Crime Watch


August 29, 2006

Death of woman found in alley called homicide

Baltimore police said yesterday that they are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found Friday afternoon in an alley as a homicide after an autopsy determined that she had been shot.

Southeastern District officers found the woman lying behind a home in the 2500 block of Jefferson St. in East Baltimore. Paramedics pronounced the woman dead at the scene at 4:52 p.m.

The state medical examiner's office determined that the woman died of a bullet to the chest, a police spokeswoman said. Police found a handbag at the scene containing mail in the names of various people but have not yet identified the woman, the spokeswoman said.

The city has recorded 178 homicides this year, compared with 183 in the corresponding period last year.

Gus G. Sentementes

Man gets 5 years in drug case

A man who slipped out of Howard County General Hospital last month after a police officer saved him from drowning after a chase was sentenced yesterday to five years in prison for violating his probation in an unrelated drug case.

Howard County Circuit Judge Lenore R. Gelfman handed down the severe punishment to Joaquin Deshaun Leycock, 29, of Columbia for failing to report to his probation agent between June 2004 and May 2006, failing to show up for urinalysis and failing to notify the agent of a change of address. The 2000 charges involved drug distribution and traffic violations.

Leycock was pulled over by police July 6, and the officer spotted what appeared to be cocaine in Leycock's car. Leycock fled, fell into a pond and nearly drowned. The officer pulled him out of the water.

Howard County police decided not to guard Leycock, who he had faced numerous drug, theft and assault charges in Howard County since 1996, according to court records, around the clock at the hospital. He walked out of the hospital July 9 with a $6,000 heart monitor. A tip led to his arrest July 26 in Baltimore.

Melissa Harris

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