Suspect in deaths of family is caught Man charged in slayings of wife, 2 sons BALTIMORE COUNTY

August 12, 1993|By Kris Antonelli and David Michael Ettlin | Kris Antonelli and David Michael Ettlin,Staff Writers Staff writer Richard Irwin contributed to this article.

A state prison system worker sought for nearly two weeks on charges of murder in the stabbing deaths of his wife and two sons was captured last night at a Northeast Baltimore apartment, where he apparently stabbed himself in the chest, police said.

Michael Antonio Reese Sr., 26, was found wounded but conscious when police rushed into a third-floor rear unit at Notting Street Station Apartments in the 6000 block of Amberwood Road, authorities said.

The apartment was the home of his childhood girlfriend, Anne Fulcher, in her 20s, who told police she arrived from work after 6 p.m. and found him in her bed. She said she ran out of her apartment with her 2-year-old son and called city police.

Her 7-year-old son was outside riding his bike when his mother fled the apartment.

A neighbor told police that Mr. Reese had sent the 7-year-old out to play and warned him not to tell anyone he was in the apartment; the child apparently obeyed.

Moments after arriving, tactical and patrol officers evacuated the occupants of 20 apartments in two buildings of the garden complex.

Residents of those buildings gathered on the sidewalks and the parking lot as a police negotiator tried unsuccessfully to establish contact with Mr. Reese.

Barbara Cavanaugh, 29, said she heard Ms. Fulcher -- who lives directly below her -- screaming outside the building. Then Mrs. Cavanaugh ran outside.

"She was yelling that her friend was out of his mind and acting crazy," Mrs. Cavanaugh said.

Mrs. Cavanaugh said she noticed Ms. Fulcher had two bandages on her neck.

Alone in the apartment, Mr. Reese locked himself in with a deadbolt and was hiding in the bedroom, police said.

They said they did not know whether Mr. Reese was armed and that he would neither talk nor come out of the bedroom.

The waiting ended about 10:30 p.m. when officers rushed into the apartment.

It was not immediately known whether Mr. Reese had stabbed himself as the police entered or earlier in the evening.

Officers said they recovered a knife with a 5-inch blade.

Mr. Reese was treated at the scene by paramedics for about 30 minutes and then taken by ambulance to the Francis Scott Key Medical Center.

Mr. Reese had been sought since the morning of July 30, when his wife and two children -- Rhonda Reese, 24, and sons Michael, 7, and Kenneth, 3 -- were found stabbed to death in their Essex town house in the first block of Spicewood Court.

The couple had been separated for about two months because of marital problems.

Relatives have said Mr. Reese desperately wanted to resolve his marital difficulties and return to his family's home.

An hour after the bodies were found, Mr. Reese was seen by the police speeding from a Baltimore officer who had stopped him for allegedly running a red light.

The 1990 Chevrolet Beretta occupied by Mr. Reese and two other men was stopped after the car ran a red light on North Avenue at Howard Street, police said.

After the stop, the officer learned from the police radio that the vehicle was being sought in connection with the triple homicide.

The officer chased the car, but the men got away when the officer's cruiser collided with a car that the Beretta had narrowly avoided in the 3400 block of Park Heights Ave.

Mrs. Reese was a graduate of Dunbar High School and a saleswoman at J. C. Penney in Eastpoint.

She and her husband had returned to the Baltimore area about 1 1/2 years ago from California, where Mr. Reese was stationed while in the Navy.

He was a commissary worker at the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup.

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