Baltimore’s self proclaimed “Wheelie Queen,” renowned for her dirt bike skills and her role in an HBO film about the city’s riding culture, has been arrested and charged with murder after police say she fatally stabbed her partner in what was the city’s first homicide of 2021.
Police said Lakeyria Doughty, 26, fatally stabbed 33-year-old Tiffany Wilson Friday in West Baltimore. Wilson died at the scene, about four hours into the new year, on the same block where she lived.
The two were in a relationship and got into an argument, said detective Donny Moses, a Baltimore police spokesman. “It was a domestic situation where cooler heads didn’t prevail.”
Now, Doughty faces charges of first- and second-degree murder, misdemeanor and felony assault and possession of a deadly weapon with the intent to injure, online court records show.
Police said Doughty is being held at Central Booking and Intake Center while waiting to see a court commissioner. Online court records showed a preliminary hearing for Doughty was scheduled for Saturday morning.
Doughty, of Mount Washington, did not have an attorney listed in online court records.
Officers responding to the 1200 block of Stricker St. at 4:15 a.m. on Jan. 1 found Wilson with stab wounds in the chest, Baltimore Police detective Chakia Fennoy said.
Moses said Doughty called 911 for help after the stabbing. He said they didn’t live together and declined to provide more details about the investigation, citing the pending court case.
Doughty was taken into custody immediately, as a witness and potential suspect, police said in a statement Saturday. Detectives arrested Doughty “after questioning.”
Doughty had developed a following online. On Instagram, she was verified by the social media platform and had more than 53,000 followers. Her profile linked to the page of a company that sold shirts with her image on them and the words: Wheelie Queen.
Wilson’s stabbing came on the heels of a bloody year in Baltimore, during which the city recorded 335 homicides. Police said a man who was severely beaten on July 9, 2009 in the 1100 block of Montford Ave. but who didn’t die until recently became the last victim of 2020.
Though last year’s figure was 13 fewer than in 2019, 2020 was marred by the fact that more women were killed in Baltimore than ever before. Police weren’t sure what prompted the increase, though they pointed to more women being implicated in violence and a link between the killings and domestic violence.
The fatal stabbing in the early hours of the new year also kicked off a violent weekend in the city that saw at least three people, including a 17-year-old boy, injured by gunfire.