Sixth suspect is sought in double-murder case

Balto. Co. police have arrest warrant for man, 18, in Owings Mills crime


Baltimore County police said today they have an arrest warrant for an 18-year-old male suspect in a double homicide last month at an Owings Mills apartment.

Karl Maurice Sowers -- also known as "Six," according to authorities -- is wanted in the Oct. 1 shooting deaths of Howard Thacker Jr., 35, and his 17-year-old nephew, Dante Rodney Thacker.

The bodies of the Thackers were found in their apartment in the 100 block of Village Mill Court after an apparent robbery, according to police. Sowers is the sixth suspect charged in the murder investigation.

Police said detectives connected Sowers to the five other arrests in the case. Brian Bartee, 18, of the 9300 block of Leigh Choice Court in Owings Mills; Kion Coulter, 26, of the first block of Rocky Brook Court in Woodlawn; and Marcus Pettiford, 19, of the first block of Sesame Court in Reisterstown were arrested earlier this month and charged with first-degree murder.

In October, police arrested Hakim Jordan-El, 20, of the 4000 block of Amy Lane in Randallstown and Christopher Rojuan Giles, 18, of the first block of Bannock Court in Randallstown. At the time, authorities said Jordan-El and Giles were linked to the crime by fingerprints discovered during the investigation.

Authorities describe Sowers as black, 6 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 175 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. His last known address is in the 200 block of Caraway Road.

Anyone with information on Sowers is urged to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP (1-866-756-2587). Those calling Metro Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and might be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Originally published November 29, 2005, 12:05 PM EST

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