Police lure man to county, charge him in murder Baltimore suspect also arrested on drug charges

December 19, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County narcotics detectives arrested a Baltimore man Wednesday wanted in a double murder last month in Armistead Gardens in Northeast Baltimore.

Roland Albert Thompson IV, 23, of the 3400 block of Chesterfield Ave. was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and with possession and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Detectives picked up Thompson about 8 p.m. as he drove into Anne Arundel County from Baltimore County. Police say he was on his way to deliver crack cocaine.

He is the third man charged in the slayings Nov. 26 of Edward Demski, 40, of New Windsor in Carroll County and Eric Melzer, 27, of the 900 block of Armistead Way.

Robert "Bert" Fleek Jr., 17, of the 7200 block of Conley St. and Thoyt Dean "Sonny" Hackney, 22, of the 3200 block of E. Baltimore St., Baltimore, were charged Dec. 8 in the slayings.

Demski's body was found lying across the front seat of a pickup truck at Fowler and Spangler ways. He had been shot in the head and a handgun was found in the truck.

Melzer's body was found about 100 yards south of the truck on the sidewalk. He had been shot several times in the chest and back, Baltimore police said.

They said the shootings may have been drug-related because the intersection is known as an open-air drug market.

Anne Arundel police had been investigating drug dealing at Belle Grove Road and 10th Avenue in Brooklyn Park and contacted Thompson, who they knew was a suspect in the murder.

They arranged to buy drugs from him, then learned from the U.S. Marshal's Service that Thompson was staying at a home in the 900 block of Frog Mortar Road in Middle River.

The detectives watched the house. Shortly before 8 p.m., police said, Thompson left the house with a woman and two children in a 1991 Lincoln Town Car. Detectives followed him and stopped the car when it entered Anne Arundel, police said.

The detectives searched the car and found 28.7 grams of crack cocaine with a street value of nearly $3,000, police said.

Two other occupants of the car -- Thompson's mother, Renee Arlene Nelson, 41, of the Chesterfield Avenue address, and a 14-year-old Baltimore boy -- were charged with possession and conspiracy to distribute crack.

Police released the second child, a 5-year-old boy, to a relative and seized the car.

Pub Date: 12/19/97

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