Man arrested in shootings on MTA bus Teen-ager slain, two hurt in Wednesday night attack

September 14, 1997|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

A man suspected in Wednesday night's triple shooting aboard an MTA bus in West Baltimore was arrested yesterday and charged with first-degree murder, city police said.

Davon Robinson, 19, was arrested without incident about 1: 30 ** p.m. at his home in the 2900 block of Round Road in the Cherry Hill neighborhood, said Maj. Elmer Dennis, commander of Baltimore's Southern District.

Three homicide detectives and eight officers searched Robinson's home after the arrest, Dennis said.

"Police recovered a weapon from the home that they believe was used in the shooting," said Officer Angelique Cook-Hayes, a Police Department spokeswoman. She would not say what led investigators to Robinson, who was charged in the death of 15-year-old Rodney Barnes. Robinson is being held at the Central Booking and Intake Center.

Barnes, of the 4400 block of Pall Mall Road in Northwest Baltimore, was fatally shot about 7 p.m. Wednesday by a man sitting next to him on the westbound No. 2 bus, which runs between City Hall and Catonsville.

It was not clear yesterday whether Barnes and Robinson knew one another, Dennis said.

Robinson was also charged with reckless endangerment, a felony handgun offense and two counts of attempted murder, Cook-Hayes said.

The wounded passengers were Anthony Morton, 36, and Deborah Jean Smith-Sampson, 32, both of Southwest Baltimore, who were sitting near the gunman and victim. Morton was shot once in the right side and Smith-Sampson in the right buttock. Both were released Thursday from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Two other passengers and the Mass Transit Administration driver, a 10-year veteran whose name was not released, suffered minor injuries as they scrambled to get off the bus in the 100 block of S. Gilmor St., police said.

Pub Date: 9/14/97

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