Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

October 05, 2006

Two men fatally shot in separate incidents yesterday in the city

An unidentified man was fatally shot yesterday afternoon outside a Brooklyn apartment building, and another died last night in a double shooting on the east side, city police reported.

Southern District officers responding to a report that a man had been shot in the 1000 block of Bristol Place about 12:30 p.m. found the victim lying in nearby woods bleeding from multiple wounds, police said.

The man, who appeared to be in his mid-20s and had no identification, was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He died about an hour later, police said.

The double shooting occurred shortly before 10 p.m. in the 1200 block of N. Luzerne Ave. The victims - two men - were each shot in the upper body and taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital where one died about an hour later and the other was in critical condition, police 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

Marijuana seized; 2 arrested

More than 25 pounds of marijuana was seized and two people arrested yesterday morning as law enforcement officers conducted an investigation of a Laurel apartment.

Officers saw two people leave the apartment in the 9100 block of Bourbon St. and get into a pickup truck with a large cardboard box. Officers stopped the truck and conducted a police-dog search, which uncovered more than $30,000 worth of marijuana in the box, $14,000 in money orders and $750 in cash. Seized in the apartment were a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun and a rifle, both loaded.

Sherrell Goring, 36, of the Bourbon Street address, and Mark David Joseph, 33, of Frederiksted, Virgin Islands, were charged with possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Both were being held at the Howard County Detention Center in Jessup.

John-John Williams IV

Ordering a hit draws sentence

A New Jersey drug dealer who arranged for the shooting of a witness who cooperated with authorities will spend more than 13 years in prison, a federal judge in Baltimore ruled yesterday.

Fred Caruso, 31, of Clifton, N.J., had earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute ecstasy, conspiracy to retaliate against a witness, conspiracy to distribute ketamine and conspiracy to commit kidnapping.

According to the statement of facts presented in court, Caruso distributed ecstasy in Maryland and New Jersey. In 2000, Caruso arranged to sell ecstasy to Thomas Dixon and sent a courier with about 41,000 tablets of the drug to Maryland to meet Dixon.

Dixon and the courier were arrested, and Dixon agreed to cooperate with law enforcement. He made calls to Caruso, in which Caruso admitted supplying the pills and sending the courier to deliver them.

In preparation for Caruso's trial in 2001, prosecutors provided Caruso copies of his taped conversations with Dixon. The trial was delayed for plea negotiations.

On Feb. 24, 2002, Thomas Dixon was shot six times as he left his home. He survived, but suffered permanent injuries. Court documents show that Caruso admitted ordering the hit on Dixon to prevent him from testifying.

Dixon, 40, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute ecstasy and was sentenced to two years' probation April 14, 2004.

Matthew Dolan

Man arrested in sex assault

Howard County police have arrested a 23-year-old traveling salesman in the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl in a wooded area in Elkridge on Monday. David Fernando Garcia of West Sacramento, Calif., was charged with a second- and third-degree sex offense and three counts of assault after three girls said a man followed them into the woods. The 12-year-old victim was unable to flee and reported that the man forced her to engage in a sex act. Police apprehended the suspect yesterday in front of a Wal-Mart store on Dobbin Road in Columbia and found a tattoo that matched the victim's description.

Melissa Harris

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