At detention center, boy stabs another youth, 16

October 17, 2006|By Greg Garland | Greg Garland,Sun reporter

A 17-year-old Baltimore youth stabbed another boy at a state-run juvenile detention center early Sunday, authorities said yesterday.

State police identified the assailant in the incident at the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School as Rayce Justin Robinson. He has been charged as an adult with attempted murder, assault and possession of a deadly weapon, officials said.

The victim, 16, was treated for minor injuries at a hospital and was then returned to Hickey, said Edward Hopkins, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services.

Hopkins said the stabbing happened about 7:15 a.m. in Clinton Hall after youths were let out of their rooms to shower. He said the two boys, who had been involved in a fight Friday, went into a laundry room and again started fighting until staff broke them up.

The victim was discovered bleeding from the face and neck, and staff found half of a pair of safety scissors, similar to those used in elementary schools, that had been fashioned into a weapon, Hopkins said.

The alleged assailant had been held at Hickey since June and was approved last week for placement in an out-of-state treatment program, Hopkins said. Juveniles accused of assault, robbery and other serious crimes are held at Hickey while waiting for court hearings or placement in long-term programs.

State police said Robinson was moved to the Baltimore County Detention Center, an adult jail, while he awaits a hearing on charges from Sunday's incident.

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