Crime Watch


December 06, 2006

Utility bill argument ends in a shooting

An argument over payment of a utility bill appears to have been the motive for the near-fatal shooting yesterday evening of a 45-year-old man outside his Northeast Baltimore home, police said.

The victim, Dawayne Washington of the 6100 block of Fairdel Ave., was arguing with his step-daughter, Brandy Dupree, 25, and Jonathan Brodie, 25, when he was shot in the head, police said.

The couple rode off with their three young children in a Burgundy 1994 Nissan with tags 9CF 302, police said, adding that the children - a 6-month-old girl, and boys ages 5 and 6 - were found safe late last night at a house in the 600 block of Montpelier St. and placed in the care of a relative.

Warrants were obtained by police charging Brodie and Dupree with attempting to kill Washington, who was reported in critical condition at an area hospital.

Police also were investigating the fatal shooting yesterday afternoon of a 19-year-old man a few blocks from his home near Gwynns Falls Park. The victim, Jarmal Brian Dailey of the 4100 block of Stokes Drive, was shot in the head and upper body about 1:45 p.m. in an alley behind the 3700 block of Flowerton Road and died about 7 p.m. at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police also reported for the first time a killing Friday in Northeast Baltimore's Hillen neighborhood. The victim, Hamel Hurley, 25, called 911 about 2 p.m. from his front steps and told a dispatcher he had been shot in the upper body during a robbery attempt in the rear of his home in the 1500 block of Shadyside Road. He died nine hours later at Johns Hopkins Hospital, police said.

The killings brought the city's homicide toll for the year to 251, compared with 252 at the same time in 2005, police said.

Richard Irwin

Four city fires called arson

Four fires that broke out in less than an hour in vacant rowhouses in Southwest Baltimore Monday evening were intentionally set, authorities said yesterday.

Three of the fires occurred in the same city block, and one firefighter was injured -- twisting an ankle while battling one of the blazes.

The first fire was reported at 6:12 p.m. at 313 S. Payson St., where firefighters found a mattress had been doused with a flammable liquid on the second floor, police said.

Minutes later, another fire was found at 315 S. Payson St. and quickly extinguished, and at 6:20 p.m., fire was reported on the third floor of a vacant house at 339 S. Payson.

As firefighters were cleaning up on South Payson, they received a call for another fire eight blocks away in the 1600 block of McHenry St., where a fuel-soaked mattress was burning in a second-floor front room.

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