Two stabbed, one fatally, in Northwest Baltimore

Police believe attack at apartment was not a random act of violence


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September 15, 2005|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,SUN STAFF

Two people were stabbed yesterday, one fatally, at a Northwest Baltimore apartment in an attack that police said they believe was not a random act of violence.

A person driving by an apartment building in the 4800 block of Liberty Heights Ave. about 4:30 a.m. saw a woman with stab wounds lying in the road, police said.

Police and paramedics arrived and transported the woman to an area hospital, where she underwent surgery and as of last night was in critical and stable condition. Police declined to release her name and the name of the hospital because she is a witness.

Police searching the woman's second-floor apartment found a man who had been fatally stabbed in a bedroom. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police did not release the man's name because they were waiting to confirm his identity through fingerprints, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

Authorities did not release details on how the incident might have unfolded. Maj. Richard Fahlteich, commander of the homicide unit, said the attack "doesn't look to be random," and that witnesses had been questioned.

Fahlteich said there had not been any "significant reported problems" at the building in the past.

The building's property manager, Bernie Jackson, 41, said the woman had been a tenant there for about six years. He said there are four other occupied units and one vacant unit.

The building is between a consignment shop and a hair studio.

Moses said detectives did not have any suspects in the attack.

"Detectives have spoken to and are speaking to several potential witnesses," Moses said. "We hope to speak to [the female victim] after she recovers a little bit."

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