Good Samaritan fatally stabbed while trying to give money to panhandler


“I was like shocked when I saw it.”

Odella Taylor, an east Baltimore resident, is talking about the Metro Crime Stoppers flyer showing Jacquelyn Smith’s face. 

“When I saw the flyer. . it could’ve been me or my husband, you know?” Taylor added. 

Police say Smith was stabbed to death after trying to help a panhandler. 

“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 Taylor. 

Smith was riding through the city around 12:30 Saturday morning along Valley Street when she saw a woman with what appeared to a baby, holding a sign saying “Please help feed my baby.”

“It’s normally quiet around here. So it was a shock to me that I heard something like that,” Taylor said. 

Smith, who was in the front seat, rolled down the window to give the woman money and when she did, an unknown man reached inside to grab her wallet and police say there was a struggle. 

Investigators tell WMAR he took out a knife and stabbed Smith in the torso before running away with woman holding the sign. 

“It makes you think twice about helping anyone. Think twice, look twice. You know, cause I got to work early in the morning and my guard’s up,” said resident Ellison Taylor. 

Taylor says it makes you think twice about helping anyone. 

Police echo that advice, saying crimes like these can happen 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 911. Our officers work 24 hours a day,” said Jeremy Silbert with the Baltimore Police Department. 

The driver of the car Smith was in when she was stabbed took her to the hospital and called police. 

Smith died at the hospital. 



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