City man, 21, sought in beating of mechanic

April 20, 1997

City police were looking yesterday for a 21-year-old Northwest Baltimore man wanted in the sledgehammer beating of a mechanic Wednesday in a dispute over how to fix a tire.

Police issued an arrest warrant late Friday for Abdu Mohammad Yahya of the 3600 block of Oakmont Ave., charging him with attempted first-degree murder, assault and use of a deadly weapon.

The victim in the beating, Manley Maxwell, 36, of Randallstown has been upgraded from critical to fair condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital, said Detective Lynette D. Nevins of the homicide unit.

Police said the incident occurred after Maxwell, who works at Peas and Slider Auto Repair Shop in the 4100 block of W. Belvedere Ave., repaired a flat tire on a white Honda Civic on Monday. The female driver of the car apparently got another flat and called the shop to complain.

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

Nevins said the driver of the Honda came forward Friday and identified one of the two men.

Police do not know the identity of the other man involved in the beating, Nevins said.

Pub Date: 4/20/97

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