Man fatally stabbed after confrontation over break-in

City police questioning car owner and a friend

January 04, 2000|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A man who broke into a car yesterday in Charles Village was fatally stabbed, said police, who were questioning the vehicle's owner last night.

It was Baltimore's third slaying of 2000.

Homicide Detective Dave Peckoo said the victim's name was being withheld pending notification of relatives.

Peckoo said city prosecutors were reviewing the incident and possible charges.

The detective said the owner of a red 1995 Volkswagen Jetta and a male friend were walking toward the car about 3 p.m. in the 2400 block of Maryland Ave. and saw a man taking a cellular telephone and coat from the vehicle.

One window of the car had been broken, Peckoo said.

He said the man ran off with the property, and the car's owner and his companion got into the Jetta and followed him about three blocks east to the Lowest Prices gas station at Charles and 21st streets.

On the station driveway, they confronted the man, and a struggle ensued, during which the man was stabbed in the upper chest with a knife, Peckoo said.

The man died at the scene.

Police recovered a folding knife believed used in the stabbing and the property taken from the car.

Peckoo said the car owner and his companion were being interviewed at police headquarters.

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