Suspect Arrested for Attempted 1st Degree Murder

Stabbing Victim in Critical Condition

[September 1, 2013, Edgewood, MD] - On September 1, 2013 at approximately 5:00am, Harford County Sheriff's deputies responded to the 1300 block of East Spring Meadow Court, for a report of a fight in progress. Upon arriving witnesses told police the suspect and victim had left the area. At 5:20am, Sheriff's deputies were notified that Darrius Cornell Johnson, 20, of Abingdon, had just been brought into Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (UCMC) suffering from a stab wound to his chest. He was treated at UCMC and subsequently transferred to University of Maryland Shock Trauma.

Detectives interviewed numerous witnesses and learned that at approximately 3:00am, Johnson had been involved in an altercation with Christopher Elias McCullough, 20, of 1404 Valley Forge Way, Abingdon. Witnesses then reported a heated exchange occurred between the two occurred shortly before 5:00am that resulted in Johnson being stabbed by McCullough.

As they investigated the case throughout the day detectives developed sufficient information to apply for and obtain an arrest warrant for McCullough. During the early evening hours of September 1st, detectives learned McCullough may be inside a home in the 600 block of Yorkshire Drive in the Harford Square community. Detectives located the home where they suspected McCullough was but were refused entry. A short time later, deputies surveilling the area saw McCullough run from the rear of the home. After a brief foot pursuit McCullough was apprehended without further incident.

McCullough was subsequently taken to the Harford County Detention Center. He has been charged with attempted first degree murder, as well as 1st and 2nd degree assault. He is currently awaiting a hearing before a Harford County District Court Commissioner. Johnson remains at University of Maryland hospital where he is listed in critical condition.

News Release

September 01, 2013


  • Edward Hopkins

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