Two men were stabbed to death, apparently with a samurai-type sword, in an unexplained attack last night inside an apartment in the Twin Ridge complex, off the 7100 block of Old Pimlico Road.
Baltimore County police said the victims, both formerly from Nigeria, were flown by a State Police Med-Evac helicopter to the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore, where they died of multiple injuries shortly after arriving.
Both men were conscious and able to talk with police investigators before they died, said Baltimore County police spokesman Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger.
One of the victims was identified as Phillip O. Anyaorah, 30, of the 2200 block of Pinewood Ave. in northwest Baltimore. The name of the second victim was being withheld pending notification of his family.
Police said one of the men may have been living temporarily in the apartment while the tenant was visiting relatives.
Police said that when Towson District officers arrived at the apartment building in the 1800 block of Rambling Ridge Lane about 11:20 p.m., they found both men lying in a vestibule.
Both men, police said, had been stabbed several times.
A person police described as a witness reported that following a disturbance inside the apartment shortly after 11 p.m. he saw three men run from the building and enter a car that was parked out front.
The person told police that at least one of the men was carrying what appeared to be a samurai-type sword. A weapon with a long, curved blade was recovered at the scene by police, Doarnberger said.
Police said a description of the car was broadcast and that it was later found abandoned in Baltimore not far from the Pinewood Avenue home of one of the dead men.
Police said that because the owner of the apartment in which the stabbings occurred was not available, a search warrant had to be obtained before the dwelling could be searched for evidence.
More than an hour after police arrived on the scene, the warrant was obtained from a judge and police searched the apartment.
Police said they found no drugs, large amounts of money or drug paraphernalia in the apartment.