Man stabbed in downtown Baltimore, police make quick arrest

July 30, 2014|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Police officers on patrol downtown responded quickly to a stabbing two blocks from the Inner Harbor on Tuesday night and arrested a 52-year-old man. 

The officers were directed to the corner of Light and East Lombard streets at about 6:45 p.m. for a report of an aggravated assault that was taking place at that moment, according to charging documents provided by police. They found the victim, who the department would not identify, bleeding from his head. 

The victim said a man had hit him with a bottle, and pointed out the man, who was standing across the street, police said in charging documents.

Officer Michael Rocks withdrew a Taser and pointed it the suspect, identified as Ellsworth Coleman, of the 1100 block of Washignton Blvd., who complied and put his hands behind his back. 

As officers were arresting Coleman, they realized the victim was bleeding "profusely" from a deep cut to his neck and went into a nearby CVS to get medical supplies to render aid while they waited for medics to arrive, police said.

The victim "went from an alert state and faded to an unresponsive state prior to the medics arrival," the court records say. The victim was rushed into surgery at Shock Trauma; an update on his condition was not available.

Three witnesses told police that they say Coleman strike the victim with a bottle, but a motive for the attack was not known.

Coleman was arrested and charged with first-degree assault and related charges.

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