City man killed intervening in fight


A 27-year-old man who tried to intervene in a West Baltimore street fight Tuesday night died early yesterday from a stab wound, the police said.

Steven A. Summers of the 1600 block of Laurens Street was stabbed once in the left side of the chest and taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died about 1 a.m. yesterday, about three hours after he tried to break up a fight outside Phil's Bar and Lounge in the 900 block of North Mount Street, police said.

Mr. Summers, described by a neighbor as a peacemaker, was a regular at the bar and lived around the corner.

"He was a nice person," said Irene Green, who had lived next door to Mr. Summers for about six years. "He always helped me out. He would come and help me set my snowball machine up."

Amos Lee Malone, 39, of the 3800 block of Monterey Road was taken into custody Tuesday night in the incident, Detective Richard L. James of the homicide unit said.

Police said the incident began inside the bar about 10 p.m. when the suspect and another man, Roger Carter, 30, of the 600 block of North Monroe Street, began arguing about a woman.

Mr. Carter allegedly pulled out a buck knife and threatened Mr. Malone, who then disarmed him, the detective said.

He said the two walked out of the tavern and continued their argument on the street.

As they were standing on the street arguing, Mr. Summers came to the aid of his friend, Mr. Carter, and tried to break up the fight, police said.

Mr. Summers was stabbed once in the chest.

The suspect returned to his drink inside the bar, where he was arrested, police said.

Mr. Malone was being held last night at the Baltimore City Jail. He has been charged with first-degree murder and a deadly weapon violation, police said.

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