Crime Watch


August 22, 2006

Woman found dead is identified by police

A 63-year-old woman found slain over the weekend in her West Baltimore rowhouse was identified yesterday by city police as a Walters Art Museum security guard.

A member of the museum security staff asked the police to check on the well-being of Mary Page after she failed to show up at work for at least a day. She was found dead shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday in her home in the 200 block of N. Culver St.

The cause of death was not made public, but police said the death is being investigated as a homicide. There was no evidence of forced entry to the house, and no indication that any property was missing, police said.

Police also reported another killing early yesterday - the victim an unidentified man found dead at the steering wheel of a car in a Northwest Baltimore alley.

Shortly after 5 a.m., Northwestern District officers responding to an anonymous 911 call found the man dead, with at least one gunshot wound to the head, in a gold-colored Acura Legend in the alley behind the 3700 block of Beehler Ave., said Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman. The car had struck a utility pole, its engine was off, and the vehicle was in neutral, she said.

Police said the man appeared to be in his mid-30s, and authorities were expecting to identify him through fingerprints.

Richard Irwin

Man sought in beating death

A man known to frequent motels in East Baltimore is being sought in the Aug. 9 beating death of a man whose bloodied body was found sprawled on the exterior stairway of a motel in the 3600 block of Pulaski Highway, police said yesterday.

Charged in a warrant with first-degree murder is Darryl Cook Jr., 23, whose last known address was in the 2200 block of Wilkens Ave., said Detective Kevin Buie of the Regional Warrant Apprehension Task Force.

Cook, also known as Donnell Williams, is accused of killing Cecil Saunders, 28, at the Executive Inn Motel. A motive was unknown.

Metro Crime Stoppers, 410-276-8888, is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to Cook's arrest.

Man indicted in 1983 killing

A 54-year-old man was indicted yesterday by a Baltimore grand jury in a 1983 killing that had lingered in city police records for more than two decades as a death of "undetermined" cause.

The suspect, Dennis James Wallace of the 3400 block of Leverton Ave., was accused of the July 1983 killing of William N. Gibson, 57, who was found dead in an apartment in the 2200 block of E. Pratt St. Police officials have called it an unusual case because the victim's decomposed body was found stuffed in a trash can, placed in a closet that was tied shut with rope and had a mattress leaning against it.

The case lingered as a pending-death investigation until last year, when cold-case detectives reopened the matter and tracked down Wallace, who police say was a roommate and lover of Gibson's. After being pressed for details, Wallace confessed that the killing occurred during a night of drinking, police said.

Wallace is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 13.

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