Taneytown man held in knife attack

January 04, 1995

A Taneytown man was being held on $75,000 bond on multiple assault charges yesterday.

John Robert Shields, 29, of the first block of York St. was charged with assault with intent to murder, maiming, assault, reckless endangerment, battery, use of a deadly weapon, possession of a deadly weapon and malicious destruction of property.

Taneytown police gave this account of the incident:

Two men were drinking at a Taneytown residence and began arguing. The victim, Robert Conn, 25, also of Taneytown, said the other man threatened to kill him and began swinging a green survival knife at him, cutting Mr. Conn on the hands, left wrist and arm.

The victim told police he fled from the house and went to his apartment nearby, where he was followed by the man. Taneytown officer Pfc. Ed Engel said a window at the victim's apartment appeared to have been "punched out."

Police went to the suspect's house after finding a large pool of blood on the front porch and blood on the door and window of the victim's house. The officers went into the suspect's residence and saw a man standing at the top of the stairs covered with blood.

Taneytown paramedics treated the suspect for apparent self-inflicted wounds on his arm, police reported.

While standing in the house, officers observed a green survival knife with a serrated blade on a table in the kitchen.

Both the victim and the suspect were treated at Carroll County General Hospital.


* Dennings: Union Bridge, Winfield and New Windsor were dispatched to a chimney fire in the 2400 block of Marston Road at 6:11 p.m. Sunday. Units were out for 53 minutes.

* Taneytown: Taneytown, Union Bridge, Harney, Westminster and two units from Adams County, Pa., were dispatched to investigate the odor of smoke in a building in the first block of York St. at 7:18 p.m. Friday. Units were out for 35 minutes.

* Union Bridge: Union Bridge assisted Frederick County at a house fire in the 11100 block of Houck Road at 4:19 p.m. Saturday. Units were out for one hour.

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