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Bel Air police release photo of Dark Horse stabbing suspect

Bel Air police have released a photo of the man they suspect of stabbing two people at The Dark Horse Saloon from surveillance video.

The man is wanted for first-degree assault and had not been located as of 5 p.m. Thursday.


No further details were available on the investigation, and police again declined to release the identity of the victims Thursday.

Deputy Chief Richard Peschek said Thursday another fight occurred near the same location later that night. The second fight involved several people and happened around Route 22 and Main Street just after 1 a.m., although Peschek said it did not involve Dark Horse patrons to the best knowledge of investigators.


Two people were stabbed during the fight outside Dark Horse at about 11:39 p.m. Saturday.

Bel Air police officers found one person stabbed in the neck and chest and a second person with stab wounds to the back, according to a Bel Air Police Department news release.

Bel Air Police Chief Leo Matrangola thought the assailant had a box cutter, Chris Reda, owner of the Dark Horse Saloon, said Tuesday, but witnesses told Reda the assailant may have picked up an outdoor ashtray and used it to hit the victims. Police said both victims are 26.

Reached late Tuesday afternoon, however, Matrangola said the incident was definitely a stabbing.

"An unknown black male in his late 20s removed the knife and attacked," the police chief said. "After he made contact with them with the knife, he ran from the parking lot of the Dark Horse toward Belair Road."

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Matrangola said the victims have been released from Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, where they had been taken after the incident.

He also did not know where on their body they had been stabbed.

The incident began inside the business and spilled out onto the parking lot, according to the news release.


Ten people were fighting in the parking lot, according to a call for service to the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

The suspect was described in that call for service as a 6-foot-tall man, weighing 200 pounds, in a white and gray shirt, light blue jeans and short cut hair.

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