Sledgehammer beating leaves mechanic in critical condition Dispute over tire repair led to attack, police say

April 18, 1997|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A mechanic at a Northwest Baltimore car repair shop was clinging to life yesterday at Johns Hopkins Hospital after he was beaten in the head with a sledgehammer in a dispute over how to fix a tire, city police said.

Manley Maxwell, 36, of Randallstown, who works at Peas and Slider Auto Repair Shop in the 4100 block of W. Belvedere Ave., was in critical condition yesterday.

His brother Rueben Maxwell, 34, who owns the shop, said Manley Maxwell repaired a flat tire Monday on a white Honda Civic. The female driver apparently got another flat and called the shop to complain.

About 5 p.m. Wednesday, police said two men went to the shop, argued with Maxwell and beat him with the sledgehammer in the parking lot.

"It's crazy," said Rueben Maxwell, who said the bill for the repair was only $15. "I would have just given them their money back."

Complicating the case for detectives is that Maxwell did not fill out a repair order, so he does not have the woman's name.

Police have been unable to interview the victim.

Another employee in the shop at the time could not describe the two men.

Pub Date: 4/18/97

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