Crime Watch


May 08, 2007

4 men shot, 3 fatally; city homicide toll at 100

Four men were shot, three of them fatally, in separate and apparently unrelated incidents in four areas of Baltimore last night, city police said.

The deaths brought the number of homicides for the year to 100, police said, compared with 92 for the same period last year.

Police said the shootings occurred in the northwestern, southern, eastern and northeastern sections of the city. Names of the victims and details of the shootings were not available.

The latest reported fatal shooting occurred about 10:30 p.m. in the 3700 block of Woodbine Ave. in Forest Park. The victim died a short time later at Sinai Hospital, police said.

About three hours earlier in the 1400 block of N. Caroline St. in East Baltimore, a man was shot in the chest and died a short time later at Johns Hopkins Hospital, police reported.

A third man was fatally shot in the 1500 block of Cliftview Ave. near the south entrance of Clifton Park. He was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

In the 600 block of Hillview Ave. in Cherry Hill, a man was shot in the leg. He was treated at Harbor Hospital.

Richard Irwin

2 held in restaurant robbery

Two men have been charged in an armed robbery last week at a Baltimore County restaurant - including, police said, a former employee who wore a mask but whose voice gave him away.

The men are charged in the robbery Wednesday of the Bowman Restaurant and Pub on Harford Road in Carney.

Two men, one with a shotgun, the other with a knife, entered the restaurant about 9:30 a.m. As they did so, one employee ran to a Fraternal Order of Police lodge next door, where a retired county police officer called 911.

In the restaurant, the robbers encountered three employees, assaulting one of them and taking money from an open safe, county police said yesterday. Three employees were locked in a walk-in refrigerator, but eventually kicked the door open, according to charging documents.

Restaurant management told police that $4,750 was taken during the robbery, the charging documents state.

Police said they identified a former employee of the restaurant as a suspect after one of the victims recognized his voice. Another employee also recognized the man by his voice and his "swagger," according to charging documents.

Police said they arrested the former restaurant employee, identified as Nathaniel Green, 24, of the 600 block of N. Carrollton Ave. in Baltimore, on Thursday night outside Lexington Market in his girlfriend's car. Interviewed by investigators, Green admitted his involvement in the robbery and implicated another man, charging documents show.

Police, wanting to keep the other suspect unaware of Green's arrest, made no announcement of the arrest at the time. The other suspect, Shakime Duval Jackson, 33, also of the 600 block of N. Carrollton Ave., was arrested Friday night in the parking lot of a business in the Windsor Mill area of Baltimore County and charged early Saturday morning, police said.

Both have been charged with armed robbery and first-degree assault, police said. A district court commissioner denied bail for Jackson. Green's bail was set at $250,000.

Both men remained at the Baltimore County Detention Center, police said.

Man sentenced for molestation

An Odenton man who served as an associate pastor at an Essex church was sentenced yesterday to serve five years in prison for molesting a boy at his home. Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Paul A. Hackner also ordered Enoch Jermaine Hill, 29, to serve five years' probation when released from prison, according to court records.

Hill was an associate minister at the House of God in Essex. He was convicted in January of molesting the boy in 2004 and 2005, starting when the child was 10.

Andrea F. Siegel

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