Alaeze indicted in alleged robbery

Jurisprudence

February 09, 2007|By Bill Ordine | Bill Ordine,Sun reporter

Former Randallstown High football star Melvin Alaeze was indicted by a Baltimore County grand jury on charges of attempted first-degree murder and related offenses earlier this week, county prosecutor John Magee said yesterday.

The attempted murder charge stems from a Dec. 24 shooting and alleged robbery at the Brookhaven apartment complex in Randallstown, where a man was wounded in the head, face and back and said he was robbed of his 1998 Buick, $400, two cell phones, keys and tennis shoes.

Several days later, the man identified Alaeze, 19, of the first block of Asgard Court in Parkville, as one of a number of assailants.

Alaeze also faces misdemeanor weapons charges resulting from a Jan. 12 traffic stop and subsequent arrest in the city, according to court documents. On that day, Maryland Transit Police stopped Alaeze for making an illegal left turn, police said. They then discovered he was wanted in Baltimore County for attempted murder.

In the Pontiac SUV being driven by Alaeze, police found behind the driver's seat a revolver with four empty .22-caliber shell casings and one bullet in the cylinder, court papers said. Alaeze was also carrying a folding knife with a 6-inch blade, and a passenger in the SUV had a plastic baggie that contained a leafy substance suspected of being marijuana, according to charging documents.

Alaeze is being held in the city jail on $500,000 bail, a spokesman for the city state's attorney's office said, and he faces a trial date for the weapons possession offenses Tuesday at the John R. Hargrove Sr. District Court Building.

Concerning the more serious offenses in Baltimore County, in addition to attempted murder, Alaeze is charged with first-degree assault, armed robbery, use of a handgun in a violent crime, car theft and related offenses.

He has no court appearances scheduled and has not yet requested a bail hearing in that case, said his attorney, Kevin B. Kamenetz.

Once the nation's top-rated defensive lineman recruit, Alaeze signed with Maryland, but that scholarship offer was withdrawn. He then received a scholarship to Illinois, but he played in just two games there in 2006 before he left for "personal reasons."

bill.ordine@baltsun.com

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