Crime Watch

September 24, 2007

Man died of blunt force

A man who was found dead under a bridge in Hampden was killed by blunt-force trauma, and city police detectives are investigating his death as a homicide, authorities said.

Baltimore police had not identified the man, but described him as white and in his 40s. His body was found Saturday afternoon under an overpass for the Jones Falls Expressway, near 41st Street, in an area where homeless people are known to live.

Police had not determined whether the man was homeless.

He was the city's 225th homicide this year. For the same period last year, the city had 199 homicide victims.

Gus Sentementes

3 city inmates stabbed in fight

Three inmates at the Baltimore City Detention Center on East Monument Street were stabbed yesterday afternoon during a fight among several others and were treated at two area hospitals, a spokeswoman for the state's Division of Pretrial and Detention Services said.

About noon, correctional officers responded to a fight near a recreation room and found the men bleeding from multiple stab wounds, said Barbara Cooper, the spokeswoman.

After initial treatment at the center, Cooper said, one man was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital and admitted. Two others were taken to University of Maryland Medical Center, where one was admitted and the second was treated and returned to the center.

Cooper said the incident remains under investigation.

Richard Irwin

Man sentenced for murder

A city man was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for killing a man who authorities said had refused to buy drugs from him in West Baltimore.

Joshua Mills, 21, of the 2500 block of Winchester St. pleaded guilty Jan. 30 to second-degree murder in the death of Antwon Torain.

Prosecutors said Torain had locked himself out of his car Nov. 27, 2005, in the 700 block of N. Payson St. and had asked three people to help him. "The defendants instead tried to sell him drugs," prosecutors said in a statement.

"As a result of the conversation, the defendants got into an argument with the victim," prosecutors with the city state's attorney's office said. One of the suspects grabbed Torain and another man told Mills to shoot the man.

"Mills responded to this request by shooting the victim in the head and neck," according to prosecutors.

Farrakhan Jenkins, 22, of the 700 block of N. Payson St. and Tavon Coleman, 20, of the 500 block of N. Brice St. were each sentenced to 10 years in prison in March for conspiracy to commit murder, prosecutors said.

Attack investigated as possible hate crime

Montgomery County police are investigating what they called a possible hate crime against two Sikh men.

The men were assaulted by a group of teenagers Sept. 15 in Burtonsville.

The victims are a 75-year-old from Springfield, Va., and a 77-year-old from Burtonsville.

Police said the two were walking in the woods when they came across the group of six or seven boys, believed to be about 14 or 15. They say two of the teenagers punched the men in the face, causing them to fall.

Police said they have no information about a motive, but are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.

Associated Press

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