Teen arrested in shooting of hot dog vendor 17-year-old sought in robbery attempt

July 24, 1992|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

Baltimore police arrested one teen-ager yesterday and were seeking another in last Friday's street robbery and shooting of a popular downtown hot dog vendor and a friend, who both were critically wounded.

A 16-year-old boy was taken into custody at noon at his home in central Baltimore. Police did not disclose the boy's identity or his address.

The second suspect being sought is a 17-year-old male. Investigators said they expected to charge both as adults with two counts each of attempted murder, armed robbery and use of a handgun in commission of a felony.

The victims, John Trikilis, 27, of the 3000 block of E. Timonium Road in Lutherville, and Mindy Lynn Murzda, 21, of the 5000 block of Stone Hill Drive in Ellicott City, remained in critical condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The shooting occurred at West Baltimore and North Pine streets outside the University of Maryland dental school, about a block from the trauma center.

Mr. Trikilis and Ms. Murzda were serving lunch to a line of customers at the hot dog stand when a gunman opened fire on them, police said.

It appeared that the two youths staked out the hot dog stand and "waited for a fortuitous moment" to announce their robbery, city police Detective Barry Grant said.

Mr. Trikilis was shot once in the chest and Ms. Murzda was shot twice in the lower back. One of the robbers took a hip pack from Ms. Murzda that contained cash from the day's sales.

"If they hadn't been so close to the shock-trauma unit, I don't think they would have made it. They were very seriously injured," Detective Grant said.

As he often does, Mr. Trikilis was filling in for his brother, Manny, who went to Greece to attend a wedding, friends said. Ms. Murzda acted as his assistant.

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