Police: Fatal Stabbing of 18-Year-Old Was Result of Ongoing Dispute


HAGERSTOWN, Md.Signs of a bloody struggle still remain at 24½ West Franklin Street where a fatal stabbing took place.

Police say they found 18-year-old Jalonte Davonne Thomas-Leach suffering from multiple stab wounds at around 4:30 a.m. Sunday in the first floor hallway of an apartment building.

Jalonte was taken to Meritus Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators say the homicide is the result of an ongoing dispute that continued for two days. They say the fatal stabbing is the third disturbance police have responded to involving the same group of people.

"It’s an isolated event. It's not a random act,” said Lt. Jim Hurd of the Hagerstown Police Department. “We do know through investigation that all parties involved are familiar with each other. And it seems to be a culmination of multiple disputes that have been taking place over the past couple of days."

Police say they believe 20-year-old Shakeem Miles of Hagerstown is responsible for fatally stabbing Jalonte. He has been charged with first and second degree murder, first and second degree assault and reckless endangerment.

Police say when they found Miles on West Bethel Street, just a couple of blocks away from the murder scene, they discovered that he too had been stabbed during the dispute at the scene of the homicide.

"The two incidents are connected,” said Hurd. “The second victim that was located, it would be found through further investigation, that that was actually the suspect who committed the initial assault on the initial victim that was located at 24½ West Franklin Street."

Miles was treated for non-life threatening stab wounds at Meritus Medical Center and was placed in police custody.

Police say it is still unclear who stabbed Miles or what the motive was.

This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information is asked to call the Hagerstown Police Department.

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