Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

April 20, 2006

Man pleads guilty, gets 30 years in killing

A registered child sex offender pleaded guilty yesterday to second-degree murder in the strangulation of a 36-year-old woman whose body was discovered in a large safe at a South Baltimore company, according to city prosecutors.

Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Allen L. Schwait sentenced Oswald Victor Voigt, 49, of the 3300 block of Washington Blvd., to 30 years in prison for the murder in August of Robin Hoey, the Baltimore state's attorney's office said.

Police found Hoey's body inside the safe at Safes & Security Systems Inc., Aug. 9 after the owner of the business smelled a foul odor and saw blood coming from the safe. Hoey's body was wrapped in a plastic bag and covered by a blood-soaked blanket, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said that Voigt confessed to police nine days later.

In addition to yesterday's guilty plea, prosecutors said that Voigt is scheduled to plead guilty May 4 to assault in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. That case involves threatening his sister in her Glen Burnie home.

Pastor charged with child abuse

A pastor has been charged with repeatedly molesting a boy at the man's Odenton home, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

Enoch Hill, 28, of the 2100 block of Peaceful Way, is accused of abusing the boy, now 12, six times, beginning in the summer of 2004. The alleged encounters with Hill, a family friend, spanned six months, police said.

Hill identified himself to police as associate pastor at House of God Church on Wiltshire Lane in Essex. The church's pastor, Loretta Fowler, declined to comment.

Hill has been charged with child abuse, sex abuse of a minor, several sexual-offense counts and second-degree assault. He is being held in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on $35,000 bond.

Nia-Malika Henderson

City man, 25, fatally stabbed

A 25-year-old man was fatally stabbed early yesterday during a fight involving several men in the city's Park Heights community, police said. No arrests have been made.

Davon Curtis, of the 2600 block of Quantico Ave., was stabbed at least once in the chest during an altercation with several men about 1 a.m. in the 2600 block of Loyola Southway, less than two blocks from his home, said Officer Nicole Monroe, a city police spokeswoman.

Monroe said Curtis ran about a block to a friend's home, where a resident dialed 911. Curtis was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he died shortly before 7 a.m., Monroe said.

The killing was the city's 80th this year, compared with 72 at the same time last year, police said.

Metro Crime Stoppers, 410-276-8888, is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment.

Man sentenced in son's death

An Anne Arundel County judge has sentenced a Jessup man to 30 years in prison for beating and shaking his infant son to death.

Savoy Stanley Saunders, 27, who was found guilty of second-degree murder in February, had told police that he shook 5-month-old Jeremiah S. Saunders for one to two minutes, according to police records.

At the trial, however, Saunders said Jeremiah had fallen off the bed at the Parkway Inn, where he was staying. The child died of his injuries two days later, May 5, 2004. The state had argued that Saunders had beaten his son and his explanations for the injuries did not add up.

On Monday, Circuit Judge Ronald A. Silkworth imposed the sentence, the maximum allowed.

Anne Arundel State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee is putting together a board to review future cases of child fatalities. Five county children have been homicide victims since May 2004.

Nia-Malika Henderson

2nd arrest in birthday killing

Baltimore police said they arrested a second juvenile yesterday in the fatal shooting of a man who was holding a Sweet 16 birthday party for his daughter last week in Southwest Baltimore.

Members of the Regional Warrant Apprehension Task Force arrested Dwayne Drake, 17, yesterday at a home in the 1200 block of Wildwood Parkway, a police spokesman said. Drake, who lived in the 3400 block of Dolfield Ave., was charged as an adult with first- and second-degree murder, assault and conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the killing of Bryant C. Jones, 42, on Friday, police said. A police spokesman said Drake had "an active role" in the attack.

Police say that Jones tried to expel a teenager from the house party, in the 1000 block of N. Augusta Ave., because he was being disruptive. The youth drew a handgun and shot Jones, police say.

On Saturday, police arrested 16-year-old Jamal Charles and charged him in the killing of Jones.

Gus G. Sentementes

5 indicted in fraud scheme

Five people were indicted in a scheme to defraud the investment banking firm of Ferris, Baker Watts, Inc., federal prosecutors announced yesterday

According to the indictment, a sales associate of the firm - Tonya Tyson, 37, of Suitland - worked with four other people to take $90,000 from a customer's account Nov. 17 using documents with the customer's forged signature, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Also indicted by the federal grand jury were Anthony Okoko, 30, of Bowie; Leslie Reynolds, 60, of Bowie; Ugochukwu Onwudiegwu, 34, of Baltimore; and Hasina Horton, 31, of Columbia.

Charges against the five include wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Okoko, Onwudiegwu and Horton have been charged with money laundering.

Federal prosecutors also announced that a separate indictment was unsealed yesterday against Okoko, charging him with conspiracy to distribute large quantities of cocaine and heroin.

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