Crime Watch

November 20, 2007

Man, 23, is charged in teenager's killing

The Baltimore region's warrant apprehension task force has arrested a man who city detectives say is responsible for the shooting death of a 17-year-old this month.

Lewis K. Lucas, 23, was taken into custody at a state Division of Parole and Probation office in Towson. Police said Lucas, who lived in the 1300 block of E. Biddle St., was charged with first-degree murder and related offenses in the killing of Lawrence D. Jones.

In 2003, Lucas pleaded guilty to attempted murder and illegal use of a handgun. His 20-year sentence was suspended, and he was placed on probation.

Now, he is accused of shooting and killing Jones about 1:30 p.m. Nov. 2. Jones was shot several times in the upper body in the 1300 block of Ballard Way in the O'Donnell Heights neighborhood of Southeast Baltimore. He died of his injuries at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, city police said.

Police did not disclose a motive. Lucas was arrested Friday.

Gus G. Sentementes

Former caregiver charged

A former caregiver for a nonprofit organization that provides services to people with developmental disabilities faces criminal charges after pleading guilty to driving under the influence when he was supposed to be working at a Woodlawn group home, authorities said yesterday.

Obioma James Ezeocha, a former caregiver for the Center for Social Change, was charged with two counts of neglect of a vulnerable adult for leaving two developmentally disabled men who were in his care unattended, according to the state attorney general's office. In March, when he was supposed to be providing overnight care at a group home at Chippenham Place in Woodlawn, Ezeocha was charged with driving under the influence, the attorney general's office said.

Ezeocha, 27, of the 2100 block of Townhill Road in Parkville, pleaded guilty to those charges in August and was sentenced to one year in prison with all but 11 days suspended, and was placed on two years of supervised probation, according to the attorney general's office.

Man charged in fatal shooting