Shopper at Nordstrom Rack repeatedly stabbed by another

September 02, 1997|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

A woman shopping at Nordstrom Rack in the Towson Town Center was stabbed in the chest, arm and neck yesterday by another woman she apparently had bumped into, Baltimore County police said.

Authorities identified the victim as Lashonda Hazel Washington, 27, of West Baltimore. She was treated and released from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center after the 3: 40 p.m. incident. Detectives were questioning a suspect last night.

Store officials closed the Nordstrom Rack, a discount section of the department store in the basement, for the rest of the day but allowed people to shop elsewhere. Police said they searched the mall unsuccessfully for the knife.

The suspect, whose name was not released pending charges, left the store and went into the mall after the incident, police spokesman Bill Toohey said. A Nordstrom security officer found her on the ground floor of the mall and detained her there.

"When she was found, she did not have a knife or purse," Toohey said. "But in talking to witnesses, we found out the suspect had been with another woman and got a detailed description of her. We found the second woman in the mall about a half hour later."

Police also were questioning the alleged accomplice last night. Toohey said investigators were waiting to obtain a warrant to search the women's car, which has been impounded.

Toohey said last night that the only motive detectives had ascertained was that "she bumped into another woman in the store and an argument broke out. Then the woman stabbed her."

Security measures at Towson Town Center were heightened in March. Police and mall officials added security cameras at the 200-store mall, along with a police and security substation.

The last major incident at the mall occurred in April, when a man committed a string of armed robberies, Toohey said. A 32-year-old Baltimore man was charged.

Pub Date: 9/02/97

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