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Man arrested in stabbing fellow Marymount student in dorm fight

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Local,Virginia,Crime,Naomi Jagoda

A Marymount University student has been arrested for stabbing a fellow student in a dormitory, Arlington police officials said.

Twenty-year-old Francis Joseph Maguire, of Burke, was charged with malicious wounding, officials said.

The stabbing took place at about 9:45 p.m. Friday on the floor of a dorm where both Maguire and the 18-year-old male victim live. Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said that Maguire and the victim got into a verbal altercation that turned into a physical fight.

Maguire tried to punch the victim, who then broke Maguire's nose with a punch, Sternbeck said. Maguire then stabbed his hallmate with a pocket knife, Sternbeck said.

When police arrived at the residence hall and found the victim lying in a hallway. The stabbing "exposed his intestines and actually lacerated his pancreas," Sternbeck said.

The 18-year-old was taken to a hospital, where he was taken into surgery. He remained in the hospital Monday morning, recovering from injuries that were called non-life threatening.

Officers located Maguire with the knife in his dorm room. There was a trail of blood leading to his room due to the broken nose, and there was also blood in the friend's dorm room and in the hall. Sternbeck described the scene as "a little bit of a mess."

Maguire also faces drug-sale charges and remained in the Arlington County Detention Facility on Monday morning, officials said. The victim is not expected to face charges in connection with this incident.

njagoda@washingtonexaminer.com

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