Police report arrests in recent homicides



Baltimore police are investigating several homicides that occurred in recent days and have made arrests in some of those cases, police said yesterday.

As of yesterday afternoon, 94 killings had occurred in the city, compared with 85 for the same period last year.

Police have arrested Shardae D. Coles, 19, and charged her with murder in connection with the death of 4-month-old Zion Clemmons on Sunday. Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman, said Coles had been caring for the boy in her home in the 1300 block of Harlem Ave. in West Baltimore when the infant stopped breathing. The boy died at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

An autopsy found that the boy died from blunt force trauma, Harris said. Coles has been charged with first- and second-degree murder, child abuse and assault, court records show.

Police continue to seek suspects and information from the public in connection with two other fatal shootings last week that are apparently unrelated.

About 8 a.m. Saturday, a witness found Pierre Alston, 26, in his home in the 3600 block of Edmondson Ave. in Southwest Baltimore bleeding from a gunshot wound to his forehead, police said. He was pronounced dead in his house.

On Friday night, police responding to reports of a gunshot in the 2200 block of Guilford Ave. found a 21-year-old man lying unresponsive in an alley. Kevin Hodges was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics after he suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

In the killing last week of a 64-year-old man whose dismembered body was found in Charles and Prince George's counties, police identified the victim as Donald Russell of the 1400 block of Dukeland St. in West Baltimore.

On Saturday, police interviewed a suspect in Russell's killing, Harris said.

Octavius A. Savage, 20, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder Saturday, court records show. A warrant for a second suspect has been issued, police said.


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