Man cleaning Woodlawn apartments stabbed to death during argument

July 20, 1999|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,SUN STAFF

A laborer at a Woodlawn apartment complex was fatally stabbed yesterday during an argument with another man, Baltimore County police said.

Derrick Shelton Dorkins, 41, of the 4300 block of Liberty Heights Ave. in Northwest Baltimore died of a chest wound at Sinai Hospital shortly after the 2 p.m. incident, police said.

According to Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a police spokeswoman, Dorkins and another man were hired by a subcontractor who encountered them sitting on the steps of a temporary employment agency and offered them work at the Security Park apartment complex in the 7400 block of Fairbrook Road.

They began cleaning apartments about 9 a.m. and a dispute broke out at 2 p.m., she said.

"They got into an argument, then a fistfight," Warehime said. Dorkins was stabbed with a knife, she said.

Several blocks from the scene, police spotted a man bleeding from a hand wound and arrested him. Police said the man, who was not identified, was treated at Northwest Hospital Center and was being held at police headquarters in Towson.

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