Man sought in W. Baltimore slaying since 1992 is arrested in New York

February 08, 1997|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A man sought since 1992 in the killing of a West Baltimore car mechanic was arrested early yesterday in New York City, and police said the suspect may be linked to a large-scale drug ring responsible for several slayings.

The arrest of Darryl Greene, 33, ends a five-year search and could help federal authorities crack what police describe as a major drug organization that moves heroin and cocaine from New York to North Carolina.

Greene was charged in September 1992 with first-degree murder in the Baltimore slaying. He later was indicted in Charlotte, N.C., on drug charges.

Donald Worden, a former Baltimore homicide detective who works as a civilian investigating unsolved homicides for the Police Department's Cold Case Squad, said the drug ring has been active since 1985.

That was when Greene and Antonio Caldwell were charged with a drug-related double slaying in East Baltimore. They were acquitted on the charges. Caldwell, who was charged with Greene in the mechanic's slaying, was killed in New York in August 1993.

Worden said the that mechanic's slaying was not drug-related. He said it was the result of a dispute over how the suspect's Mercedes was repaired at the shop in the 2500 block of W. Lexington St. Robert Baker was fatally shot once in the head with a 9 mm handgun. A witness was shot several times but survived.

Worden said Greene had been arrested several times since the slaying using different names, including Trevor Williams, but always got out of jail before authorities could learn his real identity and link him to the Baltimore charges.

He was arrested at 128th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem about 2 a.m. after a contingent of New York City officers, U.S. marshals and other federal agents chased him for three blocks.

Pub Date: 2/08/97

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