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16-year-old charged in stabbing outside Woodlawn roller rink

Baltimore County police charged a 16-year-old in a stabbing Saturday night that left two teens injured outside a Woodlawn roller skating rink.

Officers were called at 11:41 p.m. to the 1700 block of Whitehead Road, outside of Hot Skates, for a report of a stabbing, Police said a girl had gotten into an argument inside the rink, and somebody stabbed her multiple times when she went outside to call a relative for a ride

A 19-year-old man was also stabbed; neither victim suffered life-threatening injuries.

Police did not identify the suspect because he was charged as a juvenile. The suspect also suffered a minor injury during the stabbing.

Hot Skates management wrote in a statement to The Baltimore Sun that the stabbing wasn't on rink property and that the facility had closed by the time of the stabbing. Nonetheless, they said, rink security staff "acted immediately to intervene and break up the altercation."

"We'd like to reiterate that we had a perfectly safe session that night as we have had every session since we took over ownership of this facility back in July 2011," the statement said.

The skating rink was previously owned by a company called Skateworks, where police were called regularly for large, rowdy crowds. Police said the there was also drug dealing, and a shooting in the parking lot behind the building, located in an industrial park near Security Boulevard.

Baltimore County revoked the rink's operating license after three people were arrested in August 2010 in the rape of a 12-year-old girl. The owners later filed for bankruptcy liquidation and the rink closed.

The new company reopened the rink 2011.

In August, Baltimore County ordered a separate Parkville roller-skating rink to cancel a "club night"-themed event over concerns about crowds of teenagers disturbing residents and businesses as they leave the rink at closing time.

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