3 teens arrested in stabbings of 2 city workers

Pair had tried to stop car break-in, police say

May 07, 2004|By Laurie Willis | Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF

Two city Department of Transportation workers were stabbed yesterday afternoon after confronting three teen-agers who were allegedly trying to break into a Honda Accord across from Mondawmin Mall in Northwest Baltimore.

The two city workers, Daniel Dupree, 34, and Frederick Alston, 32, were both stabbed in the back, said Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman. Dupree was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and Alston was taken to Sinai Hospital. They were both treated and released last night, Monroe said.

Detective Donny Moses, a police spokesman, said police had three Baltimore males -- all in their late teens -- in custody in connection with the stabbings, but their names were not released. The suspects were arrested inside the Stop Shop & Save grocery store near Mondawmin Mall minutes after the assault, said Maj. Marcus Brown, commander of the department's Northwestern District.

Police were given descriptions of the assailants by a passer-by who witnessed the stabbings in the 2500 block of Liberty Heights Ave. The witness, identified by police as Darrick Marshall of San Diego, called 911 and then followed the assailants as they fled on foot toward the mall, Brown said.

The stabbings happened about 3:15 p.m. when Dupree and Alston were performing routine tasks, including pavement markings, said transportation spokesman David Brown.

David Brown said he wasn't sure how long the men have worked for the city or how long they had been on Liberty Heights Avenue when the incident occurred.

Major Brown said an altercation ensued after Dupree and Alston confronted the three teen-agers. Moses said officials aren't sure how many knives were used in the assault or how many perpetrators inflicted the wounds.

After being stabbed, one of the workers was able to reach the radio inside the city truck and call 911, said David Brown.

Despite the stabbings of two city employees in broad daylight on a heavily traveled street, Moses said he doesn't think Baltimore's image will further be tarnished.

"We've definitely already taken our share of knocks, and in some cases rightfully so, but we are headed in the right direction as the numbers will show," Moses said. As of yesterday, the city had recorded 87 homicides, compared with 100 for the same time last year.

"What I do want to say is, when you see crimes being committed, still get involved, but if possible do so from afar," Moses said.

Major Brown called the workers heroes.

"Obviously the Police Department cannot fight crime all by themselves, and we need citizens to help," Brown said. "But obviously [the stabbing] is not what we want to happen."

Sun staff writer Laura Vozzella contributed to this article.

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