Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

February 07, 2006

Man dies after he is arrested in connection with robbery

A 28-year-old man allegedly fleeing in a car after an electronics store robbery yesterday evening ran into a Baltimore police detective's unmarked car, then complained of a breathing problem after being arrested and died, authorities said.

The man, whose name was withheld, died at Sinai Hospital, said Donny Moses, a city police spokesman.

Officers responded to the Radio Shack store at Reisterstown Road and Fords Lane in Northwest Baltimore about 5:50 p.m. after reports of an armed robbery. The manager said a man brandishing a gun had reached into the cash register and taken money, police said.

The manager and another employee chased the man, caught him, "and a physical altercation ensued," Moses said.

The man then fled in an Infiniti, and a short time later, at Nome and Newton avenues, rear-ended a police detective's unmarked car, causing minor damage.

The man began to complain of shortness of breath and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. The cause of his death had not been determined last night.

Police said they recovered the weapon - a toy gun - and an unknown amount of money.

Nicole Fuller

Man's body found in Arundel

A body was discovered yesterday morning in the 1800 block of Long Leaf Way in Severn, Anne Arundel County police said. The death has been classified as suspicious because of signs of trauma to the body, police said.

Police responded to a call regarding the body at 7:35 a.m. Police said the body was that of an unidentified man.

Residents reported hearing gunshots about 1:30 a.m. yesterday. Officers responded but did not find anything unusual.

Homicide detectives are investigating.

Annie Linskey and Andrea F. Siegel

Inmate stabbed in prison

A 30-year-old inmate was hospitalized yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being stabbed at the Maryland House of Correction Annex in Jessup - a prison in which the population largely consists of convicted killers.

The victim, who suffered multiple wounds, was attacked about 1:25 p.m. while returning to his housing unit after lunch, according to state prisons spokesman Mark A. Vernarelli. Two weapons were recovered, and two "possible suspects" have been identified, he said.

A team of detectives was assigned to investigate the attack at the annex, where "roughly 74 percent of the population is convicted of murder charges," Vernarelli said.

The name of the wounded inmate was not released, and his condition could not be ascertained last night.

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