Driver hurt in attack on highway

Acquaintance of man held in stabbing, beating

July 03, 2002|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County police were sorting out the details of an attack yesterday on Route 2 in Severna Park that ended in front of a fire station where, police said, a man continued to attack a long-time enemy in front of firefighters.

Donald Provenson, 45, of Severna Park was in serious but stable condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, recovering from the Monday evening assault, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The man accused of stabbing and beating him, Robert Parsons, 40, of the 2800 block of Sagamore Court in Severna Park, was being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center in Annapolis without bond. Parsons is charged with first-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault.

Friction had existed between the men for several months, police said. Detectives were trying to determine yesterday what the men were arguing about, said Officer Charles Ravenell, a police spokesman.

The men apparently saw each other shortly before 7 p.m. as they stopped for a traffic signal at the intersection of Ritchie Highway and Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard in Severna Park, police said. Police said that Parsons got out of his car and stabbed Provenson in the neck with a utility knife.

Provenson drove away, according to police reports. Police say Parsons followed him north on Ritchie Highway until Provenson pulled over in front of the Earleigh Heights fire station.

Witnesses at the fire station told police that Parsons pulled up next to Provenson's car door, blocking him from getting out that side. Provenson then struck Parsons through the car window with a piece of steel pipe, the witnesses told police.

Several firefighters, including an off-duty Baltimore County police officer who volunteers at the station, stopped the attack and began treating Provenson, who was bleeding heavily from a cut on his neck and had a broken arm, according to police reports. He was flown to Shock Trauma, police said.

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