Cabbie's slaying among 3 reported in Baltimore

June 01, 1991|By From Staff Reports

A cabdriver stabbed to death during an apparent robbery near Pimlico was one of three men killed Thursday night or early yesterday in separate incidents, according to Baltimore police.

The body of Lyle Roberts Jr., 56, was found lying beside Diamond Cab No. 31 in the 2900 block of West Belvedere Avenue. Mr. Roberts, father-in-law of attorney and former Circuit Judge William Murphy Jr., had been wounded in the neck and face. He died at the scene.

He had been attacked about 2:30 a.m. by a male passenger who was riding in the front seat of his taxi, according to police. Bloodied, Mr. Roberts stumbled from his cab as the suspect fled with a paper bag containing money believed to have been the cabbie's receipts for the night.

Area residents heard Mr. Roberts scream for help and called the police. On the roof of his cab, officers found an 11-inch butcher knife that may have been used in the attack. Police had made no arrests last night in the slaying of Mr. Roberts, a resident of the 3600 block of Garrison Boulevard

In Southeast Baltimore, a 35-year-old man was shot to death and two others were injured about 10 p.m. Thursday during a fight between rival members of two gangs, Fate's Assembly and the Pagans. The fight occurred outside a bar in the first block of South Haven Street, police said.

Michael Massaro of Brookhaven, Pa., was shot in the chest and later pronounced dead at Francis Scott Key Medical Center. Ronald Morris, 30, of the 2500 block of Yorkway, Dundalk, also was shot in the chest. He was listed in critical condition at Key. Michael Diodato, 31, of the 3200 block of Lynch Road, Edgemere, was hospitalized in good condition with a gunshot wound to the leg. The police had made no arrests last night.

In the third incident, a New York City resident was shot and killed by a police officer during an incident about 11 p.m. Thursday in the 1600 block of North Durham Street.

Police said they had confronted several men involved in an apparent drug transaction in an alley behind a North Durham Street house when Richard D. Bryant, 22, of the Bronx, N.Y., ran out the front door with a 9mm pistol in his hand.

Officer Gerald M. Hensley, 29, said he ordered Mr. Bryant to halt and fired two shots when the man aimed the gun at him. Officer Hensley, who joined the department in November 1982 and the Eastern District narcotics unit in 1989, was placed on administrative leave pending a review of the incident.

Shot in the chest and abdomen, Mr. Bryant was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital about midnight.

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