Two West Baltimore sisters, one of whom was seven months pregnant, were stabbed to death early yesterday and, in an unrelated incident several hours later, police found a third woman dead in a West Baltimore alley.
Police learned of the double-homicide at 2:40 a.m. yesterday, when they went to a home in the 2200 block of West Fayette Street.
They found Denise Sparrow, 27, and her sister, Yvonne Sparrow, 33, dead from multiple stab wounds. Police said Yvonne Sparrow was seven months pregnant and that her child died in her womb.
A third woman in the house had been raped, but police did not release any information about her.
Shortly after arriving at the scene, police arrested Joseph Evans Sr., 38, in the 2200 block of West Fayette Street.
Witnesses pointed out Mr. Evans, who lives in the first block of South Calverton Road, as the man seen running from the home where the Sparrow sisters were found.
Mr. Evans was taken to University Hospital and treated for several knife wounds.
Police said later yesterday that he was in good condition and would be charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree rape, weapons charges and burglary.
Police said they believe the killings stemmed from a failed relationship between Mr. Evans and Denise Sparrow that had ended several weeks ago.
Apparently, police said, Mr. Evans armed himself with a kitchen knife and broke into the Sparrows' home through a basement door.
Once inside, police said, he stabbed Yvonne Sparrow to death and raped the other woman.
Around 2:40 a.m., Denise Sparrow arrived with another man. Her companion immediately ran and called police, leaving Denise Sparrow behind.
At 11:39 a.m. yesterday, police received a call about a body in the alley behind the 200 block of North Carey Street.
The victim, described as a black woman in her early 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene. She had been stabbed once in the chest.
Police found no identification on the woman, who was dressed in bright yellow tennis shoes, blue jeans, a brown sweater and black turtleneck.
She was 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighed 145 pounds.
Meanwhile, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday that they are awaiting autopsy results on a Pasadena woman who was brutally stabbed to death in her home earlier this week by an attacker who dragged her back into the house after she nearly escaped.
No suspects have been identified.
Neither robbery nor sexual assault appeared to have been the motive in the killing of Marlene Annette Kilpatrick, 55, of the 100 block of Church Road, said V. Richard Molloy, a county police spokesman.
"It's a weird case. We don't know why anyone would have wanted to kill her," Officer Molloy said.
"At one point, she apparently nearly made it out the door when he caught up with her and dragged her back inside."
Mrs. Kilpatrick, who lived alone, was discovered dead in her bedroom by her daughter.
Her daughter checked on her Thursday after phone calls to the home went unanswered.