Thief, car owner in hospital after struggle over knife

August 06, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A car thief was hospitalized with knife wounds yesterday after the vehicle's owner jumped into the car and -- in a fight -- caused it to careen across a sidewalk and hit a row of houses and a tree in West Baltimore.

The owner was selling T-shirts and caps out of his mid-1990s Ford LTD in the 1600 block of McKean Ave. when a man jumped into the car and started to drive, city police said.

The owner jumped in the vehicle and struggled with the driver. The car didn't go far before crashing in the same block of McKean. The owner then chased the driver on foot to a nearby alley, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman.

When the driver brandished a knife, the owner wrested it away -- with the driver suffering cuts to his wrist, face and stomach. He and the owner, who had minor injuries, were treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Names of both men were not available last night.

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