Harford man fatally stabbed in Fells Point

May 26, 2000|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A 22-year-old Harford County man was stabbed in the neck and killed early yesterday during an altercation in Fells Point as hundreds of patrons were spilling out of bars at the 2 a.m. closing time.

Derek Gregory Mason II, whose father said he frequently ventured into the city for its night life, was pronounced dead at 2:38 a.m. at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Witnesses and police said at least 200 people were milling about in the 700 block of S. Broadway when a dispute involving several men broke out on a sidewalk near the Broadway Market. Investigators said the stabber slipped through the crowd and got away.

"There were a lot of people there that night, but none have come forward to say they saw anything," said Detective Ray Jones.

The victim lived in the 1200 block of Battery Drive in Havre de Grace.

His father, Derek Gregory Mason, 47, also lives in Havre de Grace.

"Your son goes out the door and doesn't return home," he said. "I don't understand it. He was into the night life. I thought Fells Point was a safe area."

Few homicides are reported in Fells Point, a waterfront attraction for tourists and known for its restaurants, taverns, antiques shops and 18th-century rowhouses.

A man was shot and killed in December on South Ann Street, and a New Jersey conventioneer was beaten to death in his room at the Admiral Fell Inn in July after he was robbed by a man he had befriended on the street. Before that, the area had gone more than a year without a killing.

Mason's killing occurred four days after a dental student was stabbed while chasing a robbery suspect in Ridgelys Delight, another neighborhood where violence is unusual.

As of yesterday, 123 people had been killed in Baltimore this year, compared with 94 at the same time last year.

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