Three teen-agers were ordered held without bail today on charges of attempting to murder an East Baltimore carryout owner by throwing a Molotov cocktail at him.
zTC Charged as adults were Lester L. Talley, 15, of the 1400 block of Darley Ave., a student at Dunbar Middle School; Gregory M. Block, 16, of the 1600 block of Aisquith St., a student at Southern High School; and Garry L. Lambert, 17, of the 1500 block of Penrose Ave., a student at Lake Clifton High School.
The youths were being held at Eastside District Court awaiting a bail review hearing today.
Police spokesman Dennis Hill said investigators have been unable to establish a motive for yesterday's attack. The wick on the thrown bottle, which contained kerosene, had not been lighted.
Police said the shop owner, Dong Kon Kim, 38, who lives above his Central Carry Out and Grocery in the 1400 block of N. Central Ave., was standing inside the store looking out the front window around 5:45 p.m. yesterday when he saw three young males, each carrying a large soda bottle filled with liquid. The bottles had wicks stuffed inside them, he said.
Kim called police and then went outside where, he said, he saw one youth attempt to light the wick inside a bottle. Police said a second youth threw an unlighted bottle at Kim shortly before police arrived.
Police said the device did not explode and the youths fled. Later, police received information about three suspects and arrested them a short distance from the carryout.
Today, Kim said he did not recognize the suspects and that, until yesterday, he had experienced no problems in the neighborhood.
"I smelled matches being lighted, they were right outside the door of my store," Kim said. "When I went outside one of the boys put the bottle on the ground. Another one of the boys hit me in my back."
Kim said one youth tossed one of the unlighted Molotov cocktails and it struck him in the waist.
He, too, said he was puzzled about the attack. "I hear maybe two months ago about a Korean store being burned down somewhere."
But he said no threats were made and he was not called any names.
The merchant said he came to Baltimore from South Korea more than eight years ago. Kim said he has been in his current location nearly three years.