Police: Man attacks female roommate with knife after she drank his orange juice

Curtis Wallace III (Montgomery County Police Department)

SILVER SPRING, Md. (ABC7) — It appears orange juice was the commodity that led to a boiling point between three roommates, one left with slashings across her body, Montgomery County Police said.

Earlier this month, Curtis Wallace III, 43, of Silver Spring, appeared in Montgomery County Circuit Court on two charges of second-degree assault.

According to prosecutors, Wallace became upset with his female roommate upon discovering she had polished off some of his recently purchased orange juice.

Upon returning home from work that same day, Wallace fell into yet another argument with his roommate about the consumed OJ, but this time her boyfriend — the apartment’s third roommate — was present.

Wallace and the protective boyfriend walked outside of the apartment along the 11500 block of Lockwood Drive to duke it out with their fists.

Within a short period of time, Wallace, who is 6-foot and 215 pounds, allegedly pinned the male roommate to the ground, punching him repeatedly.

Fearing for her boyfriend’s safety, the female roommate yelled at Wallace to stop, and proceeded to tug at his arm. Wallace allegedly responded by grabbing a knife, swinging it towards the woman, and making "stabbing motions."

Police explain the female roommate suffered cuts to her face, head and arms during the chaotic situation.

The woman and her battered boyfriend managed to run away, as did Wallace. Police arrested the 43-year-old father roughly one week later.

According to court documents, Wallace works as a dry cleaning delivery driver. He has since parted ways with his roommates, and now resides with his mother in an apartment along Rollins Avenue in Rockville.

Police explain Wallace has an arrest record dating back to the early 1990s for crimes like drug distribution, weapons charges, auto theft, battery and disorderly conduct.

Defense attorney David Schiller told ABC7 News by email:

"Mr. Wallace disputes the allegations made by [the female victim]. [Her] statements are contradictory and are fabricated. Mr. Wallace looks forward to his day in court when he can challenge the allegations made against him."

Wallace is scheduled for a two-day jury trial in in Montgomery County Circuit Court in mid-July on both counts of second-degree assault. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

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