2021 | Police & Fire

Rockville man accused of stabbing fellow McDonald’s employee charged with attempted murder

Victim told police that fight was over use of Spanish

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This story was updated at 9:20 p.m. Nov. 22, 2021, to add comments from Samuel Delgado.

A Rockville man who authorities say stabbed a fellow employee at a McDonald’s last week has been charged with attempted murder.

Isiah Anthony Hollins, 31, is accused of stabbing Alexander Alvarenga, 22, at the McDonald’s at 1390 Rockville Pike on Nov. 16, according to charging documents.

Alvarenga told police that he and Hollins started arguing after Hollins mocked his use of Spanish, according to charging documents. The two then went outside, with the plan of having a fist fight, and Hollins took a large knife out of his vehicle, Alvarenga told police.

Hollins went up to Alvarenga, grabbed him by the collar and said, “I don’t fight. I kill. I’m going to kill you,” according to charging documents.

Hollins then stabbed Alvarenga, charging documents say.

Rockville police were called to the restaurant just after 11 p.m. that day and found Alvarenga covered in blood due to multiple stab wounds, according to charging documents.

One witness told police that Hollins stabbed Alvarenga with a “large chef’s knife” before fleeing the scene. Alvarenga was taken to a hospital with injuries considered serious.

Alvarenga had stab wounds on his face, scalp, arm and hands, according to charging documents.

Hollins has been charged with one count each of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, according to court records.

Samuel Delgado, an attorney who represents Hollins, told Bethesda Beat on Monday evening that “there are two sides to everything, and until you see the other side, you cannot draw an intelligent opinion.”

“And at this point my client is accused of very serious crimes, and I’m concerned for him,” he said. “And what I do know as a defense attorney for 40 years is that he’s presumed innocent legally. And I hope that we’re able to prove him innocent factually, and we get to the other side of it.”  

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com