Man fatally stabbed, another seriously hurt in Baltimore Suspect charged in Druid Hill clash

November 03, 1990

The police said yesterday that they were still trying to determine the cause of an incident on Druid Hill Avenue Thursday night in which one man was stabbed to death and another seriously injured.

A police spokesman said the incident began about 9:40 p.m. when William Baker, 68, of the 1300 block of Madison Avenue, was seriously injured during a fight with another man in the 1200 block of Druid Hill Avenue. Mr. Baker was taken to University Hospital, where he was in serious but stable condition last night, according to a spokeswoman.

Witnesses told police that the man who injured Mr. Baker ran into a nearby house in the same block, where he was reported threatening people with a gun.

When police found the suspected gunman in a third-floor apartment at 1206 Druid Hill Ave., he refused to open the door, a spokesman said. After waiting until about 1:30 a.m. and getting no response, members of the police Quick Response Team forced open the door of the apartment and found the suspected gunman lying unconscious on a living-room sofa, the spokesman said.

Police also found Willie Dan Gibbs, 40, dead in bed with stab wounds to the neck and left side.

A suspect, George Lyle Bowman, 38, was taken to University Hospital, where he was treated for a diabetic condition and released in the custody of police.

The police said a handgun and a butcher knife were recovered from the apartment.

Mr. Bowman has been charged with murder, assault with intent to murder and a deadly weapon violation, the police said.

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