A manhunt was underway Monday in a neighborhood in east Baltimore where a Maryland woman was stabbed to death after she rolled down her car window to give money to a panhandling woman carrying a baby.
Jacquelyn Smith, 52, was killed around 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 1, as she was riding in a car with her husband and stepdaughter after attending a family gathering, according to FOX Baltimore affiliate.
Smith, who was in the front passenger seat, spotted a woman along the 1000th block of Valley Street who appeared to be carrying a baby and holding a cardboard sign asking for money.
The sign read: “Please help me feed my baby,” police said.
As Smith rolled her window down and called the woman over to the car, a man stepped forward and thanked her for her kind gesture.
Police say the man attempted to snatch Smith’s wallet, and as they struggled for the wallet, the man plunged a knife into Smith’s chest.
“This was a good Samaritan who saw an individual holding a sign, who appeared to be down on her luck,” said Jeremy Silbert, Baltimore police’s public information officer.
The man and the woman fled down Valley Street. Smith’s husband drove her to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
A friend said Smith was a Good Samaritan whose kind offer to help the woman was in keeping with who she was.
The friend told CBS Baltimore that Smith was “a very loving, caring person. A very hard working woman. Just… just sweet.”
Silbert described the attacker as a Black male in his 30s, about 6 feet tall with a goatee. The woman appeared to be in her 30s, about 5-feet-4 and wearing a brown jacket.
Anyone with information is asked to call Baltimore Police at (410) 396-2221 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7lockup.