Warrants issued for two in killing of Marine

He was fatally stabbed Sunday morning while coming to the aid of two friends

June 15, 2007|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Sun Reporter

Warrants have been issued for a man and a woman in the stabbing Sunday morning of a Marine who was killed when he went to the aid of two friends during an altercation on an East Baltimore street, said a detective assigned to the Regional Warrant Apprehension Task Forced.

Maurice Crosby, 19, of the 5200 block of Saybrook Road and Erica Ammenhauser, 20, of the 200 block of S. Durham St. are each charged in warrants with first-degree murder and related offenses in the stabbing death of Michael LaMaris Simms, 18, of Northeast Baltimore, said Detective Keith DeVoe.

Simms was a 2006 graduate of Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School and a member of the 4th Combat Engineer Battalion of the Marine Reserves in Baltimore.

He joined the Marines in October, a day after he turned 18, and graduated from boot camp, his family said.

He recently completed specialized training in Virginia and was home on leave when he was killed.

About 2 a.m. Sunday, Simms was walking with two male friends, one 18 and the other 22, in the first block of S. Chapel St. on the border of Washington Hill and Butchers Hill when a man armed with a large kitchen knife and a woman wielding a shovel approached and began assaulting Simms' companions.

Police said that during the attack, one of Simms' friends was stabbed in both arms and a hand and the other was stabbed in the neck.

The woman struck at least one of the men, police said.

Police said when Simms went to the aid of his friends, he was stabbed in the left side of the chest and fell to the pavement. The assailants fled.

Police know of no motive for the attack.

Police said all three victims were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where Simms was pronounced dead a short time later.

His friends were treated for nonlife-threatening wounds. Because they are witnesses to a homicide, their names were not released.

DeVoe said that in addition to first-degree murder, Crosby and Ammenhauser also are charged with first-degree assault and weapons charges.

DeVoe said Crosby and Ammenhauser frequent Southeast Baltimore neighborhoods.

Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 each for information leading to an arrest and indictment of Crosby and Ammenhauser.

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