Crime Watch


August 02, 2006

Three men are shot, two of them fatally

Three men were shot, two of them fatally, in two apparently unrelated incidents early yesterday in Baltimore, city police reported.

The latest reported killing occurred about 5:30 a.m. when two 19-year-old men were shot in the 400 block of N. Chester St. in the city's Middle East neighborhood, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

Moses said Davon Hines of the 2300 block of E. Madison St. died less than an hour later at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where the other victim - whose name was withheld as a witness - was treated and released.

Shortly after 3 a.m. in Cherry Hill, Southern District officers responding to shots fired in the 800 block of Bethune Road found Darron Gaines, 33, of the 3000 block of Southland Ave. at a playground, Moses said. Gaines died about 30 minutes later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

No arrests had been made, and police were without motives, he said. Metro Crime Stoppers, 410-276-8888, is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in either killing.

Richard Irwin

Man accused of sex abuse

A North Carolina man, arrested recently on charges of raping and sexually abusing a teenage girl in Carroll County more than four years ago, is being held at the county's detention center on $100,000 bond, state police said.

Martin Rocha-Garcia, 37, of Greensboro, was arrested in Charlotte on July 13 and brought to Carroll County yesterday, said Trooper Eric Workman of the Westminster barracks.

A warrant for Rocha-Garcia's arrest came up when he tried to apply for a North Carolina driver's license, said David P. Daggett, Carroll deputy state's attorney.

Rocha-Garcia, formerly of Sykesville, is charged with second-degree rape, second-, third- and fourth-degree sex offense, perverted practice, child abuse and second-degree assault, according to court documents. If convicted on all charges, he faces a maximum penalty of 86 years in prison.

The accuser, then 13, and the suspect knew each other, according to police. She told police he raped her at a motel in November 2001, and repeatedly had sexual intercourse with her at his Sykesville apartment, most recently in April 2002, according to court documents. Rocha-Garcia fled Carroll County once charges were filed, Daggett said.

Laura McCandlish

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