Baltimore man is charged in arson, shooting

March 05, 2001|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

A 23-year-old North Baltimore man was being held without bail yesterday in Anne Arundel County, charged in an arson-and-shooting attack in January that left a young man dead and his grandmother critically burned.

Wayne A. Mitchell of the 1400 block of Meridene Drive was taken into custody Saturday in Baltimore and was turned over to Anne Arundel County homicide investigators. He is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree arson.

Mitchell was ordered held without bail Saturday in a hearing before a District Court commissioner in Annapolis and was taken to the county detention center on Jennifer Road. He is expected to appear in court today for a bail review hearing.

Mitchell is the second man to be charged in the attack Jan. 18 in the 400 block of Jumpers Court near Millersville. Kevin H. Bass, 23, has been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree arson. He is also being held without bail at the county detention center.

The attack occurred shortly before 3:30 a.m., beginning with a fire that investigators said was set near a rear sliding glass door, where traces of an accelerant were found.

Awakened by an alarm, members of the household fled. Andre Darnell Samuel, 26, and his mother, Janie Samuel, 46, were shot as they ran out the front door, police said.

Andre Samuel died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore a few hours after the attack. His mother was released from the trauma center after treatment. His grandmother, Rhunette J. Fisk, 64, suffered second- and third-degree burns. She was treated at the regional burn unit at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. A fourth family member escaped without injury.

Before he died, Andre Samuel identified Mitchell and Bass as the assailants, Anne Arundel County police Sgt. Vaughn Dykes said. It was not clear yesterday who shot Samuel and his mother, Dykes said.

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