Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

December 13, 2006

City man indicted in minister's death

A 25-year-old Baltimore man has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the stabbing death of an Empowerment Temple minister.

Miquel Johnson, also known as Michael D. Jackson, is accused of killing the Rev. Michael Herrington Griffin, 43, after an argument last month in Northwest Baltimore.

Griffin, who lived in the 5400 block of Fairlawn Ave., was a minister at Empowerment Temple, a 10,000-member Baltimore megachurch, and was a vendor at M&T Bank Stadium, his mother told police.

Just before 7:30 p.m. Nov. 26, police found Griffin's body near Groveland Avenue and Garrison Boulevard. He had been stabbed eight times in the abdomen, according to police reports.

About the same time, patrol officers encountered Johnson nearby. He appeared to have blood on his hands and blue jeans and told the officers, "I did something bad, and you should put me in jail," according to police reports.

Johnson later told police that Griffin had approached him near 3900 Groveland Ave., insulted him and then pulled out a knife, which Johnson got hold of and used to stab Griffin. Johnson also told police he had stabbed Griffin because of a "beef" they had three years earlier.

Johnson, of the 1700 block of Laurens St., is scheduled for a court appearance Jan. 18 before Baltimore Circuit Judge Gale E. Rasin.

Julie Bykowicz

Man charged in bank robbery

A 28-year-old Bel Air man was arrested and charged with robbing a downtown Bel Air bank yesterday, police said.

David Thomas Gaedke of the 300 block of Kenmore Ave. was arrested after a witness saw a man run from Harford Bank to an apartment complex two blocks away minutes after the bank was robbed about 9:45 a.m. yesterday.

Officers who went door to door in the complex said they saw evidence linking Gaedke to the robbery after he answered the door in his underwear. A search of the apartment uncovered a red ski mask and clothing matching that worn by the robber, as well as a note demanding money and a large amount of cash, police said.

Gaedke was charged with robbery and theft. Authorities are also investigating a Dec. 4 robbery at the same bank, in the 500 block of S. Main St.

Justin Fenton

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