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Aberdeen police arrest 2 in Economy Inn stabbing

Two Baltimore men have been charged in relation to a stabbing last week at the Economy Inn on Route 40 in Aberdeen, police said.

Clayton Marsh is charged with first- and second-degree assault related to a Jan. 23, 2020, stabbing at the Economy Inn in Aberdeen.
Clayton Marsh is charged with first- and second-degree assault related to a Jan. 23, 2020, stabbing at the Economy Inn in Aberdeen. (Courtesy Aberdeen Police Department)
Maurice Talley is charged with first- and second-degree assault related to a Jan. 23, 2020, stabbing at the Economy Inn in Aberdeen.
Maurice Talley is charged with first- and second-degree assault related to a Jan. 23, 2020, stabbing at the Economy Inn in Aberdeen. (Courtesy Aberdeen Police Department)

Clayton A. Marsh, 28, and Maurice S. Talley Jr., 29, are each charged with first- and second-degree assault in connection to a reported stabbing, according to a new release from the Aberdeen Police Department.

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The two men appeared in Harford County District Court for their Monday bail review hearings. Talley had bail set at $5,000 while Marsh will be held without bond in the Harford County Detention Center.

Aberdeen police officers were called to the Economy Inn in the 600 block of South Philadelphia Boulevard at approximately 5:20 p.m. Thursday. There they found a 53-year-old man with facial injuries and stab wounds to his lower back. Court documents identifed him as Randy Bowens.

Bowens told officers that a man named “Slick” and another black male stabbed him in the back and “beat his face," according to charging documents filed in Harford County District Court.

“Randy Bowens had two stab wounds in his lower back, and his face was bloody and swollen,” charging documents state.

Police spoke to Bowens’ girlfriend who informed them he and “Slick” had been in multiple arguments in just a few days. They were staying in the same apartment complex. She told officers Bowens was jumped when he went to get paper plates so the two could eat dinner, according to charging documents. The alleged attack was captured on camera.

“[Detectives] observed Randy Bowens walk from the direction of Super Chicken Rico carrying paper plates. He is followed by two black males,” the charging documents state. “One of the males is seen ‘sucker punching’ Randy Bowen in the head, causing him to fall to the ground.”

The footage shows the two go back to their room for a moment and leave shortly before police arrive, court papers state.

Assistant public defender Amy Valdivia said at Monday’s bail review hearing that security camera footage from the hotel did not conclusively show Talley stabbing Bowens. Beyond that, detectives only identified him by the clothes he was wearing, and police did not find a weapon.

“No weapon was recovered when Mr. Talley was arrested,” she said at the hearing. “He was essentially identified by officers because he was wearing a black jacket and jeans.”

Charging documents acknowledge that Talley’s clothes were “identical” to what officers had seen on the security footage.

Judge Susan H. Hazlett noted that, though Talley was charged with first-and second-degree assault, probable cause could not be established for his charge of first-degree assault. That, the judge said, swayed the bail determination.

Hazlett noted the charges could change once more information about Bowens’ injuries comes to light.

Valdivia made a similar case for Marsh’s release, contending the video did not capture evidence of a stabbing. Assistant State’s Attorney Kirsten Smulovitz argued that he was enough of a danger to the public to warrant confinement.

Hazlett agreed that both had been part of a “vigorous” assault on Bowens.

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Bowens was treated by emergency medical personnel from the Aberdeen Fire Department and the scene, then taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview in Baltimore.

Marsh’s next court date is a preliminary hearing scheduled for Feb. 19; Talley’s preliminary hearing is schedule for Feb. 24, according to electronic court records.

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