Girl, 17, Slain, Mother Injured In One Of 3 Violent Incidents

December 04, 2009|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton ,

A 17-year-old girl was fatally stabbed in an attack Thursday morning that also left her 59-year-old mother, a double amputee, in critical condition, one of three violent incidents in Northeast Baltimore over a 12-hour span, according to police.

In a second incident, police said a man interrupted an apparent home invasion at his 66-year-old friend's residence, pulling a gun on two suspects and detaining one of them until police arrived, only to find the friend bound and unconscious inside the home. The man was pronounced dead, though a cause of death was unclear.

Police made arrests in both cases.

In addition, a man was shot early Thursday in the 4900 block of Goodnow Road. Police have not identified the man, who was taken about 4:45 a.m. to an area hospital, where he was in critical condition. Homicide detectives were called to the scene.

The woman and her daughter were found about 7 a.m. in their home in the 5500 block of Midwood Ave. after police responded to a report of a cutting. The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene, and her mother was taken to a local hospital, where she was in critical condition, according to police.

Their identities were not released, though neighbors said the mother used a wheelchair and was cared for by her daughter. Neighbors said they rarely saw the girl doing anything other than helping her mother.

"You see her go with her mother, take her to the aunt's house and come back, and she stays in that house. You don't see her walking up and down the streets or anything like that," a neighbor told WJZ-TV.

Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman, said investigators did not know of a motive in the attack. A 32-year-old suspect, who lived above the women in an upstairs apartment, was taken into custody after barricading himself in a nearby home.

Law enforcement sources said police had been called to the residence at least four times this year, including Nov. 27 for a family disturbance. Police were also dispatched to the address on March 17 for a "mental case" call and Jan. 11 for a disorderly person. The outcomes of those calls were unclear.

In the home invasion, police said a man was walking toward his friend's home in the 4700 block of Glenarm Ave. about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday when he saw two people running out of a side door. He took out a 9 mm handgun that he was carrying and detained a woman, according to Anthony Guglielmi, the Police Department's chief spokesman. Once inside, he saw the body of his friend, who might have been beaten, police said.

Guglielmi said the woman, identified as Bonnie Lee Lizor, 52, told police that she and a man had conspired to rob the victim, who was "known to possess valuable items." Police were searching for the accomplice.

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