BALTIMORE (WJZ) — City detectives and officers assembled Monday to pass out fliers in the area where 52-year-old Jacquelyn Smith Saturday night in Baltimore,
Members of the Baltimore Police department, including interim commissioner Gary Tuggle, gathered at the intersection of East Chase Street and Valley Street at 1:15 p.m. to canvas the area.
Smith’s husband is now speaking out about what happened and warning other drivers.
The last night of Jacquelyn Smith’s life, she and her husband, Keith, danced to their wedding song at a party.
“She was just everything to me. My everything. We called each other soulmates,” he said.
Hours later, the 52-year-old was murdered in east Baltimore near Latrobe Homes.
Police believe she was giving cash to a woman asking for money to feed her baby, when a man approached the car window, pulled out a knife, stabbed her in the chest, and robbed her.
“Snatched her necklace, and before I knew it, the girl snatched the little pocketbook from the seat and they both ran,” Keith added. “I jumped out the car to run, but I heard my wife screaming, so I came back to the car.”
Monday afternoon, police recruits, paired up with detectives, pored over back alleyways and empty lots looking for clues.
“We’re gonna leave no stone unturned when it comes to this case,” Tuggle said.
Tuggle said this crime was likely premeditated and the pair was working together.
“They’re using this ruse as panhandlers to get the attention of their would-be victim, and we also want to caution the public about engaging with panhandlers,” Tuggle added.
Keith Smith, while hoping for their arrest, is now left grieving the loss of his beloved wife.
“For anybody that’s in Baltimore, be careful when we see these panhandlers out here,” Smith said. “Get in close proximity to your car. Because like me, I’m from Baltimore, the last thing I thought that they were gonna take my wife’s life. And so now I gotta live with that. I gotta live with that every day.”
Metro Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of $2,000 for information leading to an arrest.
The man police are looking for is possibly in his 30s and has a goatee. Anyone with information is asked to call the police.