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Student Arrested for Stabbing At Marymount

by ARLnow.com December 17, 2012 at 9:55 am 8,164 74 Comments

Frankie Maguire (photo courtesy Arlington County Police Department)(Updated at 10:00 a.m.) An 18-year-old Marymount University student had his intestines exposed as a result of a stabbing in one of the school’s dormitories Friday night, according to police.

The incident started earlier in the evening as a minor altercation between two students who lived in the same dormitory building. According to police, the suspect in the case  — a 20-year-old student — confronted the victim in another student’s dorm room following the altercation.

At one point the suspect shoved the victim, and the victim responded by punching the suspect in the face, possibly breaking his nose, according to Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. The suspect then took out a small folding knife and cut the victim across the lower area of the stomach, from the front of his body to his back, exposing his intestines and cutting his pancreas, Sternbeck said.

When police arrived they found a large crowd of people around the victim, who was holding a t-shirt over his stab wound. They also observed someone throwing beer and liquor out of the room where the incident occurred, according to Sternbeck.

The victim was transported to the trauma center at Inova Fairfax Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police found the suspect in a dorm room with his girlfriend. There was blood “all over the room,” Sternbeck said, primarily as a result of his broken nose.

Francis Joseph “Frankie” Maguire, 20, of Burke, Va., was arrested and charged with malicious wounding. He was to be held without bond until his arraignment, scheduled for today. No charges have been filed against the 18-year-old victim at this time.

No word on what the argument between the two men was about. Court records show that Maguire has also been charged with selling drugs on school property and the distribution of marijuana.

After the incident, Marymount’s Director of Campus Safety sent an email to students assuring them that “this was an isolated incident, and there was no danger to the campus community.”

Photo courtesy Arlington County Police Department

  • Joe Hoya

    If only everyone involved had had guns…

    • Gypsy

      And if that had been a girl who maybe wasn’t strong enough to punch and break the criminal’s nose? And if he had continued his assault with the knife? Then would you have been ok with her having a gun for protection?

      • Deep Thinker

        Solution – only give girls and weak people guns. You’re welcome.

      • Joe Hoya

        That’s obviously an entirely different situation than two guys getting into a fight, but I’ll play along. Do you think a girl is safer from being overpowered by a guy if she has a gun? Maybe. Or maybe she gets shot, instead, or ends up shooting a bystander. But I’ll concede, in some certain circumstances, she could be safer. So how about we only give handgun permits to women who are not strong enough to protect themselves. Sound like a good compromise? Heck. Let’s let her carry a bazooka, too. That’d probably intimidate potential attackers. Or sarin gas? No one messes with a girl with WMDs.

        • Deep Thinker

          Great, now the big men need weapons to protect them from the girls with WMDs. You ruined it.

      • CW

        Don’t think you read the story right…the “criminal” didn’t get his nose broken because of the stabbing, he did the stabbing because he had just gotten his nose broken…

      • anonymous

        He wouldn’t have “continued his assault.” He was beaten up, told the kid beating on him to back off, showed the kid the knife, and the dumbass was drunk and stupid enough to go after a dude wielding a blade. He might as well have asked Frankie to stab him.

    • Captain_Obvious

      exactly, if only someone had been conceal carrying…

    • Dormammu


  • 1RLI

    Wasn’t there another incident at Marymount a week or so ago? One student hit another on the head with a bottle? Jeez…bring the nuns back. THEY knew how to keep students in line!!

    • SteamboatWillie

      Exactly. Who knew Marymount was such a violent place?

  • MikeinARL

    “The name’s Francis, but everybody calls me Psycho. Any of you guys call me Francis, and I’ll kill you.”
    “Lighten up Francis”

    • Alex

      “Francis, you can take your mustache, your vest, and your chaps, and go find yourself a parade!”

  • JamesE

    Love that brofile tilt camera

    • Ed

      It enhances the displaced proboscis.

    • ARL-VA

      The camera shot is actually aligned with the top part of his nose.

  • Tabby_TwoTone

    Good grief.

  • Greg

    I’ll take a “stab” at it and say his nose is 100% broken.

  • 22201 for 12

    Was the fact that he ‘had his intestines exposed’ critical to the story? I would have been OK with plain old ‘stabbing.’ Frankly, this raises the bar for suture stabbing reports.

    • SteamboatWillie

      Suture stabbing reports? I think I see what you did there.

      • Novanglus

        Suture self.

        • drax

          I couldn’t stomach that part of the story.

      • 22201 for 12

        Wow. That was an accident, but a good one at that! My mistake had me in stitches.

    • yequalsy

      Puns aside I do think the detail was important. It gives the reader a feel for the severity of the wound. A vital organ was not punctured but neither was it just nick across the rib cage.

      • CW

        If they wanted to be accurate, they should have said he was “sliced”, not stabbed…

        • Tabby_TwoTone

          The special at Sam’s Corner is medallions of pancreas, lightly sauteed, drizzled with a demi-glace and served with roasted carrots and wild rice.

          • Tabby_TwoTone

            That was probably too much.

          • Arlingtoon

            Made me laugh.

            But then again, I never quite lost my adolescent sense of humor.

          • CrystalMikey

            There went my lunch!

          • YTK

            Tabby Two Tone — you definitely have a nose for gastronomic delights

        • Precision In Language


          • CW

            That would mean that something would have had to have been completely removed, no?

    • Ballston

      Who is having your intestines exposed NOT a life threatening injury????

      • Ballston


        • KalashniKEV

          No… it’s not.

          The doctor is in, what else would you like to know?

  • JnA

    Some serious stuff going on on-campus. Where are the adults? Isn’t Senator Barbara Favola a long-time Marymount Administrator?

