A Baltimore man who was already facing theft charges from January in Harford County was ordered held without bail last week on an attempted murder charge stemming from a February stabbing in the Perrywood Garden Apartments complex near Aberdeen.
Ernest Duane Briscoe, 25, who has addresses on Orchard Ridge Boulevard and Amberwood Road in Baltimore City, is facing charges of attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, possession of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure and trespassing.
According to charging documents, Harford County sheriff's deputies were called on the evening of Feb. 21 to 301 Mayberry Drive in Perrywood, where they found a 38-year-old man lying in a hallway of the apartment building with injuries from a stab wound in the abdomen. The man was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment of potentially life-threatening injuries.
The victim told police he had gone to visit a niece who lives in the building, where he encountered an argument between her and a man later identified as Briscoe. The victim said he was stabbed when he went to retrieve the niece's cell phone from a deep fryer where Briscoe had thrown it during the argument. The victim said he pulled the knife from his body, dropped it on the floor of the apartment and went into the hallway where deputies found him.
According to the charging documents, investigators said they were advised that Briscoe had previously been banned from the property. A warrant was issued and Briscoe was arrested Feb. 28.
Briscoe appeared for a bail hearing before District Judge Mimi Cooper last Friday afternoon, when Cooper revoked his bail posted from his January arrest and ordered that he continue to be held without bail on the latest charges. He remains in the Harford County Detention Center.
An assistant state's attorney told the judge Briscoe is "an extreme flight risk and a danger to the community" and cited more than 30 arrests as an adult and nearly 30 prior contacts with the juvenile justice system. "He's a menace to the community," the prosecutor added.
According to court records, Briscoe was previously arrested on Jan. 16 and charged with theft between $1,000 and $10,000, unauthorized removal of property and trespassing. He posted $10,000 bond and was released from jail.
He was also charged with traffic violations, including driving while his license was revoked, driving while his license was suspended and attempting to elude and failing to stop for a police officer. Those violations also occurred Jan. 16 in the 300 block of Mayberry Drive.