DATE: November 19, 2018   
Diane Richardson
Media Relations Office
(301) 609-6557 or (240) 682-1658

On November 17 at 11 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Bland Drive in Indian Head for the report of a stabbing. When officers arrived, they learned two female suspects stabbed two women who were known to them and fled the scene in a white Dodge van. Officers canvassed the area and observed the van nearby; they initiated a traffic stop and arrested the suspects. The investigation revealed Melinda Ann Allen, 31, and Melissa Marie Russell, 32, drove to the victims’ house and forced their way inside. During a physical altercation,  Russell stabbed a 55-year-old woman twice in the upper body and Allen stabbed a 26-year-old woman once in the torso. The suspects then rammed their van into one of the victims’ cars several times before fleeing. The incident is the result of a dispute that occurred earlier in the day. The victims were flown to a hospital where they were treated for injuries that were later determined to be non-life threatening. The suspects were charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, home invasion and other related charges. Detective J. Long is investigating.

Melinda Allen

Melissa Russell






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