Two teen-agers, one of them a star football player at Carver High School, have been charged with the first-degree murder and robbery of Hope Sarah Patterson, 35, the psychiatric counselor whose body was found Sept. 13 in Leakin Park, city police said.
Ronald Ludd, 17, of the 1900 block of N. Forest Park Ave., and Richard Tirrell Cook, 18, of the 3600 block of Edmondson Ave., each also was charged with using a handgun in the commission of a felony, police said today. They were arrested several days ago and were being held at the City Jail.
Police said Ludd, who was charged as an adult, played on Carver's varsity football team. He was arrested about 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the school, one day after Cook was arrested at police headquarters.
Football coach Kenneth Shell said today that he knew of the arrest but would not comment on Ludd or his association with the football team.
Armed with a search warrant, police found a .38-caliber revolver under Ludd's bed at his home near Leakin Park on the day he was arrested.
The weapon is believed to be the one used to kill Patterson, police said.
The body of Patterson, a youth counselor for Changing Directions, a psychiatric counseling service sponsored by Johns Hopkins Hospital, was found at 10:30 p.m. Sept. 13, in the 1900 block of Wetheredsville Road by a motorist and a jogger who heard a gunshot.
Patterson lived in the first block of Brubar Court in the Westmont Apartments in the Villa Nova section of Baltimore County.
Police said Patterson was dumped from a car, reportedly her own, after she was shot once in the right side of the head. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The next day, police found Patterson's car parked on a Forest Park street.
Reaction to Ludd's arrest today was mixed. Some knew him only as an athlete who excelled in football. Others said he was mischievous, moody and had associated with questionable friends.
"I don't think they should try and burn him until it's proved that he did it," said a female classmate. "Everybody is trying to rush him into jail. He may have done it, he may not have done it. He was all right with me."
A neighbor saw a different side of Ludd.
"For someone his age and still in school, he kept pretty late hours," said Roland Emerson, 49, who lives near Ludd's Forest Park Avenue home. "When I see him, he'd speak to me sometimes. But he didn't go out of his way for me."