Shot by two muggers during Queens robbery

BALTIMORE MAN SLAIN IN N.Y.

woman shaken but unhurt.

August 15, 1991|By Joe Nawrozki | Joe Nawrozki,Evening Sun Staff

A Baltimore man was shot and killed early today by one of two armed robbers in New York City after they stole money and jewelry from him and his female companion.

Rickey George, 33, of the 3000 block of Mondawmin Ave. in northwest Baltimore, was pronounced dead on arrival about 1:45 a.m. at Wycoff Hospital in Brooklyn, a spokesman for the New York City Police Department said.

The victim, accompanied by his common-law wife, was in New York to have dinner and visit a friend, according to Sgt. George Zaroogian of the 104th police precinct in Queens.

George is the second Marylander in less than two months to fall victim to violence in New York City.

On July 6, Rhona Lantin, 26, of Silver Spring, was killed after she was caught in the cross-fire of a gun battle between Asian gangs in Chinatown.

According to Zaroogian, George and the woman were in the 1600 block of Summerfield St. in the Ridgefield section of Queens about 1:25 a.m.

He described the area as "a neighborhood in transition, a place where drugs are present.

"They had tried to get into a nearby restaurant but it was too crowded so they went back to their parked car and fell asleep," Zaroogian said.

George and his companion were waiting for a friend from the neighboring borough of Brooklyn when they were awakened by the robbers, who demanded their money and other valuables, he said.

George, who was behind the wheel of a rented 1990 Pontiac Sunbird, was then shot three times in the upper torso from close range, police said.

Police described the robbers as Hispanic males wearing pastel-colored T-shirts or sweatshirts. Both were believed armed with handguns, according to Zaroogian.

Results of an autopsy on the victim's body were expected tomorrow, according to a police spokesman.

Police refused to identify the woman who was in the car with George because "she was very distraught" and would be an important witness against the assailants if they are arrested.

According to Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration records, the victim formerly lived in the 3500 block of Rockdale Ct. in Randallstown.

Although he was found behind the wheel of a car, MVA records showed that George had his Maryland drivers' license suspended in January 1990 and had never applied for a new one.

In the fatal shooting last month, Lantin was killed while traveling in a car with friends in New York's Chinatown.

Lantin, who was an economist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, was shot in the head following a fireworks display.

The victim, police said later, had moved two years ago from a neighborhood in Washington to Silver Spring because she was afraid of being a victim of violence.

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