Woman set on fire at home in March dies

Two other homicides occur in city since Friday

May 18, 2004|By Ryan Davis | Ryan Davis,SUN STAFF

A 43-year-old woman who police say was set on fire by her boyfriend in early March died over the weekend.

The death of Charlene Banks on Sunday at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center was one of two weekend homicides reported by city police.

Also, the death of a Cecil County woman whose body was found Friday afternoon in bushes near Carroll Park was ruled a homicide.

Banks was doused with rubbing alcohol and set on fire March 4 at her home in the 300 block of N. Stricker St., police said.

Police said James Irving Buie, 42, who lived with Banks and was injured in the fire, was arrested and charged with attempted murder in March. He has been held since then at Central Booking and Intake Center, police said.

Charges against Buie also included first-degree arson and assault and reckless endangerment, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

Shooting victim

The shooting victim was identified as Shawn Barnes, 19, of the 500 block of N. Streeper St.

Barnes was walking in East Baltimore early Saturday when two men approached. One of the men pulled a gun and shot Barnes in the left side, right shoulder and an arm, police said.

Officers responding to a call reporting gunshots in the 700 block of N. Kenwood Ave. found Barnes unconscious on the sidewalk.

He died later in the day at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Yesterday, police identified the woman found dead in bushes off the 600 block of S. Payson St. near Carroll Park as Sarah Nicole Britt, 19, of the first block of Twin Circle in Port Deposit.

Numerous injuries

Detective Corey Alston said Britt's body bore numerous injuries, but he declined to describe them.

Alston said Britt had family in Port Deposit, and that she frequented the Carroll Park area.

The three deaths bring to 98 the number of homicides in Baltimore this year, compared with 105 at this time last year.

Sun staff writer Richard Irwin contributed to this article.

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