Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

May 26, 2006

Man accused of trying to cause gas explosion

A man being evicted from his Cherry Hill rowhouse was arrested yesterday after he was accused of disconnecting a gas line behind a stove, lighting a candle and fleeing, a spokesman for the city sheriff's office said.

An eviction crew and two sheriff's deputies arrived at the home in the 2700 block of Round Road about 10:30 a.m. with mortgage foreclosure papers, but the man refused to accept them and retreated into the house, said Sgt. Sam Cogen of the sheriff's office.

When an odor of leaking gas filled the house, BGE was notified and several nearby homes were evacuated until utility workers shut off the line and the gas dissipated, Cogen said.

Arrested near the scene and charged with reckless endangerment and manufacturing an explosive device was the home's evicted occupant, Robert Spencer Hill, 48, authorities said.

Richard Irwin

Man found fatally shot

A man thought to be in his 30s was found fatally shot last night in Northeast Baltimore's Perring Loch neighborhood, city police said.

Northeastern District officers responding to a reported shooting shortly after 9 p.m. found the victim in the 2000 block of Woodbourne Ave., near Perring Parkway, bleeding from a bullet wound to the head, police said.

The man, whose name was withheld pending notification of relatives, died a short time later at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

Investigators had no suspect and knew of no motive. Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 leading to an arrest and indictment.

Richard Irwin

Driver sought in fatal hit-run

City police are seeking the public's help in identifying and finding the male driver of a car involved in a hit-and-run accident Saturday night that claimed the life of a 2-year-old West Baltimore girl.

Taemier Forrester of the 2200 block of W. Fayette St. was walking with her mother in the 2300 block of Lauretta Ave. about 9 p.m. when she darted into the street and was struck by a burgundy-colored automobile, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

Taemier died Sunday at University of Maryland Medical Center, Moses said.

Anyone with information about the driver or the location of the car is urged to call the city police traffic investigation section at 410-396-2606.

Richard Irwin

Teen escapee is recaptured

A 15-year-old Baltimore boy escaped Wednesday night from the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center, was bitten by a police dog as he tried to flee and was recaptured a short time later, authorities said.

The youth, who had been at the facility since May 3 for violating his probation stemming from a drug charge, was treated at the center for a dog bite and scratches, said Edward Hopkins, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services.

The youth was being escorted back to his housing pod along with other inmates after their recreation time when he slipped away about 8:15 p.m., Hopkins said.

According to video surveillance cameras in the juvenile jail, the inmates, after leaving the recreation area, were taken to a hygiene area that employees generally do not enter, Hopkins said.

The youth managed to slip away, return to the recreation area, climb onto the roof and reach the street. Members of the jail staff began a foot pursuit with assistance from police, and the boy was caught at Greenmount Avenue and Madison Street about 8:45 p.m., Hopkins said.

Nicole Fuller

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