Homeless center worker accused of stabbing man in dispute that began over toiletries

November 17, 2009|By Justin Fenton | justin.fenton@baltsun.com

An employee at a Southeast Baltimore homeless resource center has been arrested and charged with stabbing a man who threatened him in a dispute over a bag of soap and toothpaste, according to court records.

William Bryant, 55, of the 500 block of Dolphin St., has been charged with attempted second-degree murder in the Nov. 16 incident and was ordered held without bail.

Court records show police were called to the Beans & Bread shelter in the 400 block of S. Bond St. for a cutting about 12:45 p.m. The victim, Donald Barnes, told police that he and Bryant got into an argument and that Bryant followed him outside, stabbing him in the lower back with a knife.

Police said Barnes was denied a bag containing soap and toothpaste because he already had one. Barnes then told Bryant, "I know where you stay, I'm going to kill you," police wrote in charging documents, before Bryant followed him outside.

Barnes was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital and reported in stable condition.

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