Police seize weapons, drugs during rowhouse raids BALTIMORE CITY

February 10, 1993|By Roger Twigg | Roger Twigg,Staff Writer

Police raided an alleged firearms 'safe house' in West Baltimore yesterday and seized seven weapons, including a handgun believed used in a recent slaying and an assault rifle stolen in November from a Parkville gun shop.

Detectives forced in the front door of the rowhouse, in the 2300 block of Whittier Ave., just before 7 a.m. and were confronted by a Doberman pinscher which immediately attacked one of the officers, police said.

Another officer killed the animal with a shotgun blast.

Minutes later, police arrested Terrence Fenwick, 21, who lives in the house, in a third-floor bedroom. Small quantities of heroin LTC and cocaine were seized from the room, said Capt. Michael J. Andrew, head of the drug enforcement section.

Mr. Fenwick was charged with narcotics and handgun violations, police said.

Police said they obtained a search-and-seizure warrant for the house after learning that weapons were being stored there.

Among the seven weapons seized inside the house was a .32-caliber handgun that police said they believe was used in the Jan. 30 slaying of David Johnson, 20, of the 2600 block of Oswego Ave. Mr. Johnson was found shot to death sitting in a bullet-riddled car at the McDonald's restaurant at Reisterstown Road and Cold Spring Lane. Police said they are awaiting ballistics test results to determine if the gun was the one that killed Mr. Johnson.

Also seized was an AR-15 assault rifle that was among 14 weapons stolen Nov. 29 from the Valley Gun Shop in Parkville, police said. Thieves rammed their way into the shop using a stolen car and looted the rifles and handguns; four men were later arrested and charged with robbery but only five of the weapons were recovered.

Other guns seized from the Whittier Avenue home were another .32-caliber handgun, a .44-caliber Magnum revolver, two .22-caliber rifles, a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition, police said.

In separate and unrelated raids on Monday, police recovered three TEC-9 machine pistols.

In 1992, city police seized 2,891 handguns and 697 rifles for a total of 3,588 weapons, a 15.6 percent increase over the amount of weapons seized in 1991.

"We had better start doing something about the guns," Captain Andrew said.

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