Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

March 12, 2007

2 men slain in city shootings

Two men were fatally shot in Baltimore in separate incidents over the weekend, one of them during a birthday party at a tavern on the west side, city police said.

The victim at the party -- held on the second floor Saturday at Maceo's Lounge in the 1900 block of N. Monroe St. -- had objected to another man "groping" a woman, and the man pulled out a pistol "and shot the gentleman for his chivalry, multiple times," said Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman.

The gunman fled along with the partygoers after the shooting, which was reported at 11:24 p.m., police said. Killed in the incident was Allen Coates, 36, a resident of Lakemount Road in the Westview area, who was pronounced dead at 11:46 p.m. at Sinai Hospital, Monroe said.

The other fatal shooting was believed to have occurred about 11:40 p.m. in an alley in the 5000 block of Denmore Ave., but the victim -- Damon Smith, 40, of the 5300 block of Maple Ave. -- apparently was not found until more than an hour later. He had several wounds and was pronounced dead at Sinai at 1:23 a.m. yesterday, Monroe said.

Man charged in crew attacks

An Arizona man has been charged with assaulting two crew members aboard a flight from Phoenix to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Saturday, police said yesterday.

Bryan Leon Spann, 34, of Morristown, Ariz., was charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct, said Cpl. Jonathan Green, a spokesman for the Maryland Transportation Authority Police.

Police said Spann allegedly slapped and punched two flight attendants - one male, the other female - aboard the America West flight from Phoenix that landed at BWI about 3:55 p.m. The flight crew used a pair of nylon and plastic handcuffs to restrain the man, who had been drinking alcohol, Green said.

Police boarded the aircraft after it landed to arrest and remove Spann from the plane.

Nicole Fuller

Suspect in Annapolis killing arrested in Utah

A 17-year-old charged in the fatal shooting of a Brooklyn Park man last month was arrested Friday in West Valley City, Utah, Annapolis police said.

Andrew Douglas "Zel" Tuell is charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the killing of Terrance Anthony Powell, 23, who was shot Feb. 12 in the College Creek Terrace public housing community in Annapolis. Powell's brother, Timothy Sembly Jr., was fatally shot in September 2001 in the same neighborhood at the age of 15.

Police announced the charges against Tuell in February. His last known address was in Annapolis.

On Friday, Annapolis police received a tip from the Metro Crime Stoppers hot line that Tuell was in Utah.

Agents from the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Office and the West Valley Police Department went to an apartment address provided by the tipster and found Tuell, according to a statement released Saturday.

The Anne Arundel state's attorney's office will seek to extradite Tuell to Maryland for trial.

Sara Neufeld

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