Firefighters Helped Identify Silver Spring Stabbing Suspect

Police say assault occurred as responders were investigating nearby gas odor

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Jonathan S. Worth

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service responders were able to provide quick help to a stabbing victim in Silver Spring on Tuesday night—and direct police to the suspect.

According to a Montgomery County police press release, officers from the 3rd District responded to the 8500 block of Fenton Street around 5:45 p.m. for a stabbing that had just occurred.

MCFRS personnel, who were in the area to investigate the odor of gas, treated the victim for a stab wound to the chest. The victim, who was unnamed by police, was taken to a hospital for further treatment and was in stable condition Wednesday afternoon, according to the press release.

Firefighters also were able to provide police with a description of the suspect and a woman he was walking with.

Officers located the suspect, Jonathan S. Worth, and the woman and took them both into custody, according to the release.

A police investigation revealed that Worth and the victim, who did not know one another, got into a verbal altercation as they walked on Ellsworth Drive. When they reached the 8600 block of Fenton Street, Worth stabbed the victim.

Worth, 24, from the 8100 block of Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, is charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to injure, and reckless endangerment. Police said the woman was found not to be involved in the assault and was released without charges.

Police have not confirmed a motive for the assault. As of Wednesday afternoon, Worth was being held without bond at the county jail in Rockville.

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