Baltimore, MD (WJZ)– Baltimore City Police are investigating after a 52-year-old woman is stabbed to death while trying to give money to a woman who claimed she needed help feeding her baby.

Investigators say the victim, identified as Jacquelyn Smith of Harford County, and her family were driving in the 1000 block of Valley Street around 12:30a.m. when they noticed a woman who looked to be carrying a baby or something wrapped to look like a baby and hold a cardboard sign stating “Please help me feed my baby.”

The victim, who was in the front passenger seat, rolled down the window of the car to give the woman money when a black male who looked to be 30-years-old and about 6-feet-tall with a goatee approached the vehicle to thank the family for the money.

The male suspect, then reached into the car to grab the female victim’s wallet when a struggle ensued.  Then male suspect then produced a knife and stabbed the victim in the torso before fleeing the area on foot with the female suspect who was holding the sign.

The victim made it to an area hospital but died from her injuries.

“When you see something like this happen to a Good Samaritan it kind of makes you stop and think,” said Robert Stokes, Baltimore City’s District 12 councilman. “It makes you stop and don’t roll your windows down because those kinds of things make people that really want to help people on the corner saying they got to feed their children not to do it. That’s sad and my condolences go out to the family,”

Police are looking for information on the killer.

“Detectives did talk to the two family members who were in the car. Certainly, we can all imagine how distraught they were after witnessing something like that. Right now, we just hope someone in the community will come forward,” said Jeremy Silbert, Baltimore City Police.

Homicide detectives are looking to identify both the male and female suspects. The man is the primary suspect but are also looking for the woman holding the sign to determine if the two were in any way related.

Anyone with information about this deadly stabbing is asked to contact police at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-Lockup.

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Comments (14)
  1. Congrats mayor you have reached a NEW low!! By allowing panhandlers and squeegee kids to approach cars and threaten innocent citizens. THERE IS NO SAFE PLACE IN BALTIMORE CITY YOU ARE AT HIGH RISK ON LOOSING YOU LIFE WHEN ENTERING BALTIMORE CITY. WHEN YOU GONNA PROTECT THE INNOCENT AND DEAL WITH REAL ISSUES LIKE PANHANDLERS AND BUMS. STAY OUT OF BALTIMORE CITY IF YOU VALUE YOU LIFE WE KNOW OUR SO CALLED LEADERS COULD CARE LESS WE ARE JUST ANOTHER STATISTIC TO THEM! THE MAYOR IS AT TOTAL FAULT SHE HAS GIVEN THE GREEN LIGHT FOR THESE PEOPLE TO APPROACH TRAFFIC!

  2. SO SAD AND PREVENTABLE IF OUR LEADERS WOULD DO THEIR JOBS. REMEMBER COME ELECTION TIME VOTE EVERY LAST ONE OUT, TIME FOR CHANGE BECAUSE WHAT THEY ARE DOING AIN’T WORKING!! NOTHING TO LOSE BUT EVERYTHING TO GAIN!

  3. I’m not believing the store of the victim family’s account. You’re from Harford country and you’re driving around in that neighborhood around almost 1am in the morning and you stop on a corner to help a woman who claim’s she has a baby , you don’t see a baby and the driver stops and the passenger rolls down her window and give her money, and when a guy appears , you allow him to get that close to your car and the story goes he tries to rob you, but the driver doesn’t drive off and you get stab. Until there’s video of this happening because i know there’s cameras around, and until someone can prove otherwise, i believe this was drug related. Drug deal gone bad, because if not you have to be one of the dumbest people on the planet to stop in that area around 1am.

  4. Eric Davis says:

    Sounds like another ” Lets blame it on as black man stunt” To me…

  5. OR MAYBE it happened as reported and another victim of violent crime like the other five violent crimes that happened today. OPEN YOUR EYES, THE DEAD BODIES ARE REALLY PILING UP OR DO YOU HAVE AN EXCUSE FOR THAT!I guess the three yr old playing on her front porch this week that was shot was her fault also…SMH at STUPIDITY

  6. Lisette Garvin says:

    In that neighborhood at that time of night you roll down your window? Yeah right something not adding up.

  7. Samuel Green says:

    It’s a crazy world. A similar scenario happened to me, rolled down my window and gave a panhandler about a dollar in change, and he spit on my car for not giving him paper money.

    Had he persisted and turned violent, he’d have quickly realized I keep a X26 taser and Fox Labs 5.3 in my vehicle.
    I keep a sidearm as well, but that’s for mortal threats.

    This stabbing in this situation is sad, Maryland only recently allow less than lethal tasers, but they were forced to reverse their ban by the Supreme Court in 2017.
    In Maryland, aside from LEO’s, only the bad guys have firearms, personally I’d never live in a state that doesn’t allow me the option to defend myself. After my military career, I moved from my native New England.

    …A few years after I retired, an armed home invader came knocking. Having a sidearm saved my life and others as well. The police cannot always be where you need them to be. In Baltimore’s case, Mayor Stephanie during the Freddy Grey riots, instructed police to NOT stop violent rioters. That’s a recipe for innocent victims to suffer. Its ridiculous.

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