Baltimore County police are investigating a stabbing Thursday night outside Maria’s Carry Out.
Authorities previously reported the motive of the attack was unclear. But in a statement issued Friday afternoon, Baltimore County police said they now think the attack was an attempted robbery.
Police responded to the restaurant, at 1812 Taylor Ave., at about 9:40 p.m., said officials.
The victim, a 36-year-old man, was getting into his car in the Parkville restaurant's parking lot at about 9:30 p.m. when the suspect entered the lot through a hole in the lot’s fence, police said. The suspect grabbed the victim’s cell phone and threw him to the ground, according to police.
The suspect then “slashed” the victim in the lower body with a knife, said police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Peach on Thursday night.
The suspect then searched one of the victim’s pockets and rummaged through his car, police said. The suspect ran away empty-handed, possibly southbound on Beverly Avenue, police said. Officials think the suspect was looking for cash.
The victim was transported to a hospital and is expected to survive his injuries, said officials.
The suspect is a “taller” black man with a baseball cap, police said. He may have been wearing a white-and-red shirt with dark-colored pants. The suspect remains at large.
The victim told police the suspect never checked his other pocket, which did have cash in it, so officials believe the suspect may have seen the victim pocket cash earlier. The victim's cell phone was left at the scene of the attack.
Anyone with information about the attack should contact the Towson Precinct at 410-887-2361. Callers may remain anonymous.