ASSAULT: Central District -- Police today were seeking a 45-year-old man on a warrant charging him with the attempted murder yesterday of his 38-year-old girlfriend by throwing a flammable liquid on her and then setting her afire with a match. Police said the victim, Brenda J. Battle, of the 1500 block of
Madison Ave., was in the kitchen of her apartment shortly after 8 a.m. yesterday when her boyfriend, Alex Harris, of the 2700 block of Kinsey Ave. in southwest Baltimore, entered and began arguing with her. The argument began when Harris reportedly objected to Battle's coming home late. As the argument escalated, Harris reportedly turned on the kitchen stove, which Battle then turned off. Harris allegedly then threw a flammable liquid on Battle, which splashed on her face, chest and back. Police said the man then lit a match and threw it on Battle, causing third-degree burns to her body. Lt. James Henderson, of the Central District, said Battle fled the apartment and ran to the home of her brother in the 300 block of McMechen St., where an ambulance later arrived and took her to the Regional Burn Unit at Francis Scott Key Medical Center. There, Henderson said, Battle was treated and was listed today in critical condition. Henderson said a warrant has been issued for Harris, charging him with assault with intent to murder, maiming and simple assault.
SHOOTING: Central District -- Police today were seeking a man in connection with the shooting early yesterday of Chester Stone, 25, of the 500 block of Orchard St., shortly after he left his car and was walking towards his girlfriend's apartment in the 600 block of W. Franklin St. Police said Stone was walking toward the residence shortly after midnight yesterday when a man armed with a semi-automatic handgun approached and began firing. Police said Stone was hit twice in the right leg, once in the left leg, once in the right arm, once in the back and also in the chest. He was rushed by ambulance to the emergency room at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where he was listed today in serious condition. Police said no arrest has been made in the case and that a motive for the shooting was unknown. Police found several shell casings on the ground near where Stone was shot.
BURGLARY: Central District -- Employees of Pizza Brokers in the first block of Marketplace reported that someone broke into the business through a side door over the weekend and stole a cash box from the walk-in freezer. Police said the box contained more than $800 in cash.
ROBBERY: Central District -- Stanley Farmer, of the 800 block of Hillman Court, reported he was walking in the 1100 block of Pennsylvania Ave. early yesterday when he was accosted by two men who cut him with a sharp object and then robbed him of $20 in cash.
ROBBERY: Central District -- Police reported that Darnell Wheatley, of the 3800 block of Grantley Road, was in the first block of E. Mount Royal Ave. early yesterday when he was stopped by two men, one armed with a sawed-off shotgun, who demanded his money. Police said the armed man and his accomplice escaped with more than $70 in cash.
ASSAULT: Central District -- Marcella DiAneglo, 31, of the 1700 ,, block of St. Paul St., told police that during an incident near her home early yesterday, she was attacked by a man who accused her of "working for the devil" and struck her with a bottle. DiAngelo told police the man accosted her around 3 a.m. yesterday near her home and began talking "crazy." The woman reported the man was making remarks about her working for the devil when he hit her with the bottle. Police arrested the man and were holding him at the station lockup pending formal charges and a bail hearing before a District Court commissioner.
BURGLARY: Central District -- Police reported that someone broke into a dwelling in the 800 block of Park Ave. and stole property valued at more than $1,000. Police said entry was gained by forcing a door.
BURGLARY/ARRESTS: Central District -- Police responding to a burglary in progress at Lucky's, a liquor store in the 1100 block of Myrtle Ave., yesterday afternoon arrested three men seen leaving the building. On the ground near the men, police said, was property allegedly taken from the store. Reportedly, entry -- was gained through a hole in a wall, and when two district officers arrived on the scene shortly after 3 p.m., the three men were walking out of a yard next door to the liquor outlet, and on the ground near them was the property. Charged with burglary and being held at the station pending a bail hearing today before a District Court commissioner are Jerry Tillman, 34, of the 900 block of Argyle Ave.; John Brown, 36, of the 1600 block of Division St.; and Albert Spencer, 18, of the 2200 block of Walbrook Ave.