Crime Watch

September 28, 2007

Police investigate Randallstown death

Baltimore County homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man found lying in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Randallstown yesterday evening. His name was withheld pending notification of family members, police said.

About 7 p.m., the victim was seen walking with several other people along Cinnamon Circle near Old Court Road. Moments later, a female passer-by observed the man lying on the ground and called police.

Police said the victim suffered a head injury from an unknown weapon. He was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died a short time later.

Anyone with information is urged to call the county homicide squad at 887-3943.

Richard Irwin

2 sentenced in carjackings

Two Baltimore men were each sentenced yesterday to more than 10 years in prison for carjacking incidents that took place on successive days late last year in the city, according to federal prosecutors.

U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced 20-year-old Antonio Twan Freeman and 19-year-old Marcus Harrison to 13 and 11 years in prison, respectively, for carjacking and "brandishing a firearm in connection with a crime of violence," the Maryland U.S. attorney's office said.

Marcia Murphy, a spokeswoman for the office, said she could not specify where the crimes took place in the city because that information "was not in our public record."

Freeman, Harrison and a third man, Calvin Williams, 19, confronted a Baltimore man who was getting into his vehicle Nov. 29, according to court documents. Freeman showed the man a revolver and ordered him to lie on the ground, after which the three drove away in the car.

The next day, the three men approached a man who was leaving a gas station after filling up and Freeman again drew a weapon and ordered the man not to do "anything stupid." They took his keys and drove away, the documents say.

Williams pleaded guilty to the same charges and is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 5. He faces a maximum of life in prison, prosecutors said.

Bradley Olson

Man's death ruled homicide

A man who died Saturday of injuries suffered in a Sept. 20 attack was the victim of homicide, according to Baltimore police

Robert Rutledge, 40, of the 1900 block of Ridgehill Ave. was found injured in an alley in the 2800 block of Parkwood Ave. and died two days later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police said Rutledge died of blunt-force trauma to the head. Authorities said they knew of no suspect or motive in the attack.

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