Masked muggers stab 2 in city

November 01, 1990|By Joe Nawrozkiand Richard Irwin | Joe Nawrozkiand Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

Assailants wearing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle masks stabbed two people in separate incidents last night and at least one Halloween night case of trick-or-treat tampering was reported, city police said.

A homeless man was attacked and stabbed by several youths dressed for Halloween as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Freddie Krueger, Central District police report.

Danny Alferness, of no permanent address, told officers he had been sitting on a bench near McKeldin Fountain near Harborplace shortly after 8 p.m. when one of the costumed youths challenged him to fight.

When he declined, Alferness was stabbed in the chest and back by one of the youths, police said. The victim was taken to the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore were he was listed in good condition.

The attackers escaped and police report no arrests in the incident.

In another Central District attack, a teen-ager in a red jogging suit and wearing a "Turtle" mask approached Ernest Hawkins, 43, of the 1700 block of N. Smallwood St., about 8 p.m. in the 500 block of Druid Hill Ave.

After asking Hawkins for a cigarette, the assailant pulled a knife and stabbed Hawkins in the stomach and back. Hawkins was listed in good condition today at Maryland General Hospital.

No arrests have been made.

Northwestern District police arrested a 19-year-old man and two teen-age girls and charged them with reckless endangerment by allegedly placing pieces of glass, straight pins and stones in the bags of four youngsters who were trick or treating in Pimlico.

Daniel Gibson and two girls, one 15 and the other 17, were arrested after the victims -- three 11-year-olds and a 2-year-old -- were given the objects about 7 p.m. at a house in the 5700 block of Jonquil Ave.

Police allege that, besides placing the objects in the children's bags, Gibson reportedly told the children they would be shot if they returned to his home.

Gibson was held overnight at the district for a court commissioner. The female suspects were released to the custody of their parents.

None of the victims was injured.

About 9:30 last night, a man and woman walking along the 4100 block of Hillsdale Road in northwest Baltimore were surprised by a man wearing a fluorescent mask who popped up from some bushes and began cursing them.

The gunman fled the scene and John Stewart, 51, of the 3600 block of Plateau Ave., and Rhonda Harris, 41, of the 4500 block of Rogers Ave., were treated for multiple pellet wounds at Sinai Hospital.

Police said they have no motive or suspect in the shooting.

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