Stabbing, shooting add to city's homicide toll

December 14, 1992

A 35-year-old man died yesterday morning after being stabbed in a fight with his girlfriend over turning off the heat late Saturday night in an East Baltimore rowhouse and another man was shot to death outside a bar in West Baltimore.

The two homicides bring the total number of city murders for the year to 315, 15 shy of the all-time record of 330 set in 1972. Last year, 304 people were killed in Baltimore.

In the domestic argument, Donna Ann Smith, 35, who lived in the 1700 block of Gay St., was charged with murder with a deadly weapon.

She was arrested in the home shortly after police arrived Saturday about 11:20 p.m. and found the man, whose identity they could not confirm yesterday, in a large first floor room suffering from stab wounds to the abdomen and hand.

Homicide detectives said the man objected to his girlfriend turning off the electric heat. The argument escalated and the man pushed Ms. Smith to the floor; she then grabbed a small steak knife and stabbed the man twice, police said.

The man was taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital and was pronounced dead at 6:13 a.m. following surgery, police said.

In West Baltimore, police said, a man shot a 62-year-old patron of Bunky's Bar & Lounge who apparently tried to cut in front of him for a drink.

James Edward Harrison of the 1100 block of West Saratoga St. was pronounced dead on arrival at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Detective Frank Barlow of the homicide unit said that Mr. Harrison walked into the bar, in the 200 block of N. Schroeder St., about 10 p.m. and attempted to jump ahead of another man in line.

The man in line left the bar, waited outside and shot Mr. Harrison once as he came out, police said. Detective Barlow would not say where the victim was hit and said police do not know the gun's caliber.

Police were searching for a black male in his 30s, standing 6 feet 1 inch tall with a medium build and a medium complexion. He was last seen wearing a brown waist-length flight-style jacket with fur around the collar.

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