Surprised burglar, wielding knife, attacks man, 70

October 19, 1990|By Mark Bomsterand William B. Talbott | Mark Bomsterand William B. Talbott,Evening Sun Staff

A 70-year-old West Baltimore man was knifed in the face and neck by a burglar he surprised in his home early today.

The victim, Clarence Thompson of the 1300 block of N. Carey St., was listed in "very critical" condition at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Police said he had "severe lacerations" to his face and throat.

Police said Thompson awoke shortly after 4 a.m. in the third-floor bedroom of his brick rowhouse.

He was walking downstairs to the first floor to turn up the heat when he was attacked on the steps near the first floor by a man with a knife.

The attacker then fled out the first-floor rear bathroom window, where he had entered the house.

Police said Thompson had to climb the steps to the third floor to use a telephone and to get a key to unlock the deadbolt lock on his front door.

Police said there was blood all along the path he had taken.

Police had only a sketchy description of the assailant, described by Thompson as being about 5 feet, 6 inches tall to 5 feet, 8 inches tall.

The investigation is continuing.

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