Homeless man stabbed in altercation with Downtown Partnership employee

Homeless man stabbed in altercation with Downtown Partnership employee

A homeless man was stabbed during an altercation with a Downtown Partnership employee on Thursday morning, according to Baltimore police.

The 43-year-old man, who was stabbed multiple times, was transported to an area hospital for injuries not considered life threatening, police said.

The incident occurred about 7:10 a.m. on Bath Street, between North Calvert Street and Guilford Avenue and beneath the Orleans Street overpass. The block serves as the boundary between downtown and Mount Vernon and runs along the southern edge of The Baltimore Sun's building.

Michael Evitts, vice president for communications for the Downtown Partnership, said officials were awaiting details from a police investigation but said their preliminary information indicated the employee had acted in self-defense after a homeless person known to him "became confrontational and physical."

Evitts said two employees were taken into custody, which police confirmed. Evitts said it was unclear whether they would be charged. "Our employees are not trained to get into an altercation," Evitts said.

The Downtown Parternship is the nonprofit that oversees the downtown improvement district. Uniformed partnership employees serve as guides to the downtown area, clean up trash and maintain public parks.

The partnership also maintains a charitable foundation that includes homeless outreach as part of its mission.

Police said on Thursday afternoon that Central District detectives were continuing to investigate the stabbing.

Investigators believe the victim was involved in a verbal argument with two employees of the Downtown Partnership. During the course of the argument, one of the employees stabbed the victim.

Surveillance footage captured by cameras on the Sun building, reviewed by a Sun reporter, show several figures interacting with each other beginning about 7:10 a.m. The video is dark, and rising steam from a sewer grate obscures the view at times.

Two figures in darker clothing appear to be engaging another figure in lighter clothing in the street. The figures move in circles around each other, back and forth through the street.

At 7:19 a.m., at least three police cars suddenly appear on the scene from multiple directions.

Police remained on the scene hours later, and appeared to be searching a sewer.

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