Suspect sought in Catonsville barbershop slayings Baltimore man was paroled in April

December 31, 1992|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Staff Writer

Baltimore County police have issued murder warrants for a 26-year-old Baltimore man suspected of killing a popular Catonsville barber and a customer during a botched robbery last month.

Jeffrey Damon Ebb of the first block of S. Morley St. near Loudon Park Cemetery is wanted on two counts of first-degree murder and is considered to be armed and dangerous, according to Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a county police spokesman.

"He knows we're looking for him," the sergeant said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 887-2198.

The slayings occurred just before 6 a.m. on Nov. 28, when a gunman entered the barbershop in the 400 block of Winters Lane and shot barber James E. Brodie, 57, who lived nearby.

Michael S. Peters Jr., 20, was shot and killed as he sat in a barber chair.

Mr. Peters lived in the 4400 block of Kathland Ave.

Mr. Peters died immediately. Mr. Brodie, a retired school custodian who had operated barbershops in the Catonsville area for 30 years, was shot in the chest and died at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center soon after.

After the crime, police circulated a sketch and description of a male suspect and of an unidentified woman who fled after entering the shop just ahead of the gunman. The woman is wanted for questioning as a possible witness, Sergeant Doarnberger said.

Police learned the suspect's identity through informants, who also told police that the murder weapon had been sold to a man in Baltimore. The man was in police custody in Baltimore on unrelated drug charges, and city police had recovered a 9mm handgun.

Sergeant Doarnberger refused to comment on ballistics tests of the weapon.

According to records from the Department of Correctional Services, Ebb was paroled on April 3 after serving almost four years of an 11-year sentence on 1988 convictions for narcotics violations, for fleeing and eluding police, and for assault in an unrelated case.

After the killings, neighbors described Mr. Brodie's small barbershop as a popular neighborhood gathering place, where people came to talk and watch television even if they weren't planning to get their hair cut.

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