Man accused of slashing another during fracas

November 20, 1997|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Westminster man accused of trying to slash another man's neck and then cutting off his ponytail was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bond yesterday at the Carroll County Detention Center.

Paul T. Mayfield, 26, of the first block of Charles St. was charged with attempted first-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and related alcohol, drug and weapons charges, court documents show.

Mayfield called the attempted murder charges outrageous during a bail review yesterday. He told District Judge JoAnn Ellinghaus-Jones that he never meant to hurt the man, who he said owed him money.

"All I did was cut off his hair," Mayfield said.

According to charging documents, Westminster police Officer Richard Ruby answered a call for an attempted robbery near the railroad tracks in the first block of Railroad Ave. in downtown Westminster about 4 p.m. Tuesday.

A man told police that another man had argued with him about money, threatened to cut him, pulled him to the ground, tried to stab him in the throat and cut off his ponytail.

The man had cuts on both hands, apparently from blocking an attempted stabbing, police said.

Mayfield and another man were found hiding between vehicles in the Sherwood Lot across Railroad Avenue. Police retrieved a white bag containing a 40-ounce bottle of beer and a device that is used to smoke marijuana, from under a van.

Mayfield and Rodney P. Hall, 35, also of Charles Street, were arrested on drug paraphernalia and public drinking charges.

A knife and human hair were recovered from Mayfield's pocket, Ruby said.

At police headquarters, Ed Steiler of Westminster identified Mayfield as the man who attacked him and Mayfield was charged in that incident.

Hall was released on his own recognizance.

Pub Date: 11/20/97

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