A 24-year-old man, upset about breaking up with his girlfriend, stabbed her to death today in a downtown office where she worked, then drove to a bridge in Northwood and hanged himself, city police said.
The woman's death was the fifth homicide recorded in the city in the first three days of 1991.
Belinda Newkirk, 23, of the 3500 block of Elmora Ave., was found about 9:30 a.m. on the floor of a basement office in the first block of E. Read St. She was employed there as a secretary to Dr. Lawrence Rubin, an internist.
She had been stabbed numerous times in the upper chest and cut at least once in the back of the neck.
Baltimore police said Richard Archie Harris 3rd, 24, of the 1400 block of Kitmore Road in Northwood, went to the office after having had several recent violent arguments with Newkirk over their breakup.
"She had moved on," a police source said. "She had a new boyfriend but Harris continued to make threats, said he couldn't live without her. He told the victim that he would kill her and them kill himself."
After the stabbing, Harris took Newkirk's black Mustang and drove to his house on Kitmore Road.
At the house, the police source said, Harris filled up a second-floor bathtub with water and rigged an electrical wire from an outlet into the water. He had removed his shoes and socks and apparently was set on electrocuting himself but changed his mind and went to the bridge on Loch Raven Boulevard, not far from the house.
Police said Harris climbed the structure beneath the bridge, where he fastened the rope to a piece of the concrete span.
He then tied the rope around his neck and jumped.