A 52-year-old Maryland woman was fatally stabbed when she rolled down her car window to give money to a homeless person, police said.
Jacquelyn Smith, from Aberdeen, was riding in the car with her husband and his daughter on Saturday around midnight in Baltimore when she noticed a young woman begging for cash. The woman appeared to be carrying a baby and held a sign reading, “please help me feed my baby,” KUTV reported.
Smith, who was sitting in the passenger seat, rolled down her window to hand the woman money.
“And that’s when an unknown man approached the vehicle, stabbed the woman and then left the location,” Jeremy Silbert, a spokesman from the Baltimore Police Department, told CBS.
The woman holding the sign fled the scene with the assailant, police said. Authorities are still on the hunt for the suspects. He is described as being in his 30s, 6-feet tall and with a goatee. The female suspect is black and could be in her 20s, cops said.
Two friends of Smith, who did not wish to be identified, described her as having a “heart of gold.” They are skeptical about the details surrounding the incident.
“It just don’t sound right to me. It just don’t sound right, it really doesn’t,” one friend said. “But if it did, I can see her doing that. Going in her purse and giving someone some money. Because she’s the type of person who would do that for anybody.”
Following the tragedy, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh warned people not to roll down their car windows for beggars.
“We don’t want people destroying other people’s lives. This is unconscionable and as I’ve continued to say, one life lost in this city is one life too many,” she told CBS.
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