Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

March 07, 2006

Annapolis man, 21, charged in shooting

Annapolis police arrested yesterday a 21-year-old Annapolis man who was charged in the shooting death of Benjamin "Benjie" Philip Evans, 25, authorities said.

Derrick Lamont Brown, 21, of Dogwood Road was charged with second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault and related handgun charges, police said. Brown was also served with an outstanding warrant related to six drug offenses after cocaine was sold to an undercover police officer in November 2004. Brown was being held yesterday in lieu of a $1.75 million bond at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center.

Detectives contacted Brown via telephone yesterday morning and arranged to meet him in Annapolis, said Kevin Freeman, a police spokesman. He was taken into custody about 8:30 a.m., Freeman said. Police sent a photo and description of Brown to media outlets Saturday.

The murder charges came a week after Evans was shot in the back. Evans was visiting his girlfriend and two children, neighbors said.

Evans was sitting outside a house in the 1300 block of Tyler Road at 1 a.m. Feb. 25 when a man started shooting a semiautomatic weapon, according to charging documents filed in District Court. He confronted the shooter, saying "Man, why you shooting over here? Can't you see we are sitting here?" according to witnesses quoted in the documents. The shooter then fired at Evans and hit him in the back, police said.

Police found 13 cartridge casings on the ground, according to the documents.

Detectives did not identify witnesses by name in charging documents because the witnesses are fearful of retribution, according to the documents.

Annie Linskey

Boy faces weapons charge

A 13-year-old Carroll County boy has been charged with possession of a deadly weapon at New Windsor Middle after trying to sell a pair of brass knuckles in the school, police said yesterday.

Police were called to the school about 12:30 p.m. Friday after another pupil alerted the assistant principal, Maj. Thomas H. Long of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office said yesterday. After talking to several pupils, school officials found the brass knuckles hidden behind a file cabinet in a common area of the building, police said.

The boy was charged as a juvenile and has been released to his parents' custody, Long said. School officials said "appropriate disciplinary action was taken" against the boy and would not elaborate.

"We strictly enforce the policy for weapons on school grounds," said Carey Gaddis, school system spokeswoman.

Gaddis said she could not discuss the specific nature of the disciplinary action taken.

According to the school system's policy, posted on the district's Web site, the punishment for "students who are in possession of a weapon, other than a firearm or look-alike firearm" includes "suspension from school for four or five school days."

Gina Davis

Guilty plea in porn case

A 28-year-old Baltimore man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to trying to buy child pornography from an undercover postal inspector who was posing as a seller.

Brian C. Trimble admitted that on Feb. 17, 2004, he sent an e-mail to an undercover U.S. postal inspector in an effort to buy explicit videos of underage children, according to a statement of facts provided to the court as part of the plea agreement

"I'd be interested in male(s)/female(s) situations of ages 12-16," he wrote, according to court papers.

Trimble's e-mail was in response to an online posting by the undercover inspector. Trimble and the undercover agent exchanged e-mails, and Trimble eventually sent money to the inspector to buy the videos, according to court papers.

Trimble faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and supervised release for the rest of his life. His sentencing has been scheduled for June 9.

Matthew Dolan

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