Woman stabbed on track at middle school HARFORD COUNTY

March 11, 1993|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer

A 29-year-old woman suffering multiple stab wounds and screaming stumbled into Havre De Grace Middle School yesterday morning.

There, school employees provided first aid to the victim, and an ambulance took her to Harford Memorial Hospital.

She was in critical condition upon arrival, but a hospital spokeswoman said she was in stable condition before being transferred to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore about 4:30 p.m. yesterday.

The victim was on her way to work, walking along the running track about 300 yards behind the middle school about 11:20 a.m., when a large man attacked her, said Sgt. John Van Gilder of the Havre de Grace police.

He said she lived in Havre de Grace, but he had no specific address and could not say where she worked.

"We have not talked very much with the victim," Sergeant Van Gilder said. "We know she was approached by the man and attacked without warning. We have no motive for the attack."

Sergeant Van Gilder said judging from the numerous wounds to her neck and side, it appeared the weapon used was a knife. No weapon was recovered.

Police searched the area, with assistance from a Cecil County K-9 dog, Sergeant Van Gilder said.

Edwin C. Saunders, principal of the school in the 400 block of Lewis Lane, said Havre de Grace police had requested that he not discuss details of the incident.

He said the woman had no apparent connection with anyone at the school.

"School personnel immediately dialed 911, and school nurse Carolyn Foley came to her assistance," Mr. Saunders said.

The principal said the ambulance responded quickly and that the incident disrupted school routine only about four minutes.

"We had to hold one bell [keeping children in their classes] until the blood was cleaned up," the principal said.

Police ask that anyone who saw a large man in the area of the running track behind the middle school about the time of the incident call (410) 939-2121.

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