Collision involving stolen car kills two people in Southeast Baltimore

Police say driver, teen burglarized Canton restaurant before crash


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July 30, 2005|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,SUN STAFF

A man and a boy suspected of stealing three plasma televisions and drawers filled with cash from a Canton restaurant sped away from police in a stolen car early yesterday and collided with another vehicle, killing its driver at a Southeast Baltimore intersection, according to police and the bar's owner.

The 15-year-old boy in the stolen car also was killed in the collision. Police said he was hit in the head with one of the televisions.

The incident began, police said, when Stephan Baughan Jr., 27, and Avon Holman, 15, broke into the Red Fish tavern in the 800 block of Montford Ave.

Shortly after the burglary, officers in a marked police car spotted the pair traveling north on Broadway in Fells Point in a BMW. The officer, who was heading south on Broadway, did a U-turn and started to follow the car, which accelerated quickly, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman.

Harris said the officer had just turned on his cruiser's flashing lights when the accident occurred at Broadway and Baltimore Street in Washington Hill.

The BMW struck a 2000 Mitsubishi Gallant driven by Denis Jurkiewicz Jr., 24, of the 200 block of S. Clinton St. in East Baltimore, Harris said. The vehicles then spun into two parked cars.

Baughan, whose last known address was in Northeast Baltimore, ran from the crumpled car and into a nearby house, where police arrested him, according to a witness.

Holman, the passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene. He lived in Northwest Baltimore.

Police said the BMW had been stolen Thursday.

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