Crime Watch


Baltimore & Region

November 24, 2005|By RICHARD IRWIN

Man believed abducted is found dead in van

A Harford County man believed kidnapped Monday afternoon was found dead early yesterday in his minivan, hours after his family had reported dropping off thousands of dollars in ransom money, police said.

Shortly before 5 a.m., a resident of the 5100 block of McFaul Road in the Holland Hills section of Rosedale, near Interstate 95, called police to report that a green 1996 Chrysler Town & Country minivan fitting the description of the missing man's vehicle was parked on his street. The tipster told police he recognized the vehicle from media reports.

Responding officers opened the van and found the body later identified as that of Jeryl Anthony Singleterry, 26, of Edgewood. He had a gunshot wound to the upper torso, police said.

An autopsy was expected to determine how long Singleterry had been dead, police said.

Singleterry was last seen alive about 5 p.m. Monday when he left his grandmother's house on East Hoffman Street, near Greenmount Avenue, in Baltimore and drove away in his minivan, police said.

Several times Monday night, Singleterry and a man who may have been his kidnapper contacted family members and gave them instructions about where to drop off ransom money that amounted to at least $10,000, police said.

The money was picked up that night from an undisclosed location in southeastern Baltimore County. But when Singleterry failed to arrive home or contact his family, relatives reported him missing Tuesday afternoon, police said.

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

Robber from Cecil County might have struck in Pa.

Police believe a woman suspected of robbing five stores in Cecil County has struck again, this time in Pennsylvania, the Cecil Whig reported. A woman matching her description held up a Sunoco gas station Saturday just over the state line in Kemblesville, Pa., state police said.

She entered the store about 9:50 p.m. claiming to have a handgun and demanded cash. Police said she fled after receiving $52. The woman also is suspected in another robbery in Pennsylvania and one in Delaware.

2 in adjacent houses fatally shot

Two men were fatally shot last night in adjacent rowhouses on a street near Westside Shopping Center in Southwest Baltimore, city police reported.

About 8 p.m., Southwestern District officers investigating a reported shooting on Furrow Street, near the western end of Pratt Street at Frederick Avenue, found the victims in 213 and 215 Furrow, each suffering from gunshot wounds.

The men - whose names were withheld - died a short time later, one at Bon Secours Hospital, the other at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

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