Girl 16, arrested in fatal stabbing

She is 2nd charged in attack near light rail

November 20, 2006|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,Sun reporter

A 16-year-old girl - described as the main suspect in the slaying of another teenage girl who was chased down and stabbed after leaving a city light rail station - was arrested yesterday by Baltimore police detectives.

Authorities tracked the girl to a home in Prince George's County over the weekend and arrested her at 2 a.m. yesterday, according to police. The suspect, identified as Lataye King, was wanted in connection with the Nov. 7 attack on Nicole "Nikki" Edmonds, 17.

King has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder and other related assault and weapons charges, according to two Baltimore police officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case. On Thursday, police made their first arrest in the case - of 15-year-old Kendrick McCain, a North Baltimore eighth-grader.

Police said two other suspects may face charges in connection with the attack.

In charging documents for McCain, police said Edmonds and her brother were coming home from their job at a Wendy's in Anne Arundel County and still wearing their uniforms when they were followed off a light rail train at the North Avenue station shortly after midnight by a group of four young people who assaulted them. Two held the brother while another two chased after and stabbed the sister, police said.

A law enforcement source familiar with the investigation said the group attacked Edmonds because they wanted to steal her cell phone. A break in the case came when a family member of one of the suspects called police, fearing that one of the teens had been involved in the slaying, the law enforcement source said.

King, who is known as "Jasmine" on the street, sometimes resided with a relative in the 1900 block of E. 31st St. in Baltimore, according to police. But detectives received information that suggested she also was known to stay with an adult male friend in Prince George's County.

After Edmonds' killing, transportation officials said they have increased patrols and surveillance of the light rail system. Passengers have been robbed at other stations at least three times this month.

The light rail stations, as well as the Baltimore-area Metro subway, are patrolled by Maryland Transit Administration police officers. On Nov. 11, undercover MTA officers witnessed a robbery and then chased and fatally shot a suspect who, they said, pointed a gun at an officer. Two accomplices are being sought in that robbery.

McCain is charged as an adult with first-degree murder, first-degree assault and use of a deadly weapon. He is scheduled for a court hearing today.

gus.sentementes@baltsun.com

Sun reporter Tyrone Richardson contributed to this article.

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