City police are warning of a series of incidents in which women reportedly lured men to a location in North Baltimore where one was shot and another was stabbed and critically wounded.
Word of the incidents went out in an email from Northern District commander Maj. Kimberly Burrus, who asked residents in Levindale, Cylburn, Parklane, Greenspring and Coldspring to "maintain a heightened sense of awareness."
On May 11 at 3 a.m., two men - ages 31 and 40 - told police that they went to the 5100 block of Levindale to meet up with two women they had met earlier in the night at a club. The women directed them to the rear of a vacant home, where a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt emerged with a gun.
Burrus wrote that the 31-year-old male was stabbed multiple times and somehow made it to Sinai Hospital, where he was listed in critical but stable condition.
Ten days later, on May 21 at about 4 a.m., a 28-year-old man said he had been directed to the 5100 block of Levindale to meet two women, and a man emerged wearing all black clothing. The gunman started shooting, and the victim was struck in the neck.
Burrus said the two incidents appeared to involve the same group of suspects. "My officers will be conducting extra patrols in the areas where these crimes occurred in an effort to apprehend the suspects and deter any possible future acts of violence," Burrus wrote.