Cumberland Times-News

October 14, 2013

Finan Center staffer stabbed; patient charged with attempted murder

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — A Finan Center employee suffered serious injuries when he was stabbed in the back of the head by a combative resident late Monday morning.

The victim was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center by the Cumberland Fire Department ambulance for treatment of serious injuries after being stabbed in the back of the head with a seven-inch galvanized spike that remained lodged in his head when first-responders arrived.

The patient — 50-year-old Craig Harris Zello of Hagerstown — was taken into custody by Maryland State Police troopers who were called to the in-patient psychiatric hospital on Country Club Road at about 10 a.m.

Zello confronted the troopers but was taken into custody without further incident. Troopers then assisted medical staff with tending to the victim.

Following police consultation with the Office of the State’s Attorney, state police charged Zello with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and weapons violations.

Zello was processed for arrest at the Cumberland barrack at early afternoon. He remained in custody without bond after appearing before a district court commissioner.

Police said the victim was summoned to assist medical staff of the Finan Center with a combative patient when the incident occurred.

The investigation was being conducted by state police with assistance of the C3I Unit and the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation reportedly includes determining how Zello was able to obtain the weapon used in the attack.