Crime Watch

November 12, 2007

Woman sought in kidnap

Baltimore police were searching last night for a woman they say abducted her 2-year-old grandson from Johns Hopkins Hospital early yesterday.

Belinda Brown, 34, of no fixed address, is accused of taking Antonio Brown from the hospital about 2 a.m. The boy was last seen in a white Hopkins T-shirt and gray cargo pants.

Police have a warrant for Belinda Brown's arrest. She is accused of failing to send her child to school, according to online court records. In March, she was convicted of second-degree assault but not sentenced to any jail time, the records show.

Julie Bykowicz

Gunman convicted of murdering 2 teens

A jury has convicted a Baltimore man on two counts of first-degree murder in the 2006 shooting of two teenagers outside a Sunoco gas station, according to the Baltimore state's attorney's office.

Abdul Kareem Alvez-el, 23, also was convicted on one count of attempted first-degree murder and handgun and assault charges.

Alvez-el was convicted of shooting Ricky Medley, 19, and Martrell Brown, 16, as they sat in Medley's car in the 500 block of E. Cold Spring Lane about 9:45 p.m. Feb. 2, 2006.

Medley, who was driving the vehicle at the time of the attack, was shot in the torso. He died later that night at Good Samaritan Hospital. Brown, a passenger, was shot in the head and died the next day at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Quinton White, 17, another passenger in the moving vehicle, reached the steering wheel from the back seat and crashed the car into a wall, suffering a broken arm. Alvez-el was convicted of attempting to murder White.

At least two witnesses identified Alvez-el as the shooter, according to the state's attorney's office.

Parts of the shooting were recorded by the gas station's security cameras.

Alvez-el is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 17. He could face a maximum sentence of three consecutive life sentences plus 20 years.

Sumathi Reddy

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