Man held without bail in stabbing of teacher

March 17, 2001|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

A 19-year-old man charged with stabbing and severely beating a special education teacher in her Owings Mills apartment was ordered held without bail yesterday after he surrendered at Baltimore County police headquarters in Towson.

Tavon Linnel Fullwood of the 1300 block of Dartmouth Ave. in Hillendale was charged with attempted first-degree murder in the attack on Cheri Luzer, a first-year teacher at Dundalk Middle School.

Luzer, 27, was stabbed several times and beaten on the head about 3 a.m. Thursday in her apartment in the first block of Strawhat Drive, police said. She was listed in serious condition last night at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a police spokeswoman, said police know of no motive in the attack and that there was no evidence of a break-in at the scene.

Fullwood, who surrendered early yesterday morning, had occasionally visited relatives who live in the Morningside Heights apartment complex where the attack occurred, but police are unsure whether he was acquainted with the victim, Warehime said.

Police were called to Luzer's second-floor apartment Thursday by a downstairs neighbor who reported a disturbance. When officers arrived, no one came to the door, but police were told that someone had jumped out a back window of the apartment, she said.

She said Fullwood was identified as a suspect by evidence gathered at the scene.

Melvin Fullwood, a cousin who lives in the complex, told police that a blood-stained piece of men's clothing found in the victim's apartment belonged to Tavon Fullwood, according to a statement of charges filed by police.

Tavon Fullwood showed up at his cousin's apartment early Thursday with blood on his hands and clothes, according to the statement. He took a shower and put the bloody clothes in a plastic bag before he left, the statement said.

Luzer moved from Pittsburgh to join the teaching staff at Dundalk Middle School last fall, said Frank J. Passaro, Dundalk's principal.

Passaro said students are making cards for Luzer and sending them to the hospital.

"Her kids were deeply affected when they heard their teacher had been hurt," he said. "They wanted to know why someone would do something like that."

Sun staff writer Lynn Anderson contributed to this article.

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