Halloween turned violent last night for two Baltimore men who were stabbed by costumed attackers in separate incidents.
Baltimore police said a group of teen-agers dressed in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and Freddy Krueger masks stabbed a 31-year-old homeless man three times in McKeldin Square, directly west of Harborplace at Pratt and Light streets.
Police spokesman Dennis S. Hill said Denny Alferness was sitting on a bench in McKeldin Square when he was approached by five teen-agers who asked him if he wanted to fight. After the homeless man declined, the group returned with five other masked teen-agers -- about 8 p.m. -- and stabbed him twice in the back and once in the chest.
Police said they did not have good descriptions of the teen-agers, who ran away after the stabbing.
Mr. Alferness was in serious but stable condition last night at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was to undergo surgery, Mr. Hill said.
Earlier, about 7 p.m. in West Baltimore, another man was stabbed by a costumed attacker who asked him for a cigarette, Mr. Hill said.
Ernest Hawkins, 43, of the 1700 block of North Smallwood Street was standing in the 500 block of Druid Hill Avenue when he was approached by a man in a red outfit and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle mask. The masked man asked Mr. Hawkins for a cigarette, then stabbed him three times after he said he didn't have any, Mr. Hill said.
Mr. Hawkins was in good condition at University Hospital last night, Mr. Hill said.
Also last night, police arrested three Northeast Baltimore teen-agers who dumped stones, broken glass and pins in the bags of four trick-or-treaters.
Mr. Hill said police were notified about 7 p.m. that a teen-ager in the 5700 block of Jonquil Avenue had answered the door to four children and had thrown stones, shards of glass and pins into their bags. The man told the children they would be shot if they returned, Mr. Hill said.
Police later arrested Daniel Gibson, 19, of the Jonquil Avenue address, and charged him with reckless endangerment. Also arrested were two girls, aged 15 and 17, who were charged as juveniles with reckless endangerment.