Arrest made in city killing

Suspect attempted to flee standoff dressed as a woman

`Definitely a first'

Connection to death of Va. banker also under investigation

July 15, 2000|By Lynn Anderson and Tim Craig | Lynn Anderson and Tim Craig,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore man who put on a green dress, red high heels and a straw hat in an effort to elude police was arrested yesterday in connection with one homicide in the city and is a suspect in the killing of a prominent Virginia banker.

Deon Carter, 19, of the 1500 block of Mountmor Court, was arrested about 1 p.m. yesterday in the 700 block of W. Fayette St., after an hourlong standoff that drove neighbors from their homes.

Eager for news of Carter's arrest were residents of the northern Virginia hamlet of Kinsale, where about 600 mourners turned out Thursday for the funeral of Frank M. Bailey Jr.

Bailey, 46, was found shot in the back of the head July 8 in a field of freshly cut barley not far from his 19th-century farmhouse. That day, Baltimore police found Bailey's 1995 Nissan Altima in the city.

"Kinsale is a very nice little town," said Westmoreland County Sheriff C. W. "Buddy" Jackson. "This is so sad and so uncharacteristic of the area. This is our second murder this year. We go some years without a single murder."

Baltimore police also charged Carter yesterday with the killing of 33-year-old Sean Powell of Ashburton. Powell died June 30 from a bullet wound to the head.

Police were attempting to serve Carter with an arrest warrant in connection with Powell's murder about noon yesterday when the suspect spotted them as he was about to enter his sister's West Fayette Street rowhouse.

Carter allegedly barricaded the front door as members of the regional Warrant Apprehension Task Force - a newly formed team that includes 75 law enforcement officers from five area police departments, the Maryland State Police, the FBI and the U.S. Marshal's Office - surrounded the row house.

During the standoff, police said, Carter cut a 16-inch-by-19-inch hole through a wall in the house, crawled through the hole into the adjoining row house, which was empty. He then dressed in woman's clothes as dozens of officers waited outside, police said.

Eventually, Carter left the second rowhouse, dressed as a woman. But police had anticipated the escape attempt after hearing the noise of the hole being cut in the wall.

They arrested the suspect immediately.

"It was wild - this was definitely a first," said Maj. Steve McMahon, commander of the police department's Central District.

As officers arrested Carter, the suspect commended them for their professionalism, saying they "looked pretty good and did a good job," according to McMahon.

Court records show that in August 1998, Carter was indicted on armed robbery charges, but prosecutors decided not to take the case to trial. Court documents also indicate that in December 1997, Carter was charged with first-degree murder, but that the charges were dropped.

Westmoreland County sheriff's deputies recovered videotape of a man using Bailey's bank card, which had been stolen with his wallet, according to investigators. They said a deputy was in Baltimore yesterday searching for Carter.

In Kinsale, Elizabeth Headley recalled her brother's love of family genealogy.

"He was the historian of the family; he knew it all like the back of his hand," said Headley, who lives in a 200-year old house that Bailey renovated.

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