Intruders set fire in rowhouse



Three men entered a West Baltimore rowhouse on a ruse early yesterday, assaulted the three residents and set a Christmas tree and some rags ablaze after they did not find the loot they were seeking, Baltimore police reported.

About 12:30 a.m. the men entered a home in the 800 block of N. Calhoun St. after telling Barbara Pointer they had bad news about her grandson, police said.

Once inside, a man armed with a knife stabbed her son, William Pointer, 43, several times during a struggle and assaulted his friend, Christopher Watkins, police said.

At least one of the intruders forced Pointer's mother into a bedroom, where she was bound, police said.

Apparently finding no money, the intruders set fire to a Christmas tree and some rags, police said.

Both male victims fled the house and ran to a nearby grocery store, where they called police.

Officers entered the house and escorted Pointer's mother to safety. Firefighters extinguished the fires, which caused minor damage to the house.

William Pointer was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center for multiple stab wounds and was expected to survive, police said.

Anyone with information about the intruders is asked to call the Western Police District at 410-396-2477.

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