Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

March 19, 2007

Boy, 17, dies after car rams into tow truck

A 17-year old boy who was attempting to evade police in a stolen car died after he hit a tow truck in Northwest Baltimore yesterday, city police said.

The boy, identified as Kenneth Tomlin of the 3400 block of Royce Ave., was driving a 1996 Cadillac Eldorado when a police officer pulled him over in the 2900 block of Liberty Heights Ave. near Druid Park Lake Drive about 11:45 a.m., said Agent Donny Moses, a city police spokesman. As the officer approached the car, the driver sped away, bumped against the curb several times and then slammed into the back of a tow truck, Moses said.

The boy was taken by ambulance to Sinai Hospital, where he died about an hour later, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a Fire Department spokesman.

It was unclear yesterday whether the tow truck was moving at the time of the accident.

A preliminary investigation showed the accident was caused by driver error, Moses said. The car was registered to a Westminster resident who was not named by police.

Annie Linskey and Richard Irwin

No suspects in fatal shooting

A 22-year-old man was killed Saturday evening in Northwest Baltimore, police said yesterday.

Police responded at 4:10 p.m. to a shooting in the 4900 block of Queensberry Ave., where they found a man who had been shot in the chest and head. Medics pronounced him dead on the scene.

Police would not release the victim's name and said the only information they had about possible suspects was that witnesses saw several men run from the scene.

Annie Linskey

Frederick mosque vandalized

Two basement windows of a mosque in Frederick were broken between Saturday night and yesterday morning -- the third act of vandalism there this year, police reported.

There are no suspects in any of the incidents, and police are not investigating them as hate crimes, said Sgt. Wade Brown of the Frederick Police Department. Windows at the Islamic Society of Frederick were broken in two previous incidents, and a car in the parking lot was vandalized, he said.

Police were called to the Islamic Society building in the 1200 block of Key Parkway -- a recently renovated, light-blue house where lessons on the Quran and in the Arabic language are offered -- about 8:45 a.m. yesterday when the vandalism was discovered. In addition to the broken windows, the contents of a fire extinguisher were sprayed into the mosque's basement.

Khalil Elshazly, the mosque's former president, said there are plans to construct a fence around the building and add surveillance cameras in an effort to deter further vandalism.

Nicole Fuller

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