Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

November 22, 2006

Teen flees custody near detention center

A 16-year-old boy with a history of drug offenses and thievery escaped from custody yesterday afternoon outside the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center, authorities reported.

The boy was being returned from a placement interview at a residential treatment center and broke free from his two case managers before entering the detention center, said Department of Juvenile Services spokesman Edward Hopkins.

The prisoner was not wearing restraints at the time of the escape, Hopkins said, because he was a nonviolent offender being considered for placement in a unsecured treatment facility.

The Baltimore youth has a history of auto theft, burglary and drug-related charges, but not violent offenses, said Hopkins, who was unaware of the reason for the youth's current detention.

Greg Garland

West-side man shot dead

A 19-year-old West Baltimore man was shot at least once in the head on a street in the Franklin Square community yesterday evening and died at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, city police reported.

Shortly before 6:30 p.m., Western District officers responding to a reported shooting found the victim lying in the 1800 block of W. Saratoga St., near Bruce Street, police said. The victim - whose name was not released - was taken by ambulance to the Shock Trauma, where he died about three hours later, police said.

Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the slaying.

Richard Irwin

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