News from around the Baltimore region

August 10, 2005


Man on watch list to stay in custody until transfer

A Pakistani man whose name is listed in a terrorism-related database will remain in custody until his transfer to New York, a federal court judge in Baltimore ruled yesterday.

Muhammad Asif Haider, 27, of New York City was arrested Sunday on immigration fraud charges after a traffic stop in Baltimore County. Yesterday in U.S. District Court, his defense attorney, assistant federal public defender Jeffrey E. Risberg, did not object to prosecutors' request to hold Haider until he appears in court in New York, where the charges against him were filed.

Wearing a white shirt adorned with Asian language characters and a pencil-thin beard, Haider also did not contest that he is the man in the New York indictment, telling Magistrate District Judge Paul W. Grimm: "My name is Muhammad Asif Haider."

Haider's arrest marked the second time in less than a week that federal authorities have detained suspects from the Baltimore area as part of their anti-terrorism efforts. Last week, a West Baltimore man was charged with conspiring to help the armed wing of a Pakistan-based religious organization labeled a terrorist group by the U.S. government.

Law enforcement officials said the two cases appear to be unrelated.

Lawyers in the Haider case declined to say yesterday why his name appeared on the list, which some have described as a terrorism watch list.

- Matthew Dolan


An unidentified body is found wrapped in blanket in a safe

The body of an unidentified person was found tightly wrapped in a blanket inside a closed - but unlocked - safe yesterday evening at a security sales firm in an industrial area of South Baltimore, city police said.

The death was being investigated as suspicious, as police await the results of an autopsy today at the state medical examiner's office.

Police said the owner of Safes & Security Systems in the 3100 block of Lorena Ave. entered the building about 6:30 p.m., noticed a foul odor and what appeared to be blood in front of the 5-foot-high safe and called police.

The bizarre bundle was taken, intact, to the medical examiner's office - so police were unable to describe the body, or even say what gender it was. "The blanket won't be opened until this morning at the medical examiner's office so no evidence will be destroyed or contaminated," said homicide Detective Martin Young.

Detectives also are investigating the shooting of a 26-year-old man found dead early yesterday in his West Baltimore apartment, city police said.

Western District officers responding to an anonymous 911 call about 4:15 a.m. at the Warwick Arms Apartments in the 2400 block of Winchester St. found the body of Donnie L. Foster in a hallway. He had been shot several times, police said.

Evidence indicated that Foster was shot in his bedroom, staggered toward another bedroom and collapsed in the hall, police said.

Metro Crime Stoppers, at 866-7-LOCKUP, is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest or indictment.

- Richard Irwin


Man found guilty of murder in January double shooting

A Baltimore man was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder yesterday in what police described as a robbery that escalated into an execution-style double killing.

Antoine Edward Adams, 32, of the 500 block of N. Patterson Park Ave. will be sentenced by Baltimore Circuit Judge John M. Glynn on Oct. 25 and faces a possible life sentence without parole.

Adams was found guilty in the deaths of Theresa Moore, 51, and Michael Joseph Mick, 40, who were fatally shot inside their home in the 800 block of N. Bradford St. on Jan. 20, an especially violent day in which there were five homicides in the city.

A break in the case came a few days later when patrol officers stopped Adams and another man - Richard Alexander Damon Jr., 35 - after two other men had been robbed of $85, police said.

When Adams raised his hands, officers saw a gun handle protruding from his waist. Using the .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol, a shell casing and a witness, police say they linked Adams and Damon to the double shootings.

Damon is being held pending trial for his alleged role in the killings. The trial is expected to begin next week, prosecutors said.

Adams and Damon have also been charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery and conspiracy in the Jan. 14 shooting death of Justin Michael Gaglione, 29.

- William Wan


Ex-nursing assistant guilty of assault in spitting incident

A former nursing assistant was convicted of second-degree assault Monday after spitting on a 98-year-old resident of a Baltimore County nursing home last year, the state attorney general's office said yesterday.

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