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.