City police yesterday arrested two people in two unrelated homicides that occurred this month, including the slaying of a Korean merchant who was selling fireworks July 4 from a van near his home.
Melvin Matthew Gilbert, 17, of the 700 block of Bartlett Ave., was arrested last night for an unrelated robbery and charged as an adult with the first-degree murder of Seong Han Chang, 30, of the 2500 Barclay Street.
Police said Mr. Chang was selling fireworks from a van at Guilford Avenue and East 23rd Street July 4 when a youth stole some fireworks.
When the thief was noticed by an employee of Mr. Chang, he fled.
Police said Mr. Chang and the employee, Tony Faison, left and returned later and saw the youth. Mr. Faison pulled a 9 mm handgun but could not fire it, police said.
The youth ran but returned later with a group of friends.
One had a handgun and opened fire, hitting Mr. Chang who was standing next to his van.
The victim was taken to Union Memorial Hospital, where he died a short time later.
Young Gilbert was held overnight at the Central District without bail pending a bail hearing today in District Court.
In the other slaying, police said, Eric Tyrone Baker, 24, of the 1000 block of E. 20th St., surrendered to police yesterday and was charged with the Saturday slaying of Terrance Harbin, 29, of the 900 block of Belgian Ave.
Mr. Harbin was arguing with a man in the 1300 block of Cliftview Ave. about 3 a.m. when he was shot, police said.
Mr. Harbin died less than 30 minutes later at University of Maryland Medical Center.
A warrant was issued for Mr. Baker's arrest shortly after the shooting, when witnesses identified the gunman, police said.
Police said Mr. Baker also is being held without bail at the Central District lockup pending a bail review hearing today.