Man charged in shooting death of pregnant woman last June

April 22, 1993|By Roger Twigg | Roger Twigg,Staff Writer

A man who had eluded police for nearly a year was arrested Tuesday in connection with a 1992 shooting in West Baltimore that left a 19-year-old pregnant woman dead and two other innocent victims wounded.

Joseph Tyrone Blake, 25, of the 900 block of N. Carrollton Ave., was arrested by members of the fugitive unit about 6 a.m. Tuesday in his girlfriend's apartment in the first block of N. Stricker St., said Sgt. Roger Nolan of the homicide unit.

Mr. Blake was charged with first-degree murder, two counts of assault with intent to murder and a weapons violation, Sergeant Nolan said. He is being held without bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

"He has been playing a cat-and-mouse game with us for months," the sergeant said.

Sergeant Nolan said information on Mr. Blake's whereabouts was recently obtained by Officer Joseph Comma of the Central District and passed on to members of the fugitive unit.

In the June 6, 1992, incident, a man positioned himself north of the 1200 block of Myrtle Ave. and fired three shots from a handgun into the block, police said.

Ervine Harris, 19, was sitting on the steps of her residence in the 1200 block when the shooting erupted.

She gathered her 4-year-old brother in her arms and was carrying him into the house when a bullet struck her in the head and killed her, Sergeant Nolan said.

The other bullets struck a 14-year-old girl and another woman, both of whom were in the 1100 block of Myrtle Ave.

"At this point, we don't have a motive. But, we don't think he was shooting at them. They were not the intended victims," Sergeant Nolan said.

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