3 charged in slaying at parts store * Teen-agers are accused in slaying and robbery on "Zero Murder Day."

November 26, 1991|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff

Police have charged three men in connection with a murder and robbery at an auto parts store in northwest Baltimore on "Zero Murder Day" last Friday.

All have been charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery and a handgun violation, said Agent Arlene S. Jenkins, a police spokeswoman.

About 4 a.m. yesterday, Larry J. Hill, 18, of the 3400 block of Woodland Ave., and Jamal McCoy, 18, of the 5500 block of Minnoka Ave., were arrested without incident at Hill's home, police said. Stewart H. Carter, 18, of the 4200 block of Norfolk Ave., surrendered at the Northwestern District late yesterday afternoon, Jenkins said.

"We believe Carter is the shooter," Jenkins said. "Our investigation leads us to believe that."

Shortly before 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 22, two men, armed with what police believe were shotguns, entered the Mainline Auto Parts store in the 5300 block of Reisterstown Road.

"They announced a hold-up," Jenkins said. "They forced employees to lie on the floor."

When employee Robert Lee Coles, 63, of the 2200 block of Riggs Ave., reached for a concealed handgun, one of the gunmen shot him, police said. Coles was wounded in the chest, Jenkins said.

The robbers fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, Jenkins said.

Coles was pronounced dead at 3:56 p.m. at Sinai Hospital, police said.

Police aren't sure what role the third robber played.

Zero Murder Day was organized by community activists who

hoped for a day in Baltimore without violence.

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