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Baltimore Mayor Advises Caution After Good Samaritan Killed by Panhandlers

Authorities urged caution when approached by strangers in the wake of a Baltimore woman’s death this month.

Jacquelyn Smith, 52, was fatally stabbed inside a car she was traveling in early Dec. 1 when she rolled down the passenger window to give money to a woman who appeared to be carrying a baby.

The woman, also holding a sign that read, “Please Help me feed my Baby,” was accompanied a man who approached the car pretending to thank Smith for her help but then tried to reach inside to grab her wallet and necklace, authorities said.

In the ensuing struggle, the man pulled out a knife and stabbed Smith in the torso before he and the woman fled on foot.

Smith’s husband and daughter, who were with her in the car, rushed her to a hospital, where she died shortly after.

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh expressed sorrow over the killing and advised people to be wary of such incidents.

“While crime is trending down in our city, one life lost is one life too many,” Pugh said in a statement. “This is a terrible tragedy for the Smith family and our hearts go out to them. We are deploying all available resources within our police department to find and bring to justice those responsible for this senseless act against Mrs. Jacquelyn Smith who merely thought she was helping a person in need.”

Police are still searching for the perpetrators, described as a Black male in his 30s, about 6 feet tall with a goatee, and a Black female in her 20s and about 5’4″. It is unknown whether they actually had a baby with them.

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