Woman Stabbed To Death When She Stopped To Give Money To Panhandler With Baby

A female suspect whose accomplice stabbed a woman to death giving them money said 'God bless you' before fleeing

Baltimore, MD – A woman who tried to help up a homeless woman she thought was a mother-in-need was stabbed Friday night by a male accomplice and died early Saturday.

Jacquelyn Smith, 54, was killed at about 12:34 a.m., according to WMAR.

The husband of the victim, Keith Smith, said the woman who was part of the ruse said, “God bless you,” before running off with the man, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Jacquelyn Smith and her family were driving back from their daughter’s 28th birthday parry when they noticed a woman who was about 5-foot-4 and in her 20s wearing a brown jacket. The woman looked like she was carrying a baby and held a sign that read, “Please help me feed my baby.”

Smith was in the passenger seat and rolled down her car window so she could give money to the woman. Then a man who was about 30 years old and six-feet tall approached the car to thank the family for the money, according to WMAR.

The male suspect reached in to grab Smith’s wallet and a struggle started. Police said that the man stabbed Smith in the torso before he and the female who was holding the sign ran away.

Local residents questioned the safety of stopping a car to help people in need.

“I’m not going to stop my car. You know, the way times are you don’t know who to stop the car for,” said East Baltimore resident Odella Taylor, according to WMAR.

Police also said crimes can happen at any time.

“Always be aware of your surroundings. It doesn’t matter if it’s the middle of the day or the middle of the night, if you’re driving, if you’re walking, if you see something or someone that’s suspicious, call 9-1-1, our officers work 24 hours a day,” said Jeremy Silbert, Public Information Officer for the Baltimore Police Department, according to WMAR.

“They’re using this ruse as panhandlers to get the attention of their would-be victims,” said Baltimore Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle, according to the Baltimore Sun. “We also want to caution the public about engaging with panhandlers and recognizing that not all of them have honest intent. Not all of them have real need.”

Keith Smith said he wants to see panhandling banned.

“Something needs to be done, because now you don’t know whether or not you’re going to give and this person’s going to take your life or they’re going to say thank you,” Smith said, according to the Baltimore Sun. “There are some desperate people. They don’t need help; they’re trying to hurt you.”

Comments (12)
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thugjager
thugjager

Baltimore again.....Surprised?

elle117
elle117

So sad to hear the news. Makes you think twice about helping others out.

2A SUPPORTER
2A SUPPORTER

THERE ARE DOZENS IF NOT HUNDREDS OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HELP "THE NEEDY" , IN EVERY WAY & THEY ARE ALSO TAX EXEMPT. TIME TO DO AWAY WITH "PANHANDLING" AS A PUBLIC SAFETY ISSUE. .... BUT THIS IS MARYLAND, A DEMOCRAP CONTROLLED STATE, AND IT WON'T HAPPEN. .. PLUS, THEY "ACLU" HAS ALREADY SAID IT WILL SUE ANY TOWN, CITY, STATE THAT TRIES TO STOP PEOPLE FROM "PAN HANDLING" AS A VIOLATION OF "PANHANDLERS" 1st AMENDMENT RIGHT. I WONDER IF THE "ACLU" COULD BE SUED AS "ACCOMPLICES AFTER THE FACT" IF A CRIME IS COMMITTED BY A "PANHANDLER" ... BY THE WAY, WE USED TO CALL THESE PEOPLE BUMS & HOBO'S. I SUGGEST WE GO BACK TO CALLING THEM THAT. ... THERE AARE JOBS TO BE TAKEN BY THESE BUMS & HOBO'S AND THE ABOVE ORGANIZATIONS TO HELP THEM TO CLEAN THEMSELVES TO GET THOSE JOBS. .. THEY JUST DON'T WANT TO WORK, THEY RATHER BE BUMS & HOBO'S. ... AND YES PEOPLE, ... THAT'S A TRUE STATEMENT.

LEO0301
LEO0301

If you live in Baltimore you should probably wear a bullet proof vest and clothing that is knife resistant. Or, you could just move...

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

There are times to be compassionate and there are times to be wary. Unfortunately, so many of these "beggars" are feeding their drug habits. So sorry for this family's loss of this kind and caring woman.

suzieb
suzieb

Its truly sad people use this time of the year to focus on their selfish desires of getting high. I used to give to panhandlers but after what happened to Mrs. Smith I will no longer FREELY give my hard earned money to these people. May the Lord bring comfort and peace during a chaotic and devastating event.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Lowlife scum.