A bizarre attempted armed robbery started at a downtown Baltimore convenience store, where a worker was stabbed and ended blocks away at another convenience store after the suspect stole a sheriff’s deputy’s car, authorities said.
Authorities said the Barkat Food Mart in the 200 block of Holliday Street, a block away from City Hall, became the target of an armed robber just before 9 a.m. Friday.
“Sheriff’s deputies were alerted by a citizen who said, ‘You need to check out what was going on in the store,'” Baltimore sheriff’s Maj. Sabrina Tapp-Harper said.
Investigators said they discovered a stabbing victim inside the store whose injuries were severe, but not life-threatening. He suffered cuts to an eye and his stomach. As deputies arrived, they said they saw a man run out.
“He ran across the street and encountered more deputies. (He was) still armed with a knife,” Tapp-Harper said.
The man, identified as Erik Domena, was also injured.
“His injuries are the result of his struggle with clerks at the convenience store during the robbery,” Tapp-Harper said.
The Sheriff’s Office said a deputy saw Domena, who was still armed with a knife, trying to get away.
“At this point, the deputy had exited his patrol car, but left his keys in it. The individual weaved around the deputy, jumped in the patrol car and took off,” Tapp-Harper said.
Other deputies followed in a pursuit lasting a short distance and ending in the 300 block of North Gay Street, officials said. Investigators said Domena got out of the patrol car and ran into the Geo’s Convenience Store.
“He was inside the convenience store, in the bathroom,” Tapp-Harper said.
Domena, 27, is charged with attempted murder, theft of a motor vehicle and robbery. He was taken to Central Booking.