Victim, 17, with broken leg, was chased, shot in foster home in city.

MAN HELD IN SON'S DEATH

November 21, 1991|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff Joan Jacobson contributed to this story.

City homicide detectives have charged a 36-year-old man with first-degree murder in the shooting of his teen-age son.

In what police said were two other unrelated incidents, separate shootings yesterday in Baltimore left two men dead and a third in critical condition. No arrests had been made in either case.

Police charged Lawrence Banks, of the 1600 block of Federal St., with the murder of his son, Lawrence S. Foster, 17.

Banks was charged yesterday afternoon not long after he arrived at police headquarters to be interviewed in the case, police said.

Banks , the victim's biological father, was remanded to the Central District lockup, police said.

He was to appear today at a bail hearing before a District Court commissioner, police said.

Tuesday afternoon, the body of Foster, a 10th grader at Northwestern High School, was found in the kitchen of his foster home in the 3500 block of W. Northern Parkway in Pimlico, police said. The discovery was made by a female resident of the house.

Foster had apparently activated a burglar alarm inside the house shortly after 10 a.m. while being pursued by his killer, police said.

Police said today that Banks may have killed his son because the youth was going to testify against his father on child abuse charges.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Social Services refused to say why the youth was in foster care.

Police said Foster, who had moved into the home two months ago, was unable to attend classes due to a broken leg.

"We think he [Foster] pressed the alarm button while being chased into the kitchen and just seconds before he was killed," said Sgt. Jay Landsman of the homicide squad.

Landsman said Northwestern District officers responding to the alarm checked the exterior of the house and left when they didn't find anything amiss.

The detective said that, between the time the alarm went off and when Foster's body was found, a faculty member at Northwestern High went to the house with test papers for Foster.

After ringing the doorbell and knocking on the door and getting no response, the teacher left, not knowing Foster was lying dead inside the house, Landsman said.

About 3 p.m., another resident of the house arrived and found Foster's body in the kitchen, Landsman said. The youth had been shot in the head.

In a separate shooting shortly before noon yesterday, two men getting out of a car in the 1600 block of N. Calhoun St. in West Baltimore were shot by two men armed with handguns, police said.

Police said Oliver Randall Coleman, 32, of the 3200 block of Presstman St., was shot several times and died later at the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore.

The other victim, Robert Eugene Williams, 43, of the 1500 block of Retreat St., also was taken to Shock-Trauma, where he was in critical condition today with a gunshot wound to the head, police said.

Police said they had no motive for the shootings and had made no arrests.

About noon yesterday in East Baltimore, Stanley Roistler, 27, of the 1800 block of N. Bethel St., was ambushed while riding a bike in the 1900 block of Perlman Place and died in a hail of bullets, police said.

Police said Roistler was riding behind the 2300 block of E. North Ave. and had just entered Perlman Place when a man armed with a 9mm handgun stepped into the alley and fired more than a dozen shots at him.

Roistler fell to the street and ran to a nearby yard before he collapsed and died, police said.

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