A 50-year-old man wanted in the stabbing death of an elderly East Baltimore man was captured yesterday by police in Missouri after he stowed away on a Greyhound bus from St. Louis.
James Bork, of no fixed address, was being held last night in the Green County Detention Center, officials there said. He is wanted on a first-degree-murder warrant in the slaying of Russell Hahn, 76.
According to police, Mr. Bork, wearing a Greyhound uniform, posed as an employee and got on the bus in St. Louis yesterday afternoon.
At 12:50 p.m. the bus driver became suspicious when Mr. Bork acted confused and unfamiliar with procedures used by employees who were allowed to ride the bus without charge, police said. The driver began questioning him and found that he was not employed with the bus company.
Greyhound officials wanted Mr.Bork to pay the fare and when he said he had no money, they told him to call someone and have it wired to him, police said. When Mr. Bork said he could not do that, they called police.
Although Mr. Bork first told police his name was Ernst Bork, he recanted that statement and told police his correct name. Springfield police officers found the murder warrant while doing a computercheck using Mr. Bork's correct name.
Mr. Hahn was found dead by neighbors at 4 p.m. Friday in his rowhouse in the 3300 block of Leverton Ave., where he had lived since childhood.
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 the victim lived alone appeared to have been ransacked.
Some of his neighbors said they seen him alive a few hours before the killing. Witnesses told police they saw Mr. Bork in the neighborhood shortly before the slaying.