Fugitive, tied to killing in city, is seized in Nev.

CRIME WATCH

May 18, 2006|By GUS G. SENTEMENTES

A reputed Bloods gang leader who police say is connected to the murder of a 19-year-old man last month in West Baltimore was caught by U.S. marshals in Las Vegas this week.

Baltimore police provided information to the marshals that led to the arrest Tuesday of Shaidon Blake, charged in a warrant with murder. When authorities arrested Blake, they caught him with a 9 mm Smith & Wesson handgun and 10 rounds, said Matt Jablow, a city police spokesman.

Police said Blake was one of the city's five most-wanted fugitives after investigators charged him in the April 12 killing of Terrance Randolph in the 1900 block of Division St.

Randolph was bound, beaten, stabbed and set on fire, authorities said. Police also have arrested Janet Johnson, 18, in Randolph's death.

City law enforcement officials said Blake was a high-ranking member of the Bloods, who had lived in Los Angeles until recently, and had been wanted on a warrant in a California armed robbery.

While in Baltimore this year, Blake was stopped by police, who conducted a field interview. But the man gave a false name, and a warrant check was unsuccessful, Jablow said. Blake apparently uses aliases, including Shamvoy Smith, authorities said.

City police said Blake is in custody in Las Vegas, awaiting extradition to Baltimore.

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