Man charged with killing deli owner

October 10, 2003|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,SUN STAFF

Howard County police charged a Baltimore man yesterday with first-degree murder in the robbery and fatal shooting of a Jessup deli owner who was returning Wednesday morning from a bank and holding a bag containing $125,000.

A second suspect was hospitalized after being shot by a Baltimore County police officer after a chase that ended with an auto crash in Baltimore.

Police found the money bag - containing the amount of cash reported missing and bank deposit slips with the deli's name - and two handguns in the car, charging documents show.

Howard police charged Walter J. Blannon, 38, of the 1600 block of N. Calvert St. in Baltimore with first- and second-degree murder and armed robbery, assault and theft, the documents say.

The slaying of Kwang Jun Kim, 53, owner of the Jessup Plaza Deli & Convenience store and a Presbyterian church deacon, was Howard County's seventh homicide this year, equaling the total for last year.

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