A Frederick County judge ruled Wednesday a teen accused of attempted murder for an alleged stabbing will be held without bail and confined to the adult detention center.

William Romero-Cortez, 17, of Springfield, Virginia, faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. His case is currently in adult court, but a study will be conducted to determine whether the case is moved to juvenile court.

The charges were read into the record in Frederick County District Court Wednesday afternoon, but charging documents were not yet available due to the defendant’s age.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office apprehended Romero-Cortez after finding a 27-year-old man, also of Springfield, suffering from multiple stab wounds at 4949 New Design Road in the Ballenger Creek area of Frederick around 3:15 a.m. Tuesday.

The victim and defendant were reportedly in a vehicle together before the stabbing occurred, prosecutor Rebecca Clinton of the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office said in court. Romero-Cortez allegedly told police the victim insulted him, Clinton said, and the teen wanted to “scare” the man.

With a knife he reportedly used for work, Romero-Cortez allegedly sliced the man’s throat, Clinton said. The victim also suffered wounds to his hand, arm, calf and face, she said. The victim fled and hid in the nearby Mattress Warehouse facility, according to Clinton. The victim was flown to a shock trauma center and later released after undergoing surgery.

Public defender Laura Garcia argued the teen should be kept in a juvenile facility, noting he has no known prior criminal record. Garcia declined to comment after the hearing.

Judge Janice Ambrose denied the defense’s request to have the defendant transferred to a juvenile facility, noting the serious nature of the allegations, reportedly strong witness interviews and the fact that the defendant is two months shy of turning 18.

Clinton acknowledged the Frederick County Adult Detention Center is equipped to keep juveniles safe.

A preliminary hearing is set for July 6.

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But Springfield is Fairfax county. Plumbum always embarsssing their self. And never anything of value.

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What has the Sheriff NOT done, in your humble opinion plumbum? You never answer that question, and just keep posting mindless innuendo. If there really was something, why won't you post a specific? Was this incident in the city, or the county? Does the sheriff not partner with the FPD, MSP, the other independent police departments within the county, as well as the Feds? (hint: he does). Keep posting this nonsense plumbum. It gives me more opportunity to inform the readers of what actually IS happening. You have become the best promotional tool the FCSO could possibly ask for!




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Greg F

Kids these days have never been taught consequences and how to deal with things outside of using force rather than thinking. People using force to solve problems have run out of ideas and lack the ability to think further than their nose. They want to show they are strong....oh, great...you may be strong, but you won't bend any spoons with your head. Parents should be held accountable for these kids too.


It's not the kid Greg, it's the knife. The knife is the problem. Without the knife, this never would have happened.


I confess I don't have high hopes for justice.

A 15yo who pled *guilty* last April to the manslaughter of 59yo John Weed (who was minding his own business at the Great Frederick Fair) was 'punished' (?) w/ a "juvenile behavioral modification program."


Good point a&a. With being so close to his eighteenth birthday, hopefully this punk will get what he deserves.


All the cutting of the victim, and he just wanted to "scare" him? Try and sentence this punk as an adult! With the charges he has, 10 to 15 years, with none suspended, would be a good start.


25 years no parole, then deported. Fair is fair. There shouldn't be a starting age for violent crimes against people. Do the crime, do the time.


Deported? Deported to where? Back to Springfield, VA? Or are you insinuating that he's an illegal alien when there was no mention of his citizenship status in the article? And if you are, wouldn't that come under the category of Racism, fool?


No. That would come under the category of Nationalism 🤦‍♂️.


I'm sure the fool appreciates you answering a potentially embarrassing question for him. That way he doesn't have to tell me himself what he meant, Aw. Now, a question for you; how does this come under the category of Nationalism?


Latino isn’t a race but where they originated from, like Scott/ Irish . Let me as you a question, why couldn’t you just have looked it up? Checkout the US Census form Latino is not listed as a race.


I knew you'd take the bait CD. You'll figure it out.....

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