Teen-agers stab hiker in robbery attempt near reservoir

August 17, 1991|By John Rivera

A group of teen-agers attempting to rob a man yesterday evening on a hiking trail near an affluent Baltimore County neighborhood slashed and stabbed him with a knife when they learned he had no money, Baltimore County police said.

The hospitalized victim was identified as Timothy Spigelmire, 21, of Towson.

He told police he was walking on a trail used by hikers and bikers in the Loch Raven Reservoir watershed near the intersection of Dulaney Valley and Pot Spring roads about 6 p.m. A group of four young men and one young woman approached him and demanded money, he said.

Mr. Spigelmire estimated their ages at between 16 and 18. The young woman's head was partly shaved, he said.

When Mr. Spigelmire told the group he had no money, one of the teen-agers stabbed and slashed his stomach with a knife, county police said.

The victim ran to a nearby home, where a resident called police. Mr. Spigelmire was taken to the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and admitted for treatment of his knife wounds and some scrapes and bruises he sustained as he ran from the group.

Cpl. Tom McCreer, a county police spokesman, said the assault was the first reported on the hiking trails in the vicinity, which have been opened to the public for about a year.

A nearby residential neighborhood is home to several well-known sports figures, including Johnny Unitas and Brooks Robinson.

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