Man and woman arrested in slaying of Sun cab driver. Police investigate three unrelated homicides in short span yesterday.

October 09, 1991|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff Alisa Samuels and William B. Talbott contributed to this story.

Police today continued to investigate three unrelated homicides, and arrested a man and woman in the shooting death of a cab driver last night.

The slayings brought the number of homicides in Baltimore this year to 227, compared with 230 at the same time in 1990, police said.

The latest homicide victim was a woman whose body was found about 9:30 p.m. yesterday in an alley off the 1700 block of Latrobe St., police said.

The body of Linda Seward, 23, of the 1800 block of Barclay St., was found by Eastern District police. Police said Seward died of a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Witnesses told police Seward was arguing with a man when a shot rang out. Mortally wounded, she ran into the alley less than a block away before collapsing.

In northeast Baltimore, Frederick Griffin, 44, a veteran Sun cab driver, was shot several times last night during a robbery outside an apartment building in the 5000 block of Denview Way.

Less than 30 minutes later, police stopped a public service bus in the 4100 block of Sinclair Lane and arrested James A. Robinson, 22, of the 2000 block of E. Hoffman St., and Laverne Paulette Jackson, 22, who was residing at the Marylander Motel in the 6400 block of Pulaski Highway. Each was charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery and using a handgun in the commission of a felony.

Robinson was being held at the Eastern District and Jackson at the Central District Women's Detention Center pending bail review hearings today in District Court.

Police said the couple was identified by a witness who got on the bus with Police Agent Samuel Means and pointed them out as they sat together.

On the floor near where the suspects were seated, police recovered a .38-caliber handgun believed used in the cabbie's slaying. The cabbie's wallet was recovered from Robinson's coat, police said, and an empty holster, a syringe and a capsule containing a liquid believed to be a narcotic were found in Jackson's purse.

Police said Griffin, who also lived at the Marylander Motel, picked up a couple last night and drove them to the Relcrest Apartments in the 5000 block of Denview Way, arriving about 8:15 p.m. Shortly thereafter, one of the suspects pulled out a handgun and shot Griffin once in the right shoulder, three times in the back and once under the left armpit, police said.

Residents of the building told police they heard at least three shots, and when they looked out their living room windows they saw two people leaning over Griffin.

In another slaying yesterday, police said they have no motive or suspect in the shooting death of a 21-year-old Dundalk man whose body was found at Fort Holabird Industrial Park in the city.

Mark Alan Davis, an unemployed ironworker who lived in the 2900 block of Cornwall Road, appeared to have been running for his life when he was shot in the back, police said.

After Davis fell, a gunman or gunmen stood over him and shot him in the neck and head, police said.

Davis was found by passers-by about 9:40 a.m. Tuesday.

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