City police arrest homicide suspect

Officials say he ignored home monitoring order

October 30, 2004|By Ryan Davis | Ryan Davis,SUN STAFF

Police announced yesterday that they have arrested the homicide suspect whose disappearance helped initiate scrutiny of an apparent hole in the criminal justice system.

Dennis Bowers, 19, of the 2500 block of Lauretta Ave. was arrested Thursday night in West Baltimore after a Ford Taurus in which he was riding ran a stop sign, police said.

Bowers, who police say disregarded a judge's order to be on home monitoring, is accused of taking part in the killing of Kareem Hanks on Sept. 28.

Police have arrested another man, Kevin Dorsey, in connection with the killing. Like Bowers, Dorsey was supposed to be on home monitoring at the time of Hanks' killing.

Bowers and Dorsey - both of whom were facing charges on serious offenses - failed to report for the monitoring and neither the judge who had ordered the monitoring nor prosecutors were aware that the men had not done so.

This lapse in the criminal justice system prompted an inquiry into the private home monitoring program and raised questions about the oversight of suspects' registration. A legislative committee seeking to reform the process held hearings Tuesday in Annapolis.

Bowers was arrested Thursday after the driver of the vehicle he was in failed to stop and police boxed in the car. As officers approached, they noticed of movement inside the vehicle, said Lt. Dean Palmere of the organized crime unit.

Palmere said officers found a revolver and small amounts of heroin and marijuana in the car. Six people in the vehicle were arrested, including Bowers.

The officers who arrested Bowers are part of the recently formed gun squad within the department's organized crime division, police said. They were deployed to stop recent violence in the vicinity of the 1900 block of Harlem Ave., where the car was spotted.

On Sept. 10, a judge reduced the bail for Bowers and Dorsey. As a precaution, the judge ordered the two to enter home monitoring upon posting bail.

Bowers, who had been facing handgun charges when he made bail, was released from Central Booking and Intake Center on Sept. 14. Dorsey, who had been charged with attempted murder, was released Sept. 18.

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