Investigators continued following leads Sunday after a trio stabbed a man in the hand and used a "police-style baton" to beat him during a robbery last week near Charlestown, police reported.
The victim, identified by detectives only as a 21-year-old Charlestown man, was treated by paramedics at the scene but he refused transport to a hospital, according to Lt. Michael Holmes, a spokesman for the Cecil County Sheriff's Office.
"He had a puncture wound to his left hand. The victim also had bumps and bruises. He definitely had been assaulted," Holmes said.
Investigators recovered a knife and a baton at the entrance of the Trinity Woods neighborhood off Route 7, where the threesome jumped the man about 9 p.m. on Thursday, police reported.
"The baton is similar to the ones that we (police officers) carry, but I don't know if it is actually a police-issued baton or how the suspects got it," Holmes said.
Crime scene technicians are processing the knife and baton in an effort to find fingerprints and other information to identify the suspects, he added.
Police said the man was walking alone near Revelation Drive at the entrance of Trinity Woods when a black Chevrolet Camaro stopped and its occupants - - two men and a woman - - asked for directions.
The victim didn't recognize the men, but he is acquainted with the woman, Holmes said, declining to comment further because of the ongoing investigation.
Seconds later, when the suspects got out of the car, he noticed that the woman was carrying a baton and one of the men was brandishing a knife, police said.
The trio then attacked the man, knocking him to the ground and stealing his wallet, a pack of cigarettes, his keys and an empty prescription bottle, police added.
Congregants at the nearby Charlestown Baptist Church, which is across Route 7 from where the incident took place, came to the man's aid after hearing the commotion of the attack, according to police.
"He was yelling for help. Evidently, the Baptist church was holding a class and the people ran over to help," Holmes said. "The people from the church observed the suspects as they were leaving."
Holmes noted, "In the area where this armed robbery occurred, it's unusual to have crimes of this nature."
Aided by physical evidence gathered at the scene, as well as information given by the victim and witnesses, CCSO detectives are "actively" investigating, police said.
"It's a workable case," Holmes said.
Anyone with information that might help investigators identify and arrest the suspects is asked the call the Cecil County Sheriff's Office at 410-392-2116.