Bethesda Mall Suspect Held Without Bond

A man accused of stabbing two people at a Bethesda, Maryland, mall, is being held behind bars without bond. The suspect, age 24, was arrested after an apparent incident of road rage in a mall parking lot that resulted in assault and battery. This charge and the precipitating event are relevant in courts of law nationwide, including those in Montogomery County.

The suspect appeared via video conference for his bond hearing. For this now-common case of road rage he faces nine felony charges against him, including aggravated assault.

The attack occurred at the Westfield Montgomery Mall when the victims stopped at a four-way intersection. The suspect allegedly cut them off, at which point words were exchanged. The suspect sped off, only to reemerge as the victims exited their vehicle and began walking toward the mall. The suspect drew out a five-inch knife. In the scuffle, two people were stabbed. One sustained non-life-threatening injuries, but another endured a stab to the abdomen that was called "life-threatening".

The suspect was held without bail after prosecutors demonstrated a history of fascination with weaponry, including an incident during which he pointed a BB gun at his estranged mother-in-law. Being held without bond is common in a case where the State demonstrates that a suspect is a danger to society. A judge's refusal to allow bond ensures that the suspect remains in the jail until the verdict of the case is rendered. A plea deal in a case such as this may allow a suspect to have lesser charges dropped and result in the suspect serving a reduced sentence.

Source: WJLA, "David Goldberg, Montgomery Mall stabbing suspect, held without bond ", Kevin Lewis, November 15, 2013

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