Crime Watch

Baltimore & Region

September 20, 2005

Police identify woman found dead in fire

Police identified yesterday the woman whose badly burned body was found in a Dundalk rowhouse early Sunday, and said that her death has been ruled a homicide. Evelyn Amereihn, 63, was one of two victims in an incident that also left William Clark Mitchell, 22, suffering from a slash wound to the neck, police said.

Officers were called to Amereihn's home in the 7200 block of Holabird Ave. about 3 a.m. for a reported stabbing. They did not initially find a stabbing victim but saw smoke and flames coming from the home, said Bill Toohey, a police spokesman. The fire was ruled an arson.

Toohey said Mitchell and Amereihn's 16-year-old granddaughter were outside the rowhouse when a man came running out the front door, stabbed Mitchell and fled. Mitchell was listed in good condition at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center yesterday.

Baltimore: Druid Hill Park

Masked gunman robs zoo shop

A man wearing a bird mask and armed with a handgun robbed the gift shop at the Maryland Zoo of Baltimore of an undisclosed sum of money yesterday afternoon after pistol-whipping one employee and tying up all three who were on duty, city police said. The shop was closed when the gunman entered about 4:15 p.m., threatened the employees and demanded money. After taking the cash, the man fled on foot. Police said the bound employees - all women - were discovered about 15 minutes later. Police said the employee who was struck was treated for minor injuries at an area hospital, and another was treated at the scene for a minor injury. Anyone with information about the robbery was urged to call the police department's Northern District robbery squad at 410-396-2455.

Richard Irwin

East side

13-year sentence for man's death

A woman who pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing her boyfriend last year in East Baltimore has been sentenced to 13 years in prison, the city state's attorney's office announced. During Friday's sentencing hearing, Circuit Judge John M. Glynn suspended all but five years, prosecutors said. Felicia Hayes, 19, pleaded guilty March 9 to manslaughter and use of a deadly weapon in the death of Christopher Wynn, 21. Police said the couple had argued in their apartment in the 6000 block of Amberwood Road before the stabbing Oct. 14, 2004.

West side

Woman guilty of stabbing man

A city Circuit Court jury deliberated for five hours before convicting a 26-year-old woman yesterday of manslaughter and carrying a concealed deadly weapon in the fatal stabbing of a man in West Baltimore in 2003, according to city prosecutors. Torri Fatherly of the 1100 block of Woodyear St. is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Sylvester Cox on Nov. 9. She could face a maximum sentence of 13 years in prison. Fatherly was charged in the July 12, 2003, killing of Kevin Blackston, 20, in the 1600 block of W. North Ave. Judge John P. Miller sent the case back to trial Sept. 2, 2004, after Fatherly withdrew her guilty plea to manslaughter.

Baltimore County: Overlea

Man observed watching kids

Baltimore County police are asking residents to be on the alert for a man who they say has been seen watching children near a school bus stop in the Overlea area. The man, who was driving a dark gray Chevrolet pickup, is white, in his 30s and approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds. He was seen in the vicinity of a Parkville Middle School bus stop at Linden and Maple avenues. If residents encounter the man, they should not approach him but should take note of such things as what he looks like, the license tag on his vehicle and his direction of travel, and call 911 with the information, police said.

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