Authorities arrest three teens in fatal shooting of man on bus Youngest of suspects is city eighth-grader

November 15, 1996|By Joe Mathews and Richard Irwin | Joe Mathews and Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

Three teen-agers who live within 100 yards of each other on an East Baltimore street were arrested yesterday and charged in the Oct. 30 fatal shooting of a man on a packed Mass Transit

Administration bus.

Marlin Rydell "Fuji" Newsome, 14, was arrested at his parents' home in the 3300 block of Elmley Ave. at 6: 30 a.m. yesterday. After questioning and charging him, Baltimore police -- working with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force -- detained Milton Leon Thomas, 16, and William Rogers, 18, both of Elmley Avenue.

All three teen-agers were charged as adults with first-degree murder and felony weapons counts. All three were being held without bail at the Central Booking and Intake Center.

Police said two teens were chasing the victim, Mitchell Antonio Curtis, 26, while the bus was stopped at Sinclair Lane and Edison Highway during afternoon rush hour.

They followed Curtis onto the bus, and one pulled a weapon and killed him with at least one shot to the head. Detective Joseph Dugan declined to identify who police believe was the gunman.

A third teen-ager had been following on his dirt bike, police said. Detectives believe he participated in the killing, but did not say how.

The Newsome youth is an eighth-grader at Canton Middle School.

His mother, Belinda Newsome, 44, criticized police yesterday.

She said her son "is innocent, and they know he's innocent." She said detectives had kicked in her door while entering the two-story rowhouse, where she and her husband, Melvin, have lived since shortly after Marlin was born.

Newsome said she had scolded Marlin on Wednesday night for skipping school that day. She said that, with the exception of a fight Marlin had with a neighborhood youth, he has given her no trouble.

Marlin, the fourth of five children, is a quiet, tall and gangly youth who liked to ride his bicycle -- a Royce Union model that sat in the dining room yesterday -- and walk his pit bull, Ruck, in the neighborhood, Newsome said.

"It's wrong for my son to have to be locked up, to have his name broadcast all over, just because he saw something," she said. "I want him back."

Pub Date: 11/15/96

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