Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

Baltimore & Region

September 27, 2005|by a sun reporter

Police investigating death of woman in tub

Baltimore County homicide detectives are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a bathtub by firefighters extinguishing a fire Sunday night in her Overlea apartment, authorities said yesterday.

Evidence at the scene in the first block of Mopec Circle in the Taylor Park Apartments prompted investigators to label the fire "suspicious," said Sgt. Vickie Warehime, a Baltimore County police spokeswoman. She said investigators were seeking yesterday to verify the victim's identity.

The woman's body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy. Warehime would not say whether the woman was clothed when her body was found, or whether there were signs of forced entry at the second-floor apartment.

Also yesterday, police announced that an arrest had been made in the stabbing death of 63-year-old Evelyn Amereihn, whose badly burned body was found Sept. 18 in her Dundalk rowhouse. Geremiah Johnson, 22, was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree murder and first-degree arson, police said.

William Clark Mitchell, 22, had been standing outside the rowhouse with Amereihn's 16-year-old granddaughter when another man came running out the front door and stabbed him, police said. Based on information from witnesses and officers from the county police's North Point precinct, homicide detectives identified Johnson as a suspect, and he was arrested Friday after officers spotted him in the 2800 block of Yorkway in Dundalk.

Johnson, whose last known address is in the 2900 block of Cornwall Road in Dundalk, also is charged with second-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault, police said. Police said investigators had not established a motive in the case.

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Victims of two killings identified

Police identified yesterday the victims of two weekend killings hours apart -- a 21-year-old man shot early Sunday in Northwest Baltimore, and a 33-year-old stabbed Saturday night on the city's west side.

Officers found Darrius J. Brown of the 5200 block of Norwood Ave. lying on a sidewalk about 1 a.m. Sunday with multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body. He was pronounced dead at Sinai Hospital at 3:15 a.m., said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman. Witnesses told police that a man approached Brown in the 5400 block of Reisterstown Road and shot him several times. The victim ran and collapsed in the 4100 block of Newbern Ave., Moses said.

In the other slaying, a couple driving in the 2300 block of Division St. observed a man lying in the street about 10 p.m. Saturday and called police.

The man, identified as Anthony McCray of the 1600 block of McCulloh St., was pronounced dead about 30 minutes later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center from at least one stab wound to the upper body, police said.

Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering rewards of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest or indictment in the slayings.

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