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Harford sheriff’s office arrests woman in connection to Sunday stabbing in Aberdeen

The Harford County Sheriff’s Office has arrested an Aberdeen woman in connection to an alleged Sunday morning stabbing that sent another woman to the hospital.

Arielle Young, 29, of the 200 block of Mayberry Drive, is charged with one count of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault and one count of reckless endangerment, according to online court records. Those charges carry a maximum penalty of 50 years imprisonment along with the possibility of fines.

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Ariele Young, of Aberdeen, was charged with a non-fatal stabbing on Sunday, Jan. 3.
Ariele Young, of Aberdeen, was charged with a non-fatal stabbing on Sunday, Jan. 3. (Courtesy Harford County Sheriff's Office)

Judge Mimi Cooper indicated at a Monday bail review she would sign an order for Young to be released on her own recognizance. Her freedom comes on the condition that she avoids the apartment complex where the alleged incident occurred, be monitored through GPS and live at a verified address. She will also be ordered to have no contact with the other party to the alleged incident.

At around 5:19 a.m. Sunday, sheriff’s deputies responded to the 200 block of Mayberry Drive in Aberdeen for a noise complaint and found Young with “superficial injuries to her hands,” the office said. Young was treated by medics on-site and was being escorted back to her home when another woman, Akiera Blagmond, 34 of Aberdeen, approached deputies and said she had been stabbed.

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Blagmond was treated at the scene and transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for treatment of her injuries, which were deemed not life-threatening, according to the sheriff’s office.

According to court documents, the cut to Blagmond’s right forearm went down to the bone. After initially telling police that Blagmond assaulted her, Young admitted to pepper-spraying and cutting Blagmond, according to documents filed in Harford County District Court.

Young said the two had an argument that led Blagmond to grabbing her hair and punching her, but Blagmond told police a different story. She told police when she met Young outside at around 4:45 a.m., intending to address the earlier argument, Young pulled out a pocketknife and threatened to hit her.

Young then pepper-sprayed Blagmond and sliced her with the knife, Blagmond told police. Blagmond then ran back into her apartment when Young’s boyfriend showed up.

Young’s attorney, Katrina Smith, argued that she was not a danger to the community and would be at risk of contracting the coronavirus in the Harford County Detention Center. Sheriff’s office spokesperson Cristie Hopkins confirmed Monday that one inmate at the jail had tested positive for the virus.

Young suffers from several preexisting conditions that put her at greater risk for a serious COVID-19 infection, Smith said. She also wished to secure her release to help fight the charges; she said she had a witness to the events.

“This is definitely something we need to consider,” Smith said.

Assistant State’s Attorney Kirsten Smulovitz argued that the charges were severe enough to warrant Young’s continued confinement, but Cooper ultimately agreed with the defense.

The sheriff’s office asks anyone with information on the incident to call Detective Wasielewski with its Criminal Investigations Division at 410-638-3197.

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