Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Update: 2 Charged In Mall Stabbing

From HoCo PD:

Howard County Police charged two suspects last night in the stabbing incident at the Mall in Columbia yesterday. Bernardo Leconte, 18, of 9677 Basket Ring Rd. in Columbia and Cordero Taylor, 16, of 5026 Silver Hill Ct. in Forrestville, who is charged as an adult, each face attempted murder charges, among others.

Just before 4 p.m., police responded to the mall, located at 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, for a report that a male victim had been stabbed multiple times in the parking lot near JC Penney. The 17-year-old victim was transported by helicopter to Shock Trauma. He is in critical but stable condition today.

Police quickly detained Leconte and Taylor, who were seen running from the mall. After further investigation, both were charged with attempted first degree murder, first and second degree assault and carrying a concealed weapon.

Police believe the incident was drug-related.

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