5 with city police honored for roles in sniper case

April 03, 2003|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

Five members of the Baltimore Police Department were honored yesterday by police officials and the U.S. Marshal's Service for their role in helping to identify and track down the two suspects in Washington-area sniper shootings last fall.

The officers and communications workers received a unit citation and a commendation from the U.S. Marshal's Service during a ceremony yesterday at city police headquarters. U.S. Marshal for Maryland Johnny L. Hughes said the efforts were critical in helping track down suspects Lee Boyd Malvo and John Allen Muhammad.

Baltimore police Officers James B. Snyder and Michael V. Vaughn were honored for spotting Muhammad in a parked car in North Baltimore on Oct. 8 - in the midst of the sniper attacks. They ran the license tags of the car and questioned its occupant, Muhammad, but let him go after nothing suspicious turned up in the records check.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in Thursday's editions about an awards ceremony at Baltimore police headquarters misspelled the name of programmer Sheila D. Crocetti. The Sun regrets the error.

Dispatcher Derrick A. Evans, computer programmer Sheila D. Corcetti, Officer Debra A. Kirk and Sgt. Douglas Womack were recognized for entering the data into national computers and later recovering information about Muhammad's car from communications tapes after officials began a nationwide search for the suspects two weeks later. The information was instrumental in quickly arresting the pair.

Commissioner Kevin P. Clark and top commanders handed out another dozen unit citations for good work. Those honored were: the personnel department; the Regional Auto Theft Task Force; the Warrant Apprehension Task Force; the construction and repair unit; the narcotics unit for drug investigations in 2000 and 2001; the police academy; the B and C patrol shifts of the Northwestern District; the criminal investigation units and warrant units of the Northeastern District; the plainclothes units of the Northern District; and the canine unit.

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