Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

August 07, 2007

Two robbery victims die from gunshots

A man who was shot several times during a robbery in Southeast Baltimore early Friday died the next day, police said yesterday.

The victim, Lorado Williams Jr., 27, was the first of two people who were shot in apparent robberies within a block of one another. Williams, of the 600 block of S. Lehigh St., was shot and robbed in the 3600 block of E. Baltimore St. about 1:30 a.m. Friday, police said.

Williams died Saturday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

The other shooting occurred shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday. A 19-year-old man, whose name was not released, was seen struggling with two men in the first block of S. Highland Ave., police said. The teenager was shot during the struggle, but managed to run away. He collapsed in an alley in the 3400 block of E. Baltimore St., suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body, police said. He was pronounced dead at Bayview Medical Center at 11:45 p.m., police said.

A police spokeswoman said officers found a gun at the Highland Avenue scene, which will be tested to determine if it had been used in that shooting and others.

In both cases, witnesses told police they saw two unknown men involved in the shootings, police said. But police could not say whether they believed there was a connection between the two killings.

The two killings brings the number of homicides in the city this year to 191.

Gus G. Sentementes

Man charged in theft is seized

A Baltimore County man was arrested yesterday on charges that he swindled tens of thousands of dollars from customers who paid him for home health care equipment that he did not deliver, the state attorney general's office said.

Paris G. George of the 700 block of Leister Drive in Timonium was charged in a July 23 indictment with 17 counts of felony theft and four counts of felony financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

George operated a company out of his home that he advertised in the telephone book as Allied Home Healthcare, Maryland Home Healthcare Services and Access Medical Equipment Co. as well as other names, according to court documents in a prior civil suit. He would accept deposits from his clients for large medical equipment, such as stair-lifts, wheelchairs and hospital beds, but he did not deliver the equipment, according to the civil case record.

The charges in the most recent indictment stem from contracts that George made with clients in 2000 and 2001. According to the indictment, George stole more than $33,000 from more than 21 individuals and a church.

Julie Scharper

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