3 teens charged in assault at school

November 30, 2006|By Annie Linskey and Richard Irwin | Annie Linskey and Richard Irwin,Sun Reporters

Baltimore police have charged three teenagers with assault-related offenses and were seeking a fourth in the stabbing Tuesday afternoon of Paul Jones, a fellow student, outside Southwestern High School, police said.

The stabbing resulted from "bad blood" between Jones, 20, and his assailants during a lunch-period dice game a day earlier on a parking lot in the rear of the school in the 200 block of Font Hill Ave., according to police and charging documents.

Arrested yesterday and charged as adults were Lawrence Spriggs, 18, of the 500 block of Hazlett St.; Robert McCormick, 17, of the 2100 block of Tucker Lane; and Robert L. Jones, 18, of the 500 block of S. Beechfield Ave. Spriggs was taken into custody at his home. The others were charged after being questioned at the Southwestern District police station, police said.

Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman, said McCormick and Robert Jones arrived at the police station with adult relatives and that all three teens were being held last night at the Central Booking and Intake Center.

The fourth suspect, who was being sought last night, was identified as Antoine Martin, 16, of the 800 block of Lyndhurst Ave. He is charged in a warrant as an adult with first-degree assault and attempted murder, police said.

Police accuse Martin of stabbing Paul Jones, whose address was not divulged.

The victim, police said, was surrounded by several students about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and stabbed in the upper chest. His assailants fled, and the weapon has not been found, police said.

Paul Jones was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and released hours later after treatment for a single stab wound, police said.

According to charging documents, the victim told police he saw a handgun being passed among his attackers before he was hit in the chest and then realized he had been stabbed.

According to the charging documents, the wound to the left side of the chest was three inches long and just centimeters away from puncturing his heart.

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