Man accused of attacking officers

March 22, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

A 19-year-old Westminster man, who allegedly attacked two city officers with a knife after slashing his wrist, was arrested Friday and later released by a District Court commissioner on $5,000 unsecured bond on assault and related charges.

Douglas Ernest Cross of Babylon Court was admitted to Carroll County General Hospital on Feb. 9 for treatment of a self-inflicted wound. He was arrested Friday after police obtained a warrant.

Police said when they were summoned to a house on Babylon Court about 9:30 p.m. Feb. 9, they found Mr. Cross in the house bleeding from the wrist wound and holding a double-edged knife with a 9-inch blade.

According to police, Officer Nancy Parker, the first to arrive, tried to talk the man into putting the knife down. He refused and came toward her with the knife, she reported.

At that time, Sgt. Steve Shatzer arrived and also ordered the man to put the knife down, police said. The man then allegedly tried to plunge the blade into his abdomen.

Sergeant Shatzer said the man moved toward him, and the two officers struggled with him until they were able to take away the knife. Neither officer was injured.

Police charged Mr. Cross with two counts each of assault and having a deadly weapon with intent to injure the officers.

Additional charges of assault to maim and stab with intent to injure and battery also were filed.

Police said the incident occurred after the man had an argument with his girlfriend.

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