    • Uh, we are adults on campus. Clearly some adults are just incapable of acting as such. You want to talk about the triumphs of Marymount’s Administration? You couldn’t be talking about a more poorly run institution with regard to residence halls. What a joke. $37K a year to bow to a private institution that tramples our rights, wrongs us as students, and then turns around and presents a face to the public of holy sainthood and Christly education. BS.

  • Tabby_TwoTone

    Maybe the victim was holding something back, and Frankie wanted him to spill his guts.

    • AL


  • Mike Huckabee

    Not surprised by this violence because we have systematically removed God from our Catholic universities founded by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary.

    • zues

      No, this one is right out of God’s book: “Ehud then approached him while he was sitting alone in the upper room of his palace and said, ‘I have a message from God for you.’ As the king rose from his seat, Ehud reached with his left hand, drew the sword from his right thigh and plunged it it into the king’s belly. Even the handle sank in after the blade, and his bowels discharged.” –Judges, 3:20-22

      • Mike Huckabee

        Zues–you’re good. Might be able to use you in 2016, once I finish building my $3 million Florida mansion, praise Jesus.

        • zues

          Huckabee/Zues, the false prophet ticket. I’m all in.

          • Mayan

            You won’t get the chance.

    • God on this campus is the problem. I have never met more hateful, judgmental, disgusting people until I came to this university, with it’s “Catholic” students. Perhaps when Catholics learn to truly practice what the gospel preaches, people will stop feeling so alienated by their lack of acceptance and tolerance.

  • Hank

    Wait, they have dorms at Marymount? I guess that’s not the point of the article, but I learned something new today.

    • B22201

      I didn’t even know that dudes went to Marymount. . . thought it was an all-female school.

  • bobbytiger

    Well that does it. It’s time to amend the 1990 Free Gun Zones Act to include “small folding knives”. That should keep everybody safe now.

    • Arlington Cat

      ummmmm. ..The knife didn’t kill 27 people in a matter of minutes.

      • Joe Hoya

        Don’t let your facts get in the way of a good argument.

        • drax

          Well, from the exact same day as the Connecticut shooting:

          22 Chinese Schoolchildren Hurt In Stabbing Spree


          But this guy would have killed, not just hurt, the children, and likely killed alot more than 22, if he had a gun instead.

          • Hollywood

            Actually, stabbing sprees have resulted in a lot of fatalities. I guess it’s time to ban knives now too, right????


          • Alex

            In 2010 a similar stabbing incident occurred, where 21 died and 90 were injured:


            Knives can inflict plenty of death and injury. Guns may be more efficient, but the root problem here is the willingness to commit violence against innocent people which is a sign of serious mental health problems.

          • Can’t legislate it

            I like the part where it says something to the effect of “after a rash of incidents in 2010, the government started requiring registration / identification of people buying large knives.”

            That legislative deterrent certainly seems to have worked.

          • Joe Hoya

            Alex, that’s 21 dead over the course of a _year_ — not one incident.

          • drax

            Are you asking me, Hollywood?

  • Anon

    Started weekend jail on Friday for reckless driving and saw this kid carted in at 1:30 in the morning.

    • Beth J


    • Rory

      Tell us more about your experience. Did he seem drunk?

      Who else came in

  • CD

    Seruious stuff going on in the dorms…time for adult supervision?

    • Are you incapable of reading? The people involved WERE adults. Idiotic ones, yes, but adults none the less. I’ve seen much older men do worse to one another. Perhaps it’s time to teach men that solving conflict doesn’t happen by slamming your fist into someone else’s face.

  • Zimme the Bribe Taker

    Victim had failed to keep up “consulting” payments to Zimmie.

  • fedworker

    I heard that they were arguing over the pros/cons of street cars

  • JMB

    Poor guy. Next time I hope he makes sure to have a pot of boiling water handy.

    • Joe Hoya

      I take a pot of boiling water everywhere I go, just in case. It’s kind of a big hassle, though.

  • Over educated

    This story adds to the constant coddling of our youth. Back in the day, we would have just referred to the injury as a flesh wound and moved on.

  • janedough

    you and the black knight……

  • Alex

    That school needs to check their culture ASAP! What happened??

    • Have you ever seen the crime logs at REAL schools? Like ones that have more than 1,000 residential students? Because if you think ONE stabbing is bad, maybe you should be made aware of the fact that most universities have incidents this bad or worse on a daily or weekly basis.

  • todd

    I went to marymount in the late 90s and coached there in early 2000s. School went coed inearly 90s. To the person who commented that the school lost its connection to god is why this incident occurred. That is a rediculous comment. Look at Catholic University which is deeply rooted religous school and the history of inciddents that occur there. Don’t judge the school based one inciddent between two knuckleheads. I can promise you the amount fights and inciddents that occur on that campus is minimal. Our student body has always been a very tight community.

    • @todd

      What’s really “rediculous” is your inability to spell basic words:

      rediculous – ridiculous
      religous – religious
      inciddents (x3) – incidents

      It’s called spell check – or heck, just write your response in MS Word and take note of the red squiggly underlines. I’d be more inclined to consider your argument if you could spell correctly.

      *sigh* Good bye grammar and society. It was a pleasure knowing you…

    • CW

      Not so much after they went coed, I bet.

  • Mister Pickles

    Tood – What history of “incidents” are you refering to at Catholic University??? You’re probably just bitter because you couldn’t get into Catholic and had to go to Stab U.

  • MU STudent

    I go to M currently. This incident happened in the Freshman dorm called Berg, which is a monkey house dump full of dumb*** freshman. Rumor on campus is they were arguing over drugs, but don’t quote me on that.

    Otherwise MU is a very nice campus with great folks.I am very happy to go here, as are many people.


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