Two men charged in death of Christmas tree vendor

January 19, 1995|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer

Baltimore police arrested and charged two city men yesterday in connection with the shooting death of a 69-year-old Christmas tree seller whose body was found in a trailer on Christmas Eve.

Carl Lamont Johnson, 31, of the 500 block of Winston Ave. in Govans, and Dave Andrew Daye, 24, of the 2800 block of Riggs Ave. in the Winchester section of West Baltimore, were each charged with first-degree murder and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony.

They were held today in the Central District lockup pending a hearing before a court commissioner.

Both were charged in the death of Samuel Myers, 69, of Lebanon, Pa., who was found shot about 4:30 a.m. Christmas Eve in his trailer in the 4400 block of Reisterstown Road, near Cold Spring Lane.

Mr. Myers, who had traveled from his Pennsylvania home for the past 30 years to sell Christmas trees in the Baltimore area, was slain during an apparent robbery, police said.

Officer Sabrina V. Tapp-Harper, a police spokeswoman, said Mr. Johnson was arrested at his workplace, Suburban Country Club, in the 6700 block of Park Heights Ave.

Col. Ronald L. Daniel, chief of the criminal investigation bureau, said a search of Mr. Johnson's house turned up a .38-caliber handgun, but police said they do not know if that weapon was used in the slaying.

Police said Mr. Daye was arrested at Mercy Medical Center, but they could not say why he was there.

Mr. Myers was one of two Christmas tree salesmen to be killed in the Baltimore area during the two days before Christmas. On Dec. 23, employees of the A to Z Garden Center in Perry Hall found the body of Paul Robert Zinkhan, 53, near the building where he sold plants and fresh produce in the summer and Christmas trees during the holiday season.

Two men from eastern Baltimore County are awaiting trial on charges in the Zinkhan case after being arrested in Florida.

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