Man charged in stadium stabbing
CENTREVILLE — An Elkton man has been charged with second-degree attempted murder after a stabbing during a high school football playoff game Friday night, Nov. 11, at Lions Stadium.
Rodney O’Neal Wesson, 50, was attending the Queen Anne’s County versus Elkton game when he got into an argument with his estranged wife, who also was attending the game to watch their son play, according to the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office.
As the argument escalated, Eugene King, 39, also of Elkton, a
friend of Mrs. Wesson, attempted to intervene and Wesson stabbed King in the chest, police said. The assault occurred on the visitors side of the field shortly before 8 p.m.
Wesson tried to run away but was quickly chased down and captured by 1st Sgt. John Meyers and another deputy working the football game, according to Lt. Dale Patrick, sheriff’s office spokesman.
Police also recovered the weapon, a knife known as a Sonny, with a 3- to 4-inch blade, Patrick said.
King was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment. He was listed in good condition Saturday afternoon, according to Frank B. Moorman, hospital spokesman. By Tuesday afternoon, King had been discharged.
The joint statement issued Friday night by Patrick and Queen Anne’s County High School Principal Angela Holocker said the assault was an isolated occurrence and quickly contained to a degree that the football game continued without interruption.
“A large portion of the crowd didn’t know it had happened until the ambulance showed up,” Patrick said.
Sports editor William Haufe, who was covering the game, confirmed that.
“I was on the Queen Anne’s sideline, and no one there knew anything about it. I didn’t know anything had happened until the helicopter showed up,” Haufe said.
He said he thought the helicopter was flying awfully low, then realized it was landing near the concession booth. Haufe said he asked the Queen Anne’s trainer if she knew why the helicopter was there, and she said there had been a stabbing.
In addition to attempted murder, Wesson is charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and use of a deadly weapon with intent to injure.
He is being held at the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center on no bail. A preliminary hearing in the case is set for Dec. 8.