City slaying suspect arrested in Missouri

March 02, 1992

A 50-year-old man charged in a warrant with the stabbing death of an elderly East Baltimore man was arrested yesterday in Missouri, trying to get a free ride on a Greyhound bus, authorities reported.

Springfield police picked up James Bork, of no fixed address, about 12:50 p.m. after he tried to pass himself off as a Greyhound bus employee and get a free ride from St. Louis, police said.

The victim, Russell Hahn, 76, was found dead about 4 p.m. Friday by neighbors in the rowhouse where he had lived since childhood in the 3300 block of Leverton Avenue. His body was covered by blankets on the first-floor living room.

Robbery was the apparent motive in the slaying, said city homicide Detective William Cole.

Detective Cole said Mr. Hahn had been stabbed several times and that the living room of the two-story home where he lived alone appeared to have been ransacked.

Mr. Bork was being held on murder charges at the Greene County Detention Center in Springfield, pending extradition proceedings.

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