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Arrest made in stabbing after Fourth of July fireworks in downtown Baltimore

Matai Lyons, 18, was charged Friday in the stabbing of a 19-year-old man after the July 4 fireworks in downtown Baltimore. The victim was injured at the intersection of Fayette and Howard streets around 10:45 p.m., police said.
Matai Lyons, 18, was charged Friday in the stabbing of a 19-year-old man after the July 4 fireworks in downtown Baltimore. The victim was injured at the intersection of Fayette and Howard streets around 10:45 p.m., police said. (Courtesy Baltimore Police / Baltimore Sun)

Baltimore police have arrested an 18-year-old and charged him in connection with a stabbing that took place after the Inner Harbor fireworks on the Fourth of July.

Police said Friday that Matai Lyons stabbed the 19-year-old man injured at the intersection of Fayette and Howard streets around 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday.

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Lyons, who police said ran from the scene after the stabbing, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault and weapons violations, police said.

He was arrested inside a home in the 1100 block of N. Stricker Street on Friday, police said.

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The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment. His condition was not immediately available Friday.

Court records show Lyons was charged in February with two counts of armed robbery, along with use of a firearm in a violent crime, assault, and motor vehicle theft.

Prosecutors dropped the case less than a month later; a spokeswoman for the State's Attorney's Office said the two eyewitnesses were "unable to identify the role that Matai Lyons played among the group in this vicious attack."

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