Teen, 16, charged with stabbing friend in Whiteford

A Whiteford youth was released on $100,000 bond Monday from the Harford County Detention Center, where he had been held since Saturday, when he was charged as an adult in the nonfatal stabbing of a close friend.

Alexander Young, 16, appeared via video link from the Harford County Detention Center for a bail review hearing Monday afternoon before District Court Judge David Carey. He is charged with first- and second-degree assault and possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure.

Baltimore attorney Stephen Poirier represented the teenager, whom the Harford County Sheriff's Office charged following a fight in Whiteford Saturday morning.

"This involved a melee between best friends at his house," Poirier said, referring to Young.

The two teenagers started fighting in the 4400 block of Slate Ridge Road, Edward Hopkins, spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office, said Saturday.

Young lives with his family in the 4400 block of State Ridge, and Poirier noted Young's mother was home at the time of the fight.

Hopkins said Young stabbed the victim, who is 15 years old, in the abdomen with a knife.

Police were called to the scene around 9:27 a.m., Hopkins said.

The stabbing victim was taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Hopkins said, with non-life threatening injuries.

The victim was in stable condition, Hopkins said around 6 p.m.

Poirier said in court Monday the victim has been released from the hospital.

Poirier argued that his client had expressed remorse to the victim's family and does not have a prior criminal record.

Assistant State's Attorney Kemba S. Lydia-Moore argued Young has a juvenile criminal history, including drug-related charges.

"I would argue that he is a danger to the community," she said.

Young was held on $250,000 bail when he was booked Saturday, and Carey lowered his bond to $100,000.

The judge also asked if Young was OK among the adult inmates at the county detention center; Roblyn Aigner, pre-trial coordinator, said he was being held by himself.

According to Hopkins, both teenagers were spending the night at the suspect's house when the fight and stabbing occurred.

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