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Arrest made after man slashed in neck with box cutter in East Baltimore

Baltimore Police have charged a 30-year-old man with attempted first-degree murder for critically injuring a man who he slashed in the neck with a box cutter, court records show.

Lawrence Grant, of the 3700 block of Ravenwood Avenue, was ordered held without bond Thursday. Police say he got into an argument with a 56-year-old man about 2 p.m. March 16 while in the 1800 block of N. Port Street in the Broadway East neighborhood.

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A witness told police that they saw Grant move toward the victim with a box cutter in his hand and make a swiping motion. Grant fled and the victim fell to the ground with blood streaming from his neck, police said. Grant was arrested two days later, records show.

Detective Phillip Davis wrote in charging documents that the victim "required immediate surgery to prevent loss of life," and at a bail review hearing Assistant State's Attorney David Chiu said the incident "may turn into a homicide."

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A public defender representing Grant told a judge that Grant had two children and was in a methadone program. The judge denied bail.

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