Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

February 02, 2007

Man, 23, fatally shot near Brooklyn club

A 23-year-old man was shot and killed early yesterday near a club in South Baltimore's Brooklyn neighborhood. The victim, Ryan L. Holliman was hit once in the back, police said.

Also yesterday, police identified the woman who was fatally shot Wednesday night as she and her boyfriend sat in a car in the 800 block of Hilton St. as Stephanie Stevens, 22, of Martinsburg, W.Va. Her 27-year-old boyfriend was shot in the right hand and was treated and released from Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

In the latest killing, Holliman and two friends had gone to Club Mate and Lounge about midnight yesterday and left as the club closed, about 2 a.m., police said. The three walked about two blocks and got into Holliman's car as two men approached from behind, and one fired a handgun once through the car's rear window.

Holliman, who was in the driver's seat, was shot and sped from the scene. He drove back to the club, jumped out of the car and passed out on the sidewalk, while one of his friends pounded on the club's door for help. The club's security guard called police. Holliman died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center about 3 a.m., police said.

A police spokesman said a motive was not known.

The club's owner, Vu Huynh, said he hires off-duty Baltimore police officers to stand outside the club and also has security inside the club, which is in the 3600 block of S. Hanover St. Huynh said that in recent weeks several victims have come to the club for help.

In one case Jan. 10, police said a cabdriver was robbed and shot in the neck. He ran to the club for help and survived. Huynh said that in December, a man was robbed of his car near the club and forced to take off his pants. The man also ran to the club for help, he said.

The last homicide in the area claimed the life of Christopher Whitfield, 22, on Dec. 15 in the 3800 block of S. Hanover St., two blocks from the club.

Gus G. Sentementes and Richard Irwin

Bank in Wal-Mart held up

The Harford County Sheriff's Office is investigating a robbery Wednesday of a Provident Bank branch in the Constant Friendship Wal-Mart in Abingdon.

The suspect entered a teller line shortly after 6 p.m. and demanded money when he reached the counter. He implied that he had a gun in the pocket of his jacket, police said. The man fled in a champagne-colored Nissan Maxima with an undisclosed amount of money, police said. Several customers and employees were in the bank and the store at the time, but no one was injured.

Police described the robber as a black male with a goatee in his mid-30s. He had a slim build and was about 6 feet 2 inches tall, police said. The man was wearing a gray fleece jacket, gray sweat shirt, white T-shirt, baggy black or blue jeans, brown shoes and a rolled brown and tan striped knit hat.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Harford County Sheriff's Office at 410-836-5431. Harford County Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. Tipsters must call the 24-hour tip line at 888-540-TIPS to be eligible for the reward. All information will be kept strictly confidential.

Mary Gail Hare

2 plead guilty in bank robberies

Two Baltimore men pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court yesterday to robbing several Maryland banks last year.

James Abu Bangura and Dartanion Antwon Wallace, both 25, face up to 25 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.

According to the plea agreements presented to the court, Bangura admitted that he robbed nine banks of a total of $85,345. In each case, prosecutors said, he threatened bank workers by saying he had a bomb. The banks were in Baltimore, Silver Spring, Bethesda, White Marsh and elsewhere in Baltimore County.

Wallace admitted that he participated in two robberies with Bangura, according to court papers.

Chief U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg scheduled the sentencing for Wallace on May 11, and for Bangura on May 24.

Matthew Dolan

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