Stabbing Victim Was At Museum

Group Had Rented Great Blacks In Wax For Party

December 22, 2009|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com

The 20-year-old who was fatally stabbed Friday night in East Baltimore was attacked during a fight at a party at the Great Blacks in Wax Museum, records show.

Police said the museum, which is in the 1600 block of E. North Ave. and features more than 100 life-size wax figures of prominent black leaders, had been rented out for a "large party" held by a group called the Baltimore Christian Warriors, according to court records and museum staff.

A number of fights erupted, and Joshua Hargrove was stabbed as a group of men were escorted out of the facility just before midnight, records show. Police found him lying unresponsive on the steps of a nearby home.

The next day, 18-year-old Jonathan Miller walked into Johns Hopkins Hospital with stab wounds to his lower body, records show. He was transported to the homicide unit, where he provided a taped statement in which he admitted to being one of the men who attacked Hargrove, police said.

Jonathan Wilson, deputy director for the museum, said the facility had been rented for a group called the Baltimore Christian Warriors, which he said organizes events for teenagers and has held fundraisers at the museum in the past without incident.

A MySpace page for an area promoter, however, advertises the event as a "Follow the Swag high school party." In fliers, young people are shown with their middle fingers raised.

"Inside, they do lots of stuff to ensure their security," Wilson said. "Outside of the place is a different story. They can only control so much."

Miller, of the 3000 block of Rosekemp Ave., has been charged with first-degree murder and assault. Miller was out on bail after being charged with assault and handgun possession in late October for pointing a gun at someone who saw Miller and a friend allegedly attempting to steal a car.

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