Police charge boy, 15, in Park Heights killing

CRIME WATCH

September 09, 2006|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,Sun reporter

City police detectives arrested a 15-year-old boy yesterday who had been wanted in the killing of a man in the city's Park Heights neighborhood this week, authorities said.

The arrest came as police continue to investigate a spate of seven homicides in Northwest Baltimore since Aug. 6.

The teenager who was arrested yesterday -- Zachary James of the 4000 block of Towanda Ave. -- was charged as an adult with first-degree murder and handgun violations, police said.

Police accused him of fatally shooting Michael D. Freeman, 32, in front of his home in the 3400 block of Park Heights Ave. on Monday.

Freeman was shot once in the torso about 11:30 a.m. He was transported to Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead 45 minutes later, authorities said.

Lt. Terry McLarney, a homicide detective, said investigators arrested the boy without incident yesterday morning.

Police found him in a friend's apartment in the 5600 block of Burtis Ave. in Northwest Baltimore, where he was alone, the detective said.

McLarney said that investigators determined that the boy and the victim were arguing just before the shooting, but that he could not discuss a motive in the killing.

He said that police continue to investigate the other recent shootings and homicides in the district.

gus.sentementes@baltsun.com

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