Neighbors Rattled By Perry Hall Double Stabbing

Police responded to Hilltop Acres Road Thursday evening for a double stabbing.

UPDATE (3:45 p.m., Jan. 11)—Police charged the suspected stabber and both victims involved in the Hilltop Acres stabbing in Perry Hall on Jan. 3. None of the men is a local. Police say it was drug related - http://patch.com/A-1bqv


Jennifer Searles had just put her young son to bed Thursday evening when a police helicopter's spotlight began shining in her windows. She heard sirens and watched as police dogs searched the neighborhood.

"I desperately wanted to know what was going on but no one knocked on our door to tell us. I was just so freaked out," said Searles, a resident of Hilltop Acres Road. 

According to Baltimore County police, the Perry Hall neighborhood, lined with a mix of townhomes and single-family homes, was the scene of a brutal double stabbing and search.

At about 7:40 p.m. on Jan. 3, in the 5000 block of Hilltop Acres Road, two men, 19 and 20 years old, got into a fight with another unknown man. Both men were stabbed and ran toward Winding Way, where they called 911 and were transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for treatment, police announced Friday morning.

One of the victims had been released and the other remained at the hospital into Friday morning, the release stated. Police spokeswoman Cpl. Cathy Batton did not indicate where the victims were from or why they were in the area, citing the ongoing investigation.

As of Friday afternoon, the search for the suspect continued. He is described as a black male, between 18 and 25 years old, with a slim build and was wearing all dark clothing, Batton said. 

For Searles, the incident raised several concerns. 

"I know all of my neighbors. No one fitting the suspect description even lives around here. If this was some sort of drug deal, I want to know," she said. 

"We come out here every day to watch the school bus. There are numerous elementary school children who live on this block. It's very family friendly," she added.

Jennifer Mahon, another resident of Hilltop Acres Road, agreed that the incident seemed out of place in the quiet community. 

"As far as I know, it's a very safe neighborhood. I've been here about five to seven months and we've never had anything like this. My dogs usually let me know if anything is going on," she said.  

JCG January 05, 2013 at 02:11 PM
W-E-L-L, when you pack 4500 people into a square mile.......S - - T happens ( to put it politely ) Why does everyone seem so naive about crime and violence when there's ~ 40,000 souls in 21236, not to mention 21234 and 21128. Boy scout motto "Be prepared". I am !!
Kathy B January 05, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Jennifer-I think you can call the White Marsh precinct for info when an incident is happening.
Valerie Mettee January 05, 2013 at 03:54 PM
My dad lives on Winding Way, has been there since early 90's. It's a very quiet neighborhood. Silver Spring dead ends and there's nothing but older big homes back there. Many of the residents still leave their doors unlocked and everyone knows everyone. I hope they find the guy responsible. The last thing the people there need is trash like him ruining the community.
gabe January 05, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Thanks for letting the public know that some people leave there doors unlocked. Just because he is black does not mean its our of the norm. Black people live everywhere and yes they do commit more crimes then any other nationality but that does not mean he is not from there or the surrounding area. Most likely it was something to do with drugs or something illegal because they are young and stupid.
FIFA January 05, 2013 at 07:07 PM
That is 6.200 square feet per person in your square mile. Pretty loose packing.
Family Man January 05, 2013 at 07:18 PM
I have lived on Jessica lane, right down the street, for 15 years and nothing like this has ever happened before. I would like to think that this was isolated, but the fact is that crime is spreading from a center nucleus ( Baltimore City) to the outlining counties. They bus those city people up this way and this kind of stuff happens. I am not naive and I am not a racist. I am a realist. You let that kind of element into our neighborhoods and this is going to happen.
FIFA January 05, 2013 at 08:08 PM
You should have "they" arrested as well as those "elements'.
Steve January 05, 2013 at 08:10 PM
"Black people live everywhere and yes they do commit more crimes then any other nationality..." No, they are just convicted of more crimes. Big difference.
K L B January 05, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Not true Steve, they do commit more crimes and more violent crimes !
Steve January 05, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Not even remotely true. http://www2.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2009/data/table_43.html
Megan January 05, 2013 at 09:02 PM
I don't understand why anyone would leave their doors unlocked- this isn't "Little House on the Prairie"
r. kaufhauser January 05, 2013 at 10:03 PM
You can leave your door unlocked,just don"t be the one going in with bad intent, they might be carrying you out in a bag. Protect this house, respect others. Keep that crap in the hood and you'll be ok.
r. kaufhauser January 05, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Here,here,koudos to you.
r. kaufhauser January 05, 2013 at 10:15 PM
I don't care if you are white black blueor green, get up go to work,support the kids you created without me having to pay for them, and I don't have a problem.
SG from PH January 05, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Every home owner should have a gun to defend them selves. My house is protected by Smith and Wesson and a very large dog.
Honeygo Hal January 05, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Thanks for giving everyone on the Patch a clue about the security status of the houses in the neighborhood...
Tim January 06, 2013 at 02:20 AM
Seriously. Holy cow.
JCG January 06, 2013 at 02:21 AM
The people that leave their house doors and garages unlocked and open are probably the same people that leave their cars running at 7-11 ( or whereever ). Good luck to ya !! BTW, I'm on the look-out for a 2013 Audi A8 !! ;-)
Tim January 06, 2013 at 02:22 AM
Sorry but 15 years and this is the first incident = isolated. If you were a realist, you'd have come to this conclusion and saved the rest of the subliminally charged racial rant.
Bev January 06, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Wow! Thanks for the stats.
Family Man January 06, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Tim, I read your comments all the time on every story on the Patch. For certain you rarely have anything to contribute to the conversation besides sarcasm and idiotic comments. Obviously you do not live near this incident. Thanks for the stimulating input you give on all the stories
Tim January 06, 2013 at 07:35 PM
This one? No. Others? Absolutely. At one point we had a drug dealer (we are fairly certain) living on OUR block. It was called in at one point by a neighbor, and the Police found nothing. Good fortune for them, perhaps. Crime happens. It happened plenty before Patch sites were around to report everything the standard news media doesn't have time and resources too. Crime is happening LESS in our neighborhoods then in recent years past, on the whole. It doesn't take long to verify this (with the exception of drug specific crime). You'd never know it from the posters on here, though. It's all too easy to lose perspective. I just enjoy pointing out irrationality and hypocrisy in our society, since it's unfortunately riddled with it, and this forum is no different. Example: Leaving your doors unlocked at night - idiotic. Saying nothing is happening for 15 years, and then suggesting one event is not isolated, well that's just incorrect, and an oxymoron. I understand your sentiments though. One resorts to insults when they lack of a rational argument. Of course, this is something I am seldom in a position to need.
R. Crenshaw January 07, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Ed January 08, 2013 at 02:48 AM
Big part of why our car insurance rates keep going up are the yahoos that leave their cars running at 7-11, etc. I see it all the time. When they report it, they now have no car, but still have to pay for it.
DougW January 09, 2013 at 07:54 PM
I asked an insurance claims person if the insurance company would pay for a stolen car if they knew the keys were left in it and it was running. The answer was "Yes, we have to insure stupid also". And we wonder why our rates are so high. Yesterday, there were 6 (SIX) cars worth a total of close to $100,000 in front of the 7-11 I visited.
Emily Kimball (Editor) January 11, 2013 at 08:48 PM
UPDATE (3:45 p.m., Jan. 11)—Police charged the suspected stabber and both victims involved in the Hilltop Acres stabbing in Perry Hall on Jan. 3. None of the men is a local. Police say it was drug related. - http://patch.com/A-1bqv


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