Inner Harbor sees its second deadly stabbing in two weeks Police believe the victim may have been homeless

October 15, 1997|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

For the second time in as many weeks, a man is dead after a stabbing at the Inner Harbor.

A man was found early yesterday, just 30 feet southwest of a police kiosk in the 500 block of Light St., not far from the Maryland Science Center. The man had been stabbed several times in the stomach and back and died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center at about 4: 15 a.m., according to police spokeswoman Angelique Cook-Hayes.

Police were unable to identify the man, who they say may have been homeless.

Yesterday's slaying follows the stabbing death last Wednesday night of Darryl Luttrell, 20, a cook at Phillips Harborplace Express; a supervisor has been charged in that slaying.

Tactical Division Lt. John J. McEntee, in charge of the Inner Harbor's police unit, said both stabbings are an aberration in an area where crime has dropped by 45 percent.

"I've been here for 18 months and I've seen nothing that compares to either of these incidents," McEntee said. "These are not customers [who are stabbing people]. These are not the public."

McEntee said there had been one aggravated assault this year in the area, "which explains why I say it's so highly unusual to have two such incidents in such a short period of time."

During the rest of the week, McEntee says the police will increase patrols around the Inner Harbor, something he attributes as much to the Orioles' return to town for the American League Championship Series as the two slayings.

"Police visibility would have been heightened in the next week anyway; that had been predetermined," McEntee said.

Police and representatives of the Maryland Science Center said the homeless assemble in small groups in the space between the center and the kiosk. Both also said the homeless don't pose much of a problem.

Maris St. Cyr, spokeswoman for the Maryland Science Center, said the homeless rarely come around except when they're getting ready to go to a nearby soup kitchen.

"Most of them are no problem to us," said St. Cyr, who passed on information from a security guard. " In the rare case when there is a problem, he alerts the police and they're usually here right away."

Police are investigating the slaying.

Pub Date: 10/15/97

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