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Rental discussion turns violent, leaving 4 people in hospitals


A discussion between a Northeast Baltimore landlord and a family of four about a possible apartment rental led yesterday to a traffic wreck and a stabbing - with most of those involved needing hospital treatment, city police reported.

The family was seeking to rent an apartment yesterday morning in the 4900 block of Harford Road, but the discussion with the landlord, 61, turned into an argument, police said.

"As the family began to walk away, the landlord jumped into his minivan and ran into the father of the family," said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

The landlord then backed up the minivan and drove it into the mother, her 6-year-old daughter and then into a tree, police said.

After the landlord got out of the minivan, the fourth family member - a 12-year-old boy - stabbed him three times in the chest with a knife, police said.

The crash occurred across the street from the apartment and in front of a post office, police said.

The landlord was taken to Union Memorial Hospital, while the three hit by the minivan were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital - at least two of them with broken bones, police said, adding that none of the injuries appeared life-threatening. All of the names were withheld.

Police said investigators were seeking a warrant with charges against the landlord in connection with running into the family members, while the 12-year-old was being detained in connection with the stabbing.

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