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Hagerstown Man Faces Attempted Murder Charges in Attack

The Maryland State Police Cumberland Barrack says a Hagerstown man is facing attempted murder charges after they say he struck another man in the back of the head with a spike.
CUMBERLAND, Md. - The Maryland State Police Cumberland Barrack says a Hagerstown man is facing attempted murder charges after they say he struck another man in the back of the head with a spike.

It happened around 10 a.m. Monday at the Thomas B. Finan Center on 10102 Country Club Road in Cumberland.

Troopers say they responded to the scene for the report of a stabbing, and when they arrived Craig Harris Zello, 50, of Hagerstown, Md., was immediately combative with them.

After retraining Zello, troopers assisted medical staff with tending to the victim. Troopers say while trying to keep Zello restrained, he struck the victim in the back of the head with a seven-inch galvanized spike, which was still lodged in his head.

The victim was taken to Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for serious injuries. Troopers say Zello was also taken to the hospital for treatment and evaluation.

Zello is charged with first and second-degree murder, first and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and weapons violations.

He’s currently being held at the Allegany County Detention Center without bond. 

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