3 teens charged in shooting death of deliveryman

March 25, 1995|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer

Two teen-agers arrested Thursday in connection with the February shooting death of a pizza deliveryman in Northeast Baltimore were ordered held without bail yesterday by a District judge.

Michael Counts, 16, of the 2700 block of The Alameda and Antoine Mayo, 16, of the 4300 block of Old York Road were each charged as adults with first-degree murder and armed robbery. A 14-year-old was charged as a juvenile with the same offenses. It was unknown whether the 14-year-old still was being held last night.

Police arrested the three suspects at their homes Thursday about 6:40 a.m. Officer Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a police spokesman, said detectives recovered a .25-caliber handgun believed to be the murder weapon from the 14-year-old's house.

The charges are in connection with the slaying of Mohammad Ijaz, 32, who was delivering two pizzas to an address in the 1700 block of Carswell St. when he was shot about 8:40 p.m. Feb. 25.

Officer Weinhold said investigators believe the suspects called Remington Pizza Boli's, ordered two pizzas, then ambushed Mr. Ijaz when he walked up the street. The spokesman said the suspects announced a holdup and threatened Mr. Ijaz with a handgun.

"The pizza deliveryman attempted to run away," Officer Weinhold said. "He was shot. He began to yell, and they shot him again." Police said the suspects ran off with the two pizzas, but did not touch what the victim had in his pocket."

Mr. Ijaz of the 9900 block of Tall Spine Lane was wounded twice in his upper body. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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