Fight preceded death of man fishing off Canton pier, police say Witnesses say group threw him into water

August 01, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 41-year-old man fishing off a pier in Canton was beaten and then thrown into the water early yesterday after a fight broke out on the Southeast Baltimore waterfront, police said.

Thomas Edward Williams Jr. of the 3100 block of O'Donnell St. was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the 1: 15 a.m. incident. Police said they were awaiting autopsy results to determine whether the man was fatally beaten or drowned.

No arrests had been made yesterday, but police said witnesses saw a fight that ultimately involved eight men in their early 20s and others who were described as young teen-agers.

Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a police spokeswoman, said witnesses told detectives that Williams was fishing when two juveniles approached him and started to argue.

The youngsters left, then returned 15 minutes later with five more males.

"Witnesses reported that the group kicked the victim in the head and threw him in the water," Cook-Hayes said. Officers of the marine unit pulled the man out of the water.

Police said witnesses provided descriptions but said they did not know names of the suspects.

Pub Date: 8/01/98

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