Teen accused of terrorizing pair headed for church

May 04, 1994|By Michael James | Michael James,Sun Staff Writer

A 16-year-old boy being held on charges that he shot a kindergarten teacher in the face is now charged with additional crimes -- terrorizing and robbing two women on their way to a Baltimore church, police said.

The latest charges against Xavier Cornelius Wilson include assault with intent to murder, use of a handgun in a crime of violence and robbery with a deadly weapon, police said.

HTC He is jailed at the Baltimore City Detention Center, charged with shooting Julie A. Lombardi, 41, in the face Feb. 1 as she drove home from her job at Malcolm X Elementary School in Northwest Baltimore. Police contend he shot her because he wanted parts from her Acura Legend automobile.

"We think we've got a good case against this kid to put him away for a long, long time. He's a very dangerous young man," said Officer Mark Wiedefeld of the Northwestern District's Major Crimes Unit.

After arresting young Wilson in the Lombardi shooting, police raided his home and several others belonging to alleged members of the Park Heights Hustlers drug gang. In those raids, police seized two handguns, including a .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol from Xavier Wilson's home in the 2900 block of Springhill Ave., Officer Wiedefeld said.

Ballistics tests linked that weapon to a Nov. 28 crime in which two women were accosted at gunpoint in the 3900 block of Park Heights Ave. while they were walking to Sunday service at the New Horizon Deliverance Center, police said.

The gunman dragged one of the women from the street into an alley, pressing the gun barrel against her face, police said. He then ordered the two women -- ages 31 and 44 -- to give him their valuables.

He took more than $300 in cash and jewelry from the women, then ordered them to step backward -- "and then for no apparent reason he shoots the gun twice over their heads," Officer Wiedefeld said. Both women fled and were not hit by the bullets.

"It seems he just shot the gun because he felt like it," Officer Wiedefeld said. "It's ironic, because it was the shell casings from the gun that ended up getting him caught."

One of the victims positively identified Xavier Wilson from a photo lineup as the youth who robbed her, police said.

Investigators said they were going to take Xavier Wilson out of the Detention Center about 11 a.m. today so that he could be taken to the Northwestern District for processing. He is charged as an adult in both of the crimes, police said.

The charges from the Lombardi shooting include attempted murder, assault with intent to murder, attempted carjacking and felony use of a handgun.

Baltimore police said the youth was attempting to steal the teacher's Acura Legend, which he planned to strip and use for parts to repair his own Acura.

Mrs. Lombardi resisted orders to leave the car, and as she drove off, the teen-ager fired about five shots at her with a .45-caliber pistol, police said.

One of the bullets tore through the left side of her face, shattering the bone structure that supports her upper teeth, the floor of her nose and upper palate.

She was later released from Sinai Hospital after complex surgery that used grafts from her ribs to repair her facial bones.

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