WINCHESTER — A Stephens City man is accused of knocking out two teeth of a Burger King employee in the parking lot of the fast-food restaurant at 1513 Martinsburg Pike (U.S. 11) in Frederick County about 10:05 p.m. on May 28.

Lt. Keith Covert, spokesman for the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, said the employee slashed his attacker three times in the chest with a pocket knife to protect himself. Covert said the employee wasn’t charged because he was defending himself.

Deputy Chris A. Cunningham’s criminal complaint said the employee went to the parking lot to ask suspect Blake Eugene Sneathen and another man to leave the premises because they were drunk. The employee said Sneathen told him to “bring it” and then punched him several times in the face knocking out two upper teeth. The employee said he pulled out the knife and warned Sneathen to stop, but when Sneathen attacked again, he slashed him.

Sneathen, who was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, ran from deputies before being apprehended, according to Cunningham. Sneathen, of the 100 block of Hackberry Drive, was charged with malicious wounding. The 26-year-old Sneathen’s criminal record includes convictions for driving while intoxicated and destruction of property.

Sneathen is due in Frederick County General District Court at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 6. He was being held without bond on Monday night at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

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you stand at a good distance from drunks...warn them....then if they don't the cops..or hope they pass out or drop dead , then call the morgue.


This guy sounds like a real winner in life.

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