A man was fatally stabbed and another wounded during a dispute yesterday at a 24-hour North Baltimore pancake house.
According to Sgt. Michael Newton, of the homicide unit, the stabbings occurred when two groups of men got into an argument about 4: 20 a.m. inside the International House of Pancakes in the 5200 block of York Road.
Newton did not know what the argument was about, and other details of the incident were not available.
Both victims were taken by ambulance to Sinai Hospital, where Keith Bryant, 25, of the 4000 block of Fordleigh Road in Northwest Baltimore died shortly after arrival, police said.
Gilbert C. McCory, 24, of the 1200 block of Walker Ave. in Baltimore was treated for stab wounds and released, said a nursing supervisor.
The incident is the second fatal attack to take place at a Baltimore restaurant in the past week. On March 26, a 33-year-old mother of three was fatally shot and a man was wounded as they sat in a car on the parking lot of Five Mile House, a restaurant and nightclub in Northwest Baltimore.
The IHOP night manager, interviewed yesterday afternoon, denied that the attack took place inside the restaurant.
The manager, who did not want her name used, said the stabbings occurred in the restaurant's parking lot shortly after the argument began inside.
She contended that both victims stumbled into the restaurant begging for help. She was unsure if the victims had even been inside the restaurant.
She said the man who later died stood inside the glass doorway, bleeding profusely. Employees rushed to give him ice and tissue to cover his wounds but he passed out, crumpling to the floor, she said.
The manager said McCory sat slumped on a chair inside the restaurant.
The manager said about 25 customers were in the restaurant when the stabbings occurred, and many of them fled without paying. The restaurant was closed for about six hours and reopened about noon.
The IHOP has a reputation for being orderly with few troubles, said Lt. Kenneth Streets, a shift commander at the Northern District precinct.
"We don't get many calls there, and those that we do are usually for little things," he said.
A steady stream of customers drove onto the restaurant's parking lot throughout the early morning yesterday, only to be turned away.
"This is a surprise because this IHOP is a family place with no real problems," said Lucille Gross, as she drove out of the parking lot.