Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

August 22, 2007

Police chase teenager who fled from Hickey

State and city police were chasing a Jeep early this morning through parts of northern and northeastern Baltimore in pursuit of 16-year-old Davon Julius, who escaped nearly a month ago from the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School in Cub Hill, in Baltimore County.

State troopers assigned to the fugitive apprehension squad in Columbia spotted the Jeep with its rear window shattered near The Alameda about 11 p.m. and gave chase. City police joined the pursuit.

It was not known whether the occupant was armed, and reports that shots were fired during the chase could not be confirmed early this morning.

Justin A. Russell, 15, and Julius, both of Baltimore were in a van parked outside a medical building at the school about 8 p.m. July 31 and fled the grounds when a security officer left them unattended, state police said.

Russell was arrested Aug. 10 while walking in the 3100 block of Sumter Ave. in Northwest Baltimore.

Richard Irwin

Sex offender faces gun charges

A registered sex offender who was arrested last month after Baltimore police seized from his house 38 guns - including two sawed-off shotguns and a machine gun - could face up to 165 years in prison, if convicted on all of his pending misdemeanor weapons violations.

City prosecutors said yesterday that they have filed 33 "criminal information" complaints against Orlando Yarborough, 61, of the 4400 block of Finney Ave. in Northwest Baltimore.

A criminal information moves a case from District Court to Circuit Court much like a grand jury indictment or a preliminary hearing. Prosecutors can obtain a criminal information only in a misdemeanor case.

Yarborough was convicted of a third-degree sex offense in Baltimore County in 2001, a felony, and spent three years in prison, police said. That felony conviction bars him from possessing firearms. His next scheduled court hearing is in October.

Julie Bykowicz

Body found in motel identified

A man found beaten to death at an Aberdeen motel Saturday night has been identified as that of Robert Donte Hemphill, 26, a resident of the motel, a spokeswoman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office said last night.

Sgt. Christina Presberry said deputies found Hemphill's body on the floor of his room at the Keyser Motel in the 1300 block of U.S. 40 after another resident reported that the door of the man's room was ajar and that a burglary might have been committed.

Presberry said an autopsy indicated that Hemphill died of blunt-force injuries to the upper body. No arrest had been made.

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