Suspect in barbershop killings arrested, held without bail

January 12, 1993|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Staff Writer

A Baltimore man wanted on murder charges in the Nov. 28 shooting deaths of a Catonsville barber and one of his customers was sent to the Baltimore County Detention Center without bail last night after city police arrested him Sunday and identified him through fingerprints.

Jeffrey Damon Ebb, 26, of the first block of South Morley St., appeared before a county commissioner yesterday on two charges of first-degree murder and one charge of attempted murder. He was held without bail pending an appearance today in District Court.

Acting on a tip, city police arrested Ebb in East Baltimore Sunday night, city police spokesman Sam Ringgold said. He initially refused to give officers his name and was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana. After his identity was established through fingerprints, Ebb was remanded to the custody of county police.

County homicide detectives obtained an arrest warrant Dec. 28, charging Ebb with murder in the deaths of barber James E. Brodie, 57, of the 400 block of Winters Lane, and of Michael S. Peters Jr., 20, of the 4400 block of Kathland Ave.

Another customer was wounded in what police called a botched robbery at the popular Winters Lane barber shop just before 6 a.m.

Ebb was paroled in April after serving almost four years of an 11-year sentence for assault, flight, and drug violations, according to court and corrections records.

He participated in several drug awareness, work release, educational and rehabilitation programs, according to parole and probation records. On Christmas Eve, however, his parole agent sought an arrest warrant because Ebb had failed to report, failed to remain employed, quit a drug program, and left his address.

Ebb was interviewed on Dec. 12, according to a police affidavit filed yesterday with the District Court commissioner. He denied knowledge of the barbershop killings, saying he was at his construction job at the time.

According to the affidavit, police identified their suspect in the crime through an anonymous informant who called to say he had seen the man leaving the shop with a gun in his hand after the shootings.

In addition, the affidavit stated that two of Ebb's friends also told police that Ebb had told them about the robbery.

One of the men also told detectives that the 9mm handgun used in the robbery had been sold for $150 and two bags of heroin on North Brice Street in the city.

Police confiscated the weapon in an unrelated drug arrest, and according to the detectives' affidavit, a ballistics test showed it was the gun used in the barbershop murders.

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