State Police Hang Flier In Search For A Suspect

October 07, 1990|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff writer

Inside U.S. Books, an adult book store in Edgewood, a flier requesting information on a slain teen-ager is taped on the front of a glass case displaying sexual aids.

About a half-dozen men mill about the shop, browsing over the stock of X-rated videotapes and sexually explicit magazines.

But none of them stops to read the flier.

State police investigators said they posted the flier at the shop two weeks ago, hoping to bring new leads in their six-month investigation into the April stabbing death of 17-year-old James O. Blakeley of Havre de Grace.

In addition to U.S. Books, investigators at the Benson State Police barracks put up fliers at three other county adult book stores and other businesses in the Edgewood area.

"Somebody out there knows what's going on," said Trooper E. Raymond Domico, the lead investigator on the case. "We're trying to get this back into the public's eye."

Domico said investigators have followed a number of leads in the investigation, but they turned into dead ends.

Blakeley was stabbed once in the chest on April 1 by a man investigators believe he met at U.S. Books on Pulaski Highway, police said.

Blakeley's body was found with pants down and shirt open at Otter Point Creek, a short distance away from the book store, police said. However, there were no signs of a sexual assault, police said.

In the flier, investigators reveal for the first time that they have determined Blakeley was at U.S. Books before he was killed and that he is believed to have met members of the gay community at the store.

The police also are using the flier to caution patrons of adult book stores about leaving with people they meet at the shops.

"The guy is still out on the streets," Domico said. "He's potentially dangerous."

The statement on the flier was carefully worded by a team of state police investigators, including Domico. It reads as follows: "On Monday, April 2, the body of James Oren Blakeley, a 17-year-old white male, was found at Otter Point Creek, a secluded fishing area along Route 755 off Route 40, behind the Burger King in Edgewood. James was fatally stabbed to death sometime Sunday night, April 1, after 11 p.m.

"Prior to his murder, James was employed at the Conowingo Shell Station in Cecil County, where he worked full-time to support himself. He was an active and dedicated member of the church and all persons who have been interviewed during this investigation report James to be a well-liked person.

"He was also described by friends and relatives as a very sensitive and trustworthy person. Maryland State Police investigators feel that James Blakeley's killer committed an inhumane and cowardly act, by preying on young Jimmy's meek and trusting character.

"Investigators know that Jimmy was not an aggressive or arrogant individual and that for someone to take his life was a heartless act of violence. It certainly appears that James was killed for no apparent reason.

"On April 1, 1990, at 11 p.m., James Blakeley was at the U.S. Adult Book Store located on Pulaski Highway, Edgewood. The adult book store had a large number of patrons, one of which included James' killer.

"Someone had to see this individual and probably was approached by him.

It is hoped that anyone who came into contact in any manner with someone late Sunday night or early Monday morning would please come forward. The killer has most likely been in the book store on previous occasions.

"James and his eventual killer left the adult book store in James' vehicle. James was then murdered at the Otter Creek location and his vehicle driven back to the side of the book store building parking lot by the killer. James was driving a blue 1985 Chevrolet Cavalier with Maryland registration number XTK-502.

"Police believe that the killer is a local resident and is familiar with the area of the crime. Maryland State Police are requesting the help of the public on this case. The cold-blooded murder must be solved. This was an act of a coward, without question.

"Information developed through the investigation indicates that James Blakeley had become acquainted with members of the gay community that frequented the adult book store. Investigators believe that until identified and apprehended, this killer poses a danger to the patrons of the adult book stores in the area."

Police ask that anyone with information on the slaying to call 838-4101 or 879-2101. Information also can be sent to the barracks at 1401 Bel Air Road, Bel Air, 21014.

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