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This report was updated at 5:37 p.m. on July 5, 2012.

A Montgomery County District Court judge upheld Thursday the decision to deny bond to a Silver Spring man charged with stabbing an acquaintance to death during a dispute.

Hugo Rodriguez, 38, of the 400 block of South Hampton Drive, was arrested shortly after 2:30 p.m. July 3 when Montgomery County police found the victim, 35-year-old Thomas Harvey, suffering from several apparent stab wounds at 8060 13th St. in Silver Spring, police said. Officers were responding to reports of a stabbing at the address, where several witnesses reported seeing Rodriguez fleeing the area armed with a knife, police said.

“He was initially held without bond,” said John Lavigne, a county assistant public defender who represented Rodriguez at his bond review hearing Thursday. “I asked the judge to assign him some kind of bond, but Judge [Barry] Hamilton was disinclined to change that.”

Rodriguez was located by officers a short distance away from the stabbing and placed under arrest, police said. The knife reportedly used in the stabbing was found in a nearby storm drain. Rodriguez was charged with first-degree murder after Harvey died from his injuries in a local hospital later that night, police said.

Police said Rodriguez stabbed Harvey after an argument turned physical. Both were armed with knives.

No attorney information was available for Rodriguez in an online search of court records Tuesday afternoon. According to Lavigne, public defenders had not yet had a chance to speak with Rodriguez prior to his bond review hearing.

“We anticipate having an attorney assigned to his case later this afternoon,” Lavigne said.

Twelve years ago Rodriguez was sentenced to a year in prison for second-degree assault, among other charges, according to court records. He was sentenced to another year and six months in jail in November 2000 for second-degree assault and malicious destruction of property charges, court records state.

jarias@gazette.net