Warrants charge Baltimore man, 56, in fatal stabbing, wounding, car theft

January 06, 1998|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Police charged John Henry Harris yesterday in warrants with first-degree murder in the stabbing Sunday night of an elderly Northeast Baltimore man and the attempted murder of the man's wife.

Harris, 56, of the 5600 block of Knell Ave. is being sought. He also is charged with stealing the couple's 1997 Toyota Camry with tags EKV 566, said Detective Robert Bowman of the homicide unit.

Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a police spokesman, said the Camry was found yesterday evening in the 2000 block of Sinclair Lane by a Northeastern District officer who recognized the missing car and its license tags.

Weinhold said the car was towed to police headquarters for processing. He said there was no sign of the suspect where the car was recovered and that the search for Harris continued.

Bowman said James Taylor, 85, of the 5600 block of Todd Ave., who was legally blind, was stabbed in the chest shortly after 8: 30 p.m. during an argument at his home and died about 9: 40 p.m. at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Taylor's wife, Augusta, 76, was in fair condition at Bayview yesterday with a stab wound to the upper body.

Pub Date: 1/06/98

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