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Second knife attack in 24 hours reported in Westminster; police searching for suspect

Westminster Police work at the scene of a reported stabbing near the intersection of Winters and Ralph Streets in Westminster Friday afternoon, Jan. 24, 2020.
Westminster Police work at the scene of a reported stabbing near the intersection of Winters and Ralph Streets in Westminster Friday afternoon, Jan. 24, 2020. (Dylan Slagle/Carroll County Times)

Westminster police said they are searching for a suspect in a knife attack that occurred in downtown Westminster on Friday afternoon, less than 24 hours after a stabbing occurred in the same area.

Police responded to a call of an assault with a knife at about 2:40 p.m. Friday, in the area around the 220 block of E. Main St., according to Westminster police Chief Thomas Ledwell.

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“It’s a similar location to the assault from earlier this morning,” he said, in reference to a separate stabbing just after midnight Friday morning. “I believe the people involved are connected."

The call was made to police from a person on the 220 block of E. Main St. who told police that a woman had come inside the caller’s building and said she had just been assaulted by a man with a knife in the alley behind a building on the 260 block of E. Main St., according to Westminster police Capt. Scott Peter.

“The gentleman was described as a white male, 6-[foot]-1, blue eyes, grey sweatpants, black shirt, who then ran from the scene," Peter said. He noted that as of 5 p.m. Friday the suspect was still at large.

Peter also said the victim was not seriously hurt and that she declined medical treatment on the scene.

“Cutting would be the accurate way to describe it,” he said. “She was cut with a knife when the suspect lunged at her.”

The victim represents a connection between the afternoon’s attack and a separate stabbing just after midnight Friday morning. “This woman was a witness last night, she is saying,” Peter said. “There appears to be some sort of link.”

The first knife attack took place at about 12:20 a.m. Friday, when a white man directed a racist epithet at a black victim, threatened to hang that victim and then stabbed the victim with a straight-edge, “fixed blade” knife, according to Westminster police.

Buck K. Sexton Jr., 37, is currently being held without bond on charges of first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment for that early-morning incident, while the victim was flown to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was reported to be in stable condition.

Police were still investigating the knife attack as of Friday evening, and anyone with information is encouraged to call the Westminster Police Department.

“Cpl. William Long is the investigator,” Peter said. “They can feel free to contact him.”

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