Fatal stabbing in Pigtown among city's recent violent incidents

A woman was found fatally stabbed Monday evening inside a home in Pigtown, one of several recent violent incidents being investigated by Baltimore police.

Police also were probing three fatal shootings that occurred Saturday and Sunday, including a home-invasion robbery that killed a 26-year-old man near Lake Ashburton and the killing of a 29-year-old man in front of his wife and young children in Northeast Baltimore.


Police also confirmed that a 32-year-old downtown resident suffered skull fractures during an attack in the middle of the afternoon Friday near the 1st Mariner Arena and Bromo Seltzer tower, and said a 75-year-old woman was robbed at gunpoint that morning in Fells Point.

The Pigtown victim was found by family members after relatives had not heard from her. The woman, whom police did not identify Monday, had been stabbed multiple times. Police said she was in her 50s.

On Sunday night, police said, a group of men entered a residence in the 3100 block of Artaban Place, a townhouse development in the Northwestern police district, and at some point shot 26-year-old Lawrence Thomas Jr. in the body.

According to a flier distributed by police in the neighborhood, which borders Lake Ashburton to the south, the killing was characterized as a home "invasion/robbery" and detectives are looking for a group of men seen carrying a flat-screen TV from the home.

The sister of Terrence Seale, the 29-year-old who was fatally shot Saturday night in the 1200 block of Linworth Ave. in Northeast Baltimore's New Northwood neighborhood, said in a phone interview that he had moved in recent years from Brooklyn, N.Y., to Baltimore, where he was living with his wife and two children. Sherina Seale said her brother was enrolled in a trade school and was a disc jockey who performed at parties.

"All we know is that he was with a guy, who came into the apartment with him," said Sherina Seale, whose family is originally from Barbados. "There was no argument, from what his wife said, then she just heard shots."

Neither Thomas nor Seale, who were among seven people shot between Saturday morning and Sunday night across Baltimore, had a criminal record, according to the state's court database. Seale was "a loving father who was trying to support his family and better his life," his sister said.

In the downtown beating, relatives say John Mason has been in critical condition and in a coma since being attacked about 2:45 p.m. Friday at West Lombard and North Howard streets.

According to police, witnesses said Mason was attacked by a group of four or five males; a motive is not known. Mason's aunt, Christina Jasi, said nothing was taken from him, but police speculated that the attack might have been an attempted robbery.

Jasi said Mason lives a few blocks north in the 300 block of Cathedral St., working as a tattoo artist out of his home. She said he was recently released from prison, is dating a woman who works downtown and was traveling home after having lunch with her.

"It's a 50-50 chance of survival," Jasi said. "Once he makes it past 72 hours, his chance of survival increases. The only reason we know what happened is because the doctor saw footprints on his head. They were able to tell us there are scrapes on both knees and palms, and maybe he was hit in the head and fell, and then from there was brutally kicked in the head."

Anthony Guglielmi, the Police Department's chief spokesman, said detectives were pulling security camera footage from the area to try to get more leads.

In Fells Point, police said a 75-year-old woman withdrew cash from an ATM in the 2100 block of Eastern Ave. about 11:45 a.m. Friday and was followed by a man, who then demanded her cash at gunpoint.