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Abingdon man arrested in nonfatal stabbing

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An Aberdeen man is recovering and an Abingdon man is in custody after a stabbing Monday morning in Abingdon.

At 11:13 a.m., patrol deputies assigned to the Southern Precinct of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a stabbing on the 3500 block of Woodsdale Road. There deputies found John Edward Leura, 44, of Aberdeen, suffering from a stab wound to the upper body.


Deputies provided aid until medics arrived and transported him to a local trauma center, according to a news release.

Deputies identified the suspect as David Alexander Barmer, 53, of Abingdon, and took him into custody without incident during a traffic stop. Barmer and Leura knew each other, the release said.


Barmer was transported to the Harford County Detention Center, where he is being held pending an initial appearance before a district court commissioner.

Investigators from the county sheriff’s office’s Criminal Investigations Division and the Forensic Services Unit collected and preserved physical evidence in support of the investigation.

Anyone with information about this crime, or who may have video of the incident, is asked to call Det. Moro with the Criminal Investigations Division at 443-409-3154.

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