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 EXV 566, said Detective Robert Bowman of the homicide unit.

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 at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

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

A neighbor said Taylor, an Army veteran, retired several years ago. One of his last occupations was as a security officer at Good Samaritan Hospital, the neighbor said.

Pub Date: 1/06/98

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