Frederick police said they have identified a suspect in a stabbing that officers responded to Sunday evening on South Market Street near Carroll Creek.
Police issued a warrant charging 35-year-old Kevin Ryan Sassaman, of no fixed address, with first-degree assault Wednesday, according to a press release issued by the Frederick Police Department. Sassaman remained at large as of Wednesday, and police were asking that anyone with information regarding his whereabouts contact them immediately.
“We are still looking for him, patrol started looking for him as of last night when the warrant went out, but we believe he’s part of the homeless community so we don’t have a fixed address as of right now, so we’re asking for the public’s help in keeping an eye out for him,” said Lt. Kirk Henneberry, commander of the Frederick Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.
An officer on patrol in the downtown area was alerted to the stabbing by a witness who flagged him down at about 9:20 p.m. Sunday in the first block of South Market Street and directed him to the victim. The injured man has since been treated at a trauma center and released after undergoing treatment for what police referred to as a “substantial laceration” to his back, according to Wednesday’s release.
Detectives determined that the suspect and the injured man knew each other and, based on further investigation, identified Sassaman as a suspect, Henneberry said.
“It also happened right down by the creek, so there were a lot of different people we could talk to as witnesses,” the lieutenant said.
Sunday’s stabbing was the most recent in a spate of violent crimes that began Aug. 31 when four people were shot after a dispute occurred in the 600 block of North Market Street at about 1:30 a.m.
City police also responded to a stabbing on Blueridge Court near the Golden Mile on Aug. 31 that left a man hospitalized, followed shortly by another shooting Sept. 3 when city officers were sent to the 300 block of Heather Ridge Drive to find a man had already driven himself to a hospital for treatment.
While detectives always examine the possibility that such crimes of violence could be related, especially given the short time frame in which they occurred, police no longer believe the stabbings have any relation to either one another or the shootings, Henneberry said.
“I can say that this stabbing, Sunday’s incident, is definitely not related to any other crimes based on the victim and what we learned. It’s an isolated event,” Henneberry said. “The stabbing on Blueridge Court was also not believed to have any relation to any of the other incidents at this time, based on what we’ve learned.”
Anyone who can help police find Sassaman or provide further information about Sunday’s stabbing is asked to call Detective Matt Irons at 240-674-8942. Tips can also be left anonymously for the department at 301-600-8477 (TIPS), sent by text message to 240-674-8477 (TIPS) or via email to email@example.com.