Owings Mills woman beaten and stabbed in apartment

March 16, 2001|By Tim Craig | Tim Craig,SUN STAFF

The person who beat and stabbed a 27-year-old woman yesterday in her Owings Mills apartment escaped while two police officers were at the front door, Baltimore County police said.

Cheri Luzer, a teacher at Dundalk Middle School, was in critical condition after undergoing surgery at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, said Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a police spokeswoman.

Last night, police issued an arrest warrant charging a 19-year- old man with attempted first-degree murder in the attack.

Asked if an officer should have gone to the back of the apartment building when police arrived, Warehime said department policy states the two officers acted appropriately by going to the front door in a pair. The rear should have been monitored if a third officer had been with them, Warehime said.

Warehime said two officers responded to Luzer's second-floor unit in the Morningside Heights complex in the first block of Strawhat Drive about 3 a.m. by a downstairs neighbor who reported a disturbance.

The officers heard a slight noise in the apartment, but no one came to the door, Warehime said.

The officers then went downstairs to talk with the neighbor who called police and were told that someone had just jumped off Luzer's back balcony, Warehime said.

"It was a very brutal crime," Warehime said. "Someone was stabbed numerous times and beaten in the head."

Warehime said no evidence was found that anyone broke into the apartment.

Last night, police were searching for Tavon Linnel Fullwood of the 1300 block of Dartmouth Ave. in Hillendale, who was charged in a warrant with attempted first-degree murder in the incident.

Sun staff writer Richard Irwin contributed to this article.

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