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Sisters charged in double-stabbing--suspects identified

Russell and Allen

Melissa Marie Russell and Melinda Ann Allen

UPDATE Nov. 19

Indian Head, MD - On November 17 at 11 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Bland Drive in Indian Head for the report of a stabbing. When officers arrived, they learned two female suspects stabbed two women who are known to them and fled the scene in a white Dodge van. Officers canvassed the area and observed the van nearby.

They initiated a traffic stop and arrested the suspects. The investigation revealed the suspects, Melinda Ann Allen, 31, and Melissa Marie Russell, 32, drove to the victims’ house and forced their way inside. During a physical altercation, Russell stabbed a 55-year-old woman twice in the upper body and Allen stabbed a 26-year-old woman once in the torso. The suspects then rammed their van into one of the victims’ cars several times before fleeing.

The incident is the result of a dispute that occurred earlier in the day. The victims were flown to a hospital where they were treated for injuries that were later determined to be non-life threatening. The suspects were charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, home invasion and other related charges. Det. J. Long is investigating.


Original story posted Sunday afternoon, Nov. 18

Indian Head, MD - Two women are in custody and two others are hospitalized following a home invasion/double-stabbing in Charles County, police reported. According to a spokeswoman for the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred Saturday evening, Nov. 17 at a residence in the 100 block of Bland Drive in Indian Head. Officers responded to the residence around 10 p.m.

The victims—ages 55 and 26—were both flown to a regional trauma center with serious stab wounds. Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Diane Richardson told TheBayNet.com that neither woman appears to have sustained life-threatening injuries.

According to a preliminary police investigation, the two suspects—ages 31 and 32—drove to the residence, forced their way into the house and confronted the other two women, resulting in the stabbings. Both suspects, who are sisters, were brandishing knives, police said.

Richardson stated the incident appears to be the result of “an on-going dispute.” The suspects fled the area following the assault in their vehicle after ramming a vehicle belonging to one of the victims. After a vehicle lookout was posted, police were able to quickly apprehend the suspects.

At this time, no names have been released. Richardson said both suspects have been charged with first-and second-degree assault, and home invasion.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com

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