Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

September 27, 2007

Man fatally stabbed in West Baltimore

An man whose name was not released died yesterday morning at a hospital after he was stabbed on a West Baltimore street by an unknown assailant.

Police responding to a report of an injured man in the 600 block of N. Brice St. about 10 a.m. found the man bleeding from at least one stab wound. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he died a short time later.

Evidence recovered near where the man was found led police to the 700 block of Appleton St., where they believe he was attacked.

Meanwhile, an autopsy yesterday showed that Keith Ray, 24, of the 300 block of E. Lorraine Ave., whose decomposed body was found Tuesday afternoon in the woods off the 600 block of Wyman Park Drive in Remington, died of a bullet wound to the head.

And in another homicide, police said they were investigating a family member of Virginia Jones, 81, of the 3600 block of Rosedale Road, who died June 3 at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington as the result of head injuries suffered in an assault May 16 at her Northwest Baltimore home.

Police said Jones was recuperating at her sister's home in Calvert County, where her condition worsened. She was taken to the medical center, where she died.

Richard Irwin

Fatal stabbing yields 25 years

A 50-year-old man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for fatally stabbing a man 37 times, dumping his body in Baltimore's Leakin Park and then assuming his identity, according to city prosecutors.

Timothy Izzard of the 3000 block of Lanvale St. pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder and using a deadly weapon.

The body of Freddie Thornton, 69, wearing only boxer shorts, was found about noon Dec. 23, 2006, by a passer-by in the park in the 4300 block of Franklintown Road.

Police in Anne Arundel County had questioned Izzard during a traffic stop about 2 1/2 hours before the body was found. Police said Izzard identified himself to the officer as Thornton and had Thornton's driver's license.

Police said he admitted he was not Thornton and was given a traffic ticket for driving on a suspended license, then released. He was arrested and charged with murder Dec. 27.

Man hunted in Carroll robbery

Maryland State Police are searching for a man who they said held up a gas station at gunpoint in Carroll County on Tuesday night.

Police said the gunman walked into the Jiffy Mart Tevco station in the 3100 block of Baltimore Blvd. in Finksburg about 11:20 p.m. and displayed a handgun. He demanded that the clerk open the cash register, and he ran out with money, authorities said.

Anyone with information about the robbery is urged to call the State Police Barracks in Westminster at 410-386-3033.

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