Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Police Make Quick Arrest in Stabbing at Shopping Center in Lanham

The Prince George’s County Police Department’s District II Investigative Section has arrested and charged 55 year old Antoinette C. Starks in connection with an unprovoked attack and stabbing of a female at a local shopping center in Lanham earlier this morning.

Starks, of the 6700 block of Alexis Drive in Bowie, Maryland, has been charged with attempted 1st and 2nd degree murder, 1st and 2nd degree assault, and assault with a deadly weapon. She has been remanded to the Prince George’s County Department of Correction on a no bond status.

At approximately 9:46 a.m., a citizen made contact with an off-duty Prince George’s County Police Officer at the Vista Gardens Marketplace located in the 10400 block of Martin Luther King Highway in reference to a stabbing near the Target store. The off-duty officer and responding patrol officers located a 39 year old female in the Target parking lot suffering from multiple stab wounds.

Officers quickly located Antoinette Starks near the Home Depot parking lot still holding the knives she had used to stab the victim. Verbal commands were given to the suspect to drop the knives during which time she proceeded to continue walking through the parking lot. Patrol officers subdued Starks by deploying a Taser and immediately taking her into custody. The female victim was transported to a local hospital and is listed in stable condition.

The preliminary investigation revealed Antoinette Starks took the knives from a Shoppers Food Warehouse nearby and later attacked the female victim as she was loading items into her vehicle in the Target parking lot.

Anyone with additional information about this case should contact the Prince George’s County Police Department’s District II Investigative Section at 301-390-2101. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411 TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone, or go to http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/police/ to submit a tip online.

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