A Nation of Islam Security Agency guard, indicted by a Baltimore grand jury on a charge of attempted murder in the pummeling of a man with a flashlight in March, turned himself in to police Wednesday.
Malachi Wilson, 29, of the 3400 block of Caton Ave. was indicted July 27 on charges of attempted murder, assault with intent to murder and assault with a deadly weapon, according to the city State's Attorney's office.
The grand jury declined to indict three other guards charged by police in connection with an incident at the George P. Murphy Homes public housing complex in West Baltimore, where NOI Security has a contract to provide protection to residents.
The charges stem from an incident when a mob tried to enter a Murphy Homes high-rise building. Police said NOI guards chased a man who is alleged to have fired a handgun at them, caught him and beat him in the head with a flashlight. Police said residents pulled the guards off the man.
.7l Police said the man suffered a fractured skull, a 3-inch cut over his left eye and a swollen mouth and nose.
Mr. Wilson is a former Baltimore police officer who was fired in 1990. That year, he received a 30-day suspended sentence and was placed on 18 months probation for beating a teen-age car theft suspect in a West Baltimore alley.
The State's Attorney's office said Mr. Wilson is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 20. He could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted.