Two women charged in stabbing at Towson mall

September 03, 1997|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,SUN STAFF

Two women have been charged in Monday's stabbing of a third near a shoe display in the Nordstrom Rack in Towson Town Center, police said yesterday.

Sharma Justina Williams, 24, of the 2600 block of E. Oliver St. in Baltimore is charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault and weapons offenses, said Baltimore County police spokesman Bill Toohey.

Charged as an accomplice in the afternoon assault was Deunka Montrease Wade, also 24, of the 1300 block of E. Cold Spring Lane in Baltimore.

Williams is accused of stabbing Lashonda Hazel Washington, 27, in an argument that began after the two women jostled while shopping in the mall.

Toohey said two male passers-by broke up the argument but that Williams followed Washington into Nordstrom Rack, a discount shopping area that is part of Nordstrom, where the dispute escalated into pushing and shoving.

Washington was stabbed with a 6-inch sheath knife, Toohey said. Witnesses told police Williams walked slowly to the escalator and left the store afterward.

Williams was not carrying the knife when police arrested her in the mall a short time later, Toohey said. A weapon was in a Gap bag that police found in a car belonging to Wade, Williams' shopping companion.

Wade was charged as an accessory to attempted murder, Toohey said.

Both women were being held last night at the Baltimore County Women's Detention Center, police said.

Washington was treated for wounds to her head, chest, neck and an arm and released Monday from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Toohey said.

In March, the 200-store Towson Town Center increased security by adding cameras and a police substation. Before the stabbing, the last major crime at the mall occurred in April, when an armed robber held up several stores.

Pub Date: 9/03/97

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