Teen killed, another hurt in stabbing

November 03, 2003|By Alec MacGillis | Alec MacGillis,SUN STAFF

A 15-year-old boy was stabbed to death and another wounded late Saturday during a fight with two other teen-agers outside a carryout restaurant in the Cherry Hill area, police said.

Police said that a group of teen-agers was riding bikes to pick up food when they got in an argument with two other teens, ages 15 and 17. The argument ended, and the group pedaled to the restaurant in the 700 block of Cherry Hill Road.

But a few minutes later, the 15-year-old and the 17-year-old also arrived at the restaurant. The argument resumed, and two boys in the first group were stabbed, police said.

Pronounced dead at the scene about 10:45 p.m. was James Hudson of the 800 block of N. Gilmor St., who suffered stab wounds to his chest. The other victim, Eric Lecount of the 1000 block of Upnor Road, was taken to Harbor Hospital with a head wound that police said was not life threatening.

Police called more officers to help contain a group of youths that gathered after the stabbings. Some in the crowd identified the 15-year-old and 17-year-old, who were still present, as the ones who attacked the victims, police said.

Two knives were found on the suspects, who were taken into custody, police said. Because they are juveniles, their names were not released. Charges were pending.

Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman, said officers were gratified that some in the crowd had been willing to identify the alleged attackers.

"They did not do it initially, but as more police arrived and got control of the scene, [the witnesses] felt more comfortable and pointed them out," she said. "That's a good thing. I'm glad those folks were able to open their mouths."

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