Suspect sought in slaying of Harford cabdriver His picture was selected by witness, document says

January 12, 1996|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

Police have charged a 26-year-old man with shooting a Harford County cabdriver to death last month after the cabbie had been robbed of about $80 on a Northwest Baltimore street, Baltimore police said.

Rendell Curtis Jones of the 4000 block of Bonner Road, about three blocks from the slaying scene, was charged in an arrest warrant with first-degree murder and armed robbery. He was being sought yesterday.

Police released few details of their investigation yesterday, but court documents say that a witness to the crime -- whose name was not released -- picked Mr. Jones' photo out of a lineup of mug shots.

Mr. Jones is charged with shooting Christopher Allen Leavitt, 26, a driver for Edgewood Taxi, on Dec. 15. A police officer found Mr. Leavitt shot once in the head and lying near his cab, which had crashed into a fence in a dark, secluded spot in the 3900 block of Fairfax Road.

Edgewood Taxi officials told police that Mr. Leavitt picked up a passenger at a High's convenience store on Hanson Road in Edgewood about 11:30 p.m. The fare had called from a pay phone and wanted to go to Baltimore.

Police said that they do not know whether the suspect was the passenger in the cab.

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