Woman slain at cleaners was stabbed repeatedly

Police say money was stolen during attack on store's manager

March 28, 2001|By Tim Craig | Tim Craig,SUN STAFF

The woman who was killed while working at an Anneslie dry cleaning business last weekend was stabbed multiple times and money was stolen during the attack, Baltimore County police and the business owner said yesterday.

Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a police spokeswoman, said an autopsy revealed that Mary Louise Roe, 56, suffered repeated stab wounds inside Atlantic Cleaners sometime Friday evening or Saturday morning.

Roe was discovered slumped behind a counter at the business, in the 700 block of Walker Ave., about 7:30 a.m. Saturday when the owner of the business reported to work.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in yesterday's Maryland section about the killing of an Anneslie dry-cleaning attendant incorrectly attributed information about money having been taken from the business. That detail came from the owner, not Baltimore County police, though police do consider robbery one of several possible motives in the murder. The Sun regrets the error.

The owner said yesterday that an unknown amount of money had been stolen from the business during the attack. He asked not to be named because he feared for his family's safety while the killer was at large.

Warehime said detectives consider robbery as one of several possible motives for the homicide.

Roe, a resident of the 1300 block of Paul Road in Severn, worked seven days a week as a manager at the dry cleaning business, her family said yesterday. Roe would open the business at 6 a.m. and close it at 6 p.m., which is one reason police are having trouble determining exactly when she was killed.

"She was there by herself, basically every day by herself," said Roe's daughter in-law, Lisa Roe.

Family members said they think that someone cased the business and then robbed it because they knew Roe would be alone.

"People will hurt you for a nickel," said Roe's husband, Robert Roe. He added that no personal property was stolen from his wife during the attack.

He said he last spoke to his wife Friday afternoon.

Roe rented a one-room apartment in Baltimore where she stayed during the week to avoid commuting, her family said.

The incident has rattled some Anneslie residents, who are frustrated that police have not released more information.

"We don't know a darn thing," said Burnette Pettit of the 700 block of Walker Ave. "They could be letting people know more."

But Pettit and other residents said they believe the homicide is an isolated incident.

"I don't think it affects the overall safety or livability of the neighborhood," said Peter Bieneman, 32, of the 600 block of Walker Ave.

The neighborhood is east of York Road, just north of the city line.

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