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Cab driver charged with assault after Wednesday morning stabbing granted unsecured bond

A cab driver charged in connection to a Wednesday morning stabbing in Havre de Grace was granted unsecured bond after a Thursday bail review hearing.

Daniel Allen Perkins, 38, of Edgewood, is charged with one count each of first- and second-degree assault, and wearing and carrying a deadly weapon with intent to injure, according to electronic court records.

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Perkins was arrested after stabbing another man outside a Super 8 Hotel on Pulaski Highway following an altercation between the two, police said.

Assistant public defender Amy Valdivia pointed to Perkins’ 38 years of living in Harford County as evidence that he would show up to court on time and said during a bail review hearing Thursday in Harford County District Court that there was nothing to indicate he was a danger to the community.

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Valdivia pointed out that Perkins stayed at the scene of the stabbing and was cooperative with police. She asked that he be released on his own recognizance or have his bond converted to an unsecured bond, meaning he would only have to pay it if he failed to come to court.

Perkins was being held in the Harford County Detention Center because he could not afford the $25,000 bond, which is “not a reason to hold someone in the detention center,” she said.

Assistant state’s attorney Marcus Jones pointed to the seriousness of the accusations and asked the bond to stay unchanged.

“It does not appear that the defendant started this altercation, but it is alarming that a knife was used,” he said.

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Judge Kerwin Miller Sr. agreed with Valdivia and agreed to convert Perkins’ $25,000 bond to an unsecured bond. He also ordered Perkins to stay away from the man he is accused of stabbing and other state’s witnesses.

Havre de Grace Police were called to the Super 8 Hotel at 929 Pulaski Highway just before 7 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a stabbing that had just occurred.

When police arrived, they found Joseph Hinson, 41, who told police he had been stabbed four times, according to charging documents filed in Harford County District Court.

Hinson was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore for treatment of his stab wounds. He was in stable condition, according to the police.

Perkins, a cab driver who had driven another woman to the hotel to meet Hinson, was still on scene and was immediately placed into custody, Cpl. Ken Terry, a spokesperson for the police department, said.

“This incident stemmed from an altercation between Hinson and Perkins,” Terry wrote in an email.

Perkins told investigators that he had picked up the woman earlier, according to charging documents. The woman had called Hinson to state she was on her way to the Super 8 in Havre de Grace and Hinson told her to call when she was closer, and she called Hinson several times from Perkins’ cell phone en route to the hotel, according to the documents.

When the woman arrived, she called Hinson who told her to go around to the back of the hotel and Hinson would help unload her belongings from the taxi. When Hinson came down, he and the woman started arguing, and Perkins stepped out of the van, he told police, the documents state.

Perkins and Hinson then began arguing and “Hinson got into a fighting stance and head butted Perkins,” according to the charging documents.

Perkins then took a knife out of his pocket and when Hinson advanced on him again, he stabbed Hinson several times in the abdomen, according to the documents.

Hinson told police when they arrived that he had met Perkins the day before and Perkins was telling him to “give him the money,” which police note in the documents they believed to be cab fare.

The woman told Hinson to stop lying and he told her to shut up, but it was unclear what they were arguing about, police wrote in charging documents.

Valdivia noted at Thursday’s hearing that the woman told Hinson to stop lying, which “causes concern for the defense, at this point,” she said.

“The mere allegations are insufficient to find dangerousness,” she said.

Police said they consulted with the Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office before filing assault and other charges against Perkins.

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