Purse snatcher stabs pursuer, is hit by car

November 25, 1992

An unidentified man is in critical condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being struck by a car near City Hall after stealing a woman's purse and stabbing a city employee who attempted to stop him.

Identified as a "John Doe," the suspect, reportedly in his 30s, suffered multiple injuries when hit by a car in the 400 block of E. Fayette St. while attempting to flee his pursuers shortly after 8 p.m. yesterday.

Police said a woman was walking near City Hall around 8:10 p.m. when a man approached from the rear and stole her purse.

The man then ran east across Holliday Street toward East Fayette Street with several witnesses in pursuit, including Elton Winn, 41, an investigator with the city's law office.

When the man ran into the 400 block of E. Fayette St., he was brushed by a passing car. The car continued on.

As Mr. Winn and others approached the man, he turned and stabbed the city worker in the upper left arm with a knife.

The man then attempted to get into a second car, whose driver had stopped. That motorist drove off when the man pulled on the door handle.

Still trying to escape, the man ran into the street and was hit by a second car and knocked to the pavement.

The driver of that car also sped off.

The suspect was taken to Shock Trauma by ambulance and admitted with upper body injuries.

Police said Mr. Winn was treated at the scene by a Fire Department ambulance and released.

The woman's purse was recovered.

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