Jogger stabbed in Columbia

teen arrested

March 21, 2009|By Don Markus

A jogger was stabbed Thursday night in Columbia and went door-to-door seeking help before Howard County police found him, authorities said.

About 9:30 p.m., police received a report of a man knocking on doors asking for help in the 5700 block of Columbia Road. Officers said the stabbing occurred in the area of Columbia Road and Brook Way.

The victim, William Iberg, 24, of Elkridge, suffered a stab wound to his torso and was flown by state police helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. He was released yesterday, police said.

Iberg told officers that he was jogging on Columbia Road and had passed a group of about 10 teenagers when one ran up and struck him, police said. Iberg said no altercation occurred before the attack, police said.

Officers found a suspect at a home in the 5200 block of Brook Way, police said. Officers recovered a knife at the residence, which is the home of a relative of the suspect, police said. Police arrested Vernon Leroy Costley, 19, of no fixed address, and charged him with attempted second-degree murder, assault and reckless endangerment, police said. Costley was being held on $300,000 bond.

At his home in Elkridge yesterday, Iberg said he was surprised someone was arrested so quickly. He said he got the news in a voice mail from police when he returned home from the hospital.

Though able to walk gingerly, Iberg said, "I'm still pretty sore."

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