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Salisbury Man Stabs Man for Refusing Sex, Investigators Say

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Gregory Allan Ardis Gregory Allan Ardis

PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- A Salisbury man has been charged with assault and related charges following accusations that he stabbed a man he met for a sexual encounter in Princess Anne. He then repeatedly lied to Princess Anne police and claimed to be a victim before he was ultimately arrested, according to investigators.

Alleged Victim's Version of Events

Charging documents state that on Aug. 30, 49-year-old Gregory Allan Ardis picked up a man in front of a building on Arden's Run in Princess Anne. The man told police that he responded to a Craigslist ad Ardis had posted looking for sex, investigators said. According to court documents, Ardis picked up the man, he drove the two to an abandoned building on the south side of John Turkel Lane. There, the man reportedly told Princess Anne police he became uneasy about the situation and told Ardis he wanted to leave. He said Ardis became angry, told the man they were going to "finish this" and then pulled out a knife, court documents say. 

Police said the man then ran out of the building, but Ardis chased him in his car but lost control and hit a utility pole on Somerset Avenue. Charging documents say Ardis then drove his car across a sidewalk into a yard on Somerset Avenue and Harvey Russell Road. There, Ardis attempted to hit the man but hit a wire and knocked his front license plate off, court documents say. The man said he ran north towards the University Park Apartments and began going toward a ditch, according to court documents.

Police said when the man got to the ditch, Ardis caught up to him and stabbed him in the back. Ardis attempted to stab the man several more times, and succeeded in slicing the man's hand and stabbing him in the arm, court documents state. 

Authorities said the man told police he heard voices from the top of the ditch and then Ardis left, saying, "Well, the police will find you."  Investigators said that at this point, the man climbed out and tried to find several friends in the Talon's Square South apartments, which he eventually did.

Ardis' Version of Events

Princess Anne police first got involved in the investigation around 10 a.m. the same day, when officers responded to Somerset Avenue and Harvey Russell Road for reports of a crash. Police said officers were told that a white man was chasing a black man through the University Park apartments. Police were told a robbery had occurred at the apartments, and they met with Ardis, who at the time claimed he was the victim.

Ardis reportedly told officers the aforementioned man pepper sprayed him, stole his wallet and cellphone and ran into a nearby ditch. Ardis said he then chased the man and beat him with a stick before the man fled, according to investigators. However, police noted Ardis had no odor or residue of pepper spray on or near him.

Police then responded to the Talon's South Apartments in the hopes of finding the man whom Ardis claimed attacked him, according to court documents. Officers were told that earlier a black man was bleeding and walking around the complex, trying to get inside apartments. Police followed a trail of blood to an apartment. When they entered, they found the man, who police said was in shock from a loss of  blood. He was to Peninsula Regional Medical Center by a police officer, as at this time he was suspected of robbing Ardis. Only after he was released from the hospital did the man give investigators his version of what occurred between him and Ardis, according to police.

Ardis Later Changes His Story, Investigators Say

Police said that when Ardis later gave a statement to investigators about the reported robbery, he claimed he originally picked the man up just to give him a ride. He later admitted that was a lie and he had arranged to meet the man for a sexual encounter. But Ardis claimed he was the one who refused to have sex, police said. They said Ardis changed his story further, saying this was when the man pepper sprayed him before jumping in Ardis' car's passenger seat, stealing his phone and wallet, and running away. Police said Ardis admitted to stabbing the man with a knife - not a stick as he previously said. The knife has yet to be recovered, police said. 

As Princess Anne police investigated the two accounts from Ardis and the other man, they came to the conclusion that Ardis was not the victim but the suspect. He was then charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. He was released on $100,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing set for Sept 29.

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