Ocean City Today

Teen takes one year in jail in stabbing case

By Katie Tabeling | Nov 23, 2017

(Nov. 24, 2017) A teenager accused of participating in a summertime stabbing will serve one year in jail, after pleading guilty to second-degree assault last week in Worcester County Circuit Court.

Wilmot Hage, 19, of Columbia, Maryland, was also charged with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and malicious destruction of property. However, the State’s Attorney Office declined to pursue those charges.

Hage was sentenced to three years, with all but one year suspended. He was also placed on supervised probation for 18 months following his release.

Hage was one of three suspects involved in stabbing a man at a downtown liquor store on June 9. According to charging documents, police answered a call about a fight at a shop on Ninth Street. By the time they arrived, all involved had fled the scene.

Employees at a nearby hotel later told police that three men were in the lobby, one of whom was bleeding from the face and legs.

The victim told police that he was jumped by three other men inside the store. He had a large laceration on his chin, one-inch wounds to his upper left and interior thighs.

After the victim was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Ocean City Police interviewed the store’s employee. The employee told police the victim entered the store, and asked to be hidden, because people were trying to assault him. Three men then entered the store and attacked him.

The employee took a photograph of all three men attacking the victim.

Officers described one suspect as light-skinned black man with a short brown afro-style haircut wearing jeans, grey sneakers, a grey hoodie and visible cheetah print boxers. Three hours after the assault, officers saw Hage, who matched that description. His clothes were splattered with blood, according to reports.

Hage admitted to officers that he was involved in the fight, but said he did not stab anyone. He claimed that his friend was seeking retribution from an earlier scuffle.

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