By DAN DEARTH
4:47 PM EST, March 1, 2013
Bond has been set for two Hagerstown residents who were charged with stabbing a woman Thursday in the 900 block of Security Road in Hagerstown.
Lauren Bradley Dixon, 22, and Sabrina Michelle Thomas, 27, both of 12820 Little Elliott Drive, Apt. 9, are charged with one count each of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. They were held without bond at the Washington County Detention Center before they appeared for a bond review hearing Friday afternoon at Washington County District Court.
The hearing was conducted via a closed-circuit television feed between District Court and the detention center.
After hearing statements from the prosecution and defense, visiting Judge W. Minor Roberts set bond for Dixon at $775,000. Thomas’ bond was set at $335,000. Roberts ordered that both bonds be fully secured, meaning the entire amount has to be paid in both cases.
Craig Kadish, Thomas’ Baltimore-based defense attorney, argued that the statement of probable cause, which was filed Thursday by the Hagerstown Police Department, said the only weapon his client had at the time of the incident was a taser.
“It doesn’t say my client stabbed her,” Kadish said. He added that police said the victim suffered lacerations — not stab wounds.
Washington County Assistant State’s Attorney Michele Hansen said the victim, who was identified in documents as a 23-year-old woman, claimed she was stabbed about 15 times by both suspects.
Dixon’s attorney, Public Defender Alex Hutt, told the court that Dixon had lived in Hagerstown for most of his life and returned from his home in Georgia to care for his ailing mother. Hutt asked Roberts to set a bond for his client, but he didn’t suggest an amount.
Officers said they were called Thursday at 5:17 a.m. for a report of a stabbing at the Washington Gardens housing complex.
Officers found a woman “on the sidewalk in front of 968 Security Road, and there was a large pool of blood surrounding her,” police wrote in the statement of probable cause. “They could see she was bleeding from large lacerations to the back of her head and her upper back. She also had additional lacerations that were covered by a towel and blanket.”
The woman was taken to the hospital by ambulance, court documents said.
Police documented 13 lacerations on the woman’s body, including a 3-inch laceration on the left side of her stomach, a 4-inch laceration on her left cheek and two 1-inch lacerations on the left side of her neck, court documents said.
When officers interviewed the woman at Meritus Medical Center east of Hagerstown, she said the attack occurred while she was walking away from her vehicle in the parking lot near her apartment.
“She observed the suspects Dixon and Thomas exit out of another vehicle nearby with their hoods up and they approached her as she was on the sidewalk,” the statement of probable cause said.
The woman told police that Thomas approached her on the sidewalk, called her by name, then pulled a pink taser and “tased” her in the stomach, according to court documents.
The woman “said that she fell to the ground in pain and continued to feel pain, believing that the taser was continuing to be used on her,” the statement of probable cause said. “At this point, Dixon kicked her once in the head.”
Police allege Dixon and Thomas returned to their car and drove away when a passer-by started to yell.
“It was also at this point (the woman) realized she was bleeding and saw that she was lying in a large pool of blood,” the documents said.
Hagerstown Police Chief Mark Holtzman said Thursday that Dixon and Thomas were captured at separate locations several hours after the incident was reported.
He said Dixon, Thomas and the victim knew each other and had a troubled history.
The victim was treated for her wounds at the hospital and released, police said.
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