Harford man charged with robbery, murder

Arthur D. Shipe arrested after high-speed chase

April 16, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Police arrested a man wanted in connection with a killing after a robbery at a Churchville gas station and a high-speed chase late Sunday night.

Arthur D. Shipe, 39, of the 300 block of Franklin St. in Bel Air, was arrested about 10:55 p.m. Sunday in Havre de Grace by sheriff's deputies and Havre de Grace police, according to Lt. Ed Hopkins, sheriff's office spokesman.

A sheriff's deputy patrolling Sunday night saw a man run from a Crown gas station in the 2900 block of Churchville Road shortly before 10:30 p.m. and drive away in a car that had been parked nearby, Hopkins said.

The deputy pursued the car east on Route 155 into Havre de Grace, where the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed near Route 155 and Juniata Street, Hopkins said.

The driver, identified by police as Shipe, was treated for minor injuries at Harford Memorial Hospital.

Officers recovered a silver handgun and cash from the car, Hopkins said.

Shipe is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and first-degree assault in the killing of Brandon S. Wallace, 19, of the 900 block of Cheswold Court in Bel Air, Hopkins said. Wallace's body was discovered at a motel in Edgewood last weekend.

Shipe also is charged with armed robbery in connection with the Crown gas station incident, Hopkins said.

He is being held without bail at the Harford County Detention Center.

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