Man, 45, stabbed in neck, killed during North Avenue bus stop argument

Police also make arrest in Monday stabbing at Northwest Baltimore gas station

February 17, 2011|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

A 45-year-old man was stabbed in the neck and killed Thursday afternoon after getting into an argument at a busy bus stop at North and Greenmount avenues.

The victim, who has not been identified, was waiting for the bus before 1 p.m. when he got into an argument with a young woman, said Detective Donny Moses, a police spokesman. The argument escalated, and a male companion of the woman began fighting with the victim, he said.

He was stabbed in the neck and ended up across the street at a Rite Aid drugstore. Moses said a private medic in the area treated him at the scene, but he died a short time later at a local hospital.

One of the medics who stopped to help was Avi Werdesheim, one of the Orthodox Jewish brothers facing an assault charge whose arraignment drew protesters to the downtown courthouse Wednesday. Company officials confirmed that information, saying it was Werdesheim's first day on the job.

"People were waving, 'Stop, stop, stop,' and they pulled over," said Mirabelle Tambe, an administrator for Grace Transportation Medical Services. She said Werdesheim and another emergency medical technician, Robert Brown, were on their way to transport a hospital patient. "We don't really respond to 911 calls, but they were efficient and effective."

Moses said detectives did not have a suspect but were reviewing camera footage and speaking to witnesses. The crime scene briefly shut down traffic both ways on North Avenue.

Delores Austin, who said she is a minister at a Northwest Baltimore church, said she picks up medications at the Rite Aid and was stranded at the store because her vehicle was behind the caution tape.

She said other bystanders were surprised by a stabbing occurring during the day, but it didn't alarm her. "What do they care? Don't none of them care," she said.

Austin said both of her sons were killed by violence, including one, Titus Austin, who was sitting on the front steps of a house when he was killed by a stray bullet during a gunfight in 1991. She didn't want to talk about their deaths but said the persistent violence keeps driving residents away.

"A lot of people that moved out left because of this," she said.

Thursday's fatal stabbing is among a number of recent stabbing incidents. Steven Allen Williams, 53, was fatally stabbed Tuesday night in the 1100 block of W. Cross St., in Pigtown, and police said two brothers were stabbed after an incident at a gas station in the Howard Park neighborhood Monday.

Police made an arrest in that gas station stabbing, charging 18-year-old Troy Duane Roberts with two counts of attempted first-degree murder. Witnesses led police to Roberts, who was arrested Wednesday in the 2900 block of Silverhill Road in Gwynn Oak by members of the regional Warrant Apprehension Task Force.

Police said Roberts got into an argument in line at the gas station with one of the victims, who called his brother over. During the altercation, Roberts stabbed them multiple times, causing serious injuries.

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