Fugitive, 17, sought in 2 deaths is caught at housing complex

February 03, 2002|By Tanika White | Tanika White,SUN STAFF

Baltimore's "most wanted" fugitive was captured early yesterday, hiding out in an apartment in the 1100 block of Orleans St., police said.

Tyrone Beane, 17, was arrested at 1 a.m. in the Douglass Homes public housing complex.

Beane, known by the nickname "Moochie," has been charged in the shooting death Jan. 17 of Taharka McCoy, 25, and the killing July 25 of Christopher Smith, 17. Both victims lived in Baltimore.

Police had a warrant for Beane's arrest for about two weeks, said Detective Frank Miller. An anonymous tip led them to Beane Saturday morning.

"We should have gotten him the first day," Miller said.

Police officials had deemed Beane the department's No. 1 wanted suspect because he was the only person in Baltimore wanted in two separate homicides.

Miller said police knew of no motives for the killings.

Beane, of the 700 block of Wharton Court in East Baltimore, has been arrested and charged several times as an adult, including charges of assault, illegal handgun possession and drug violations.

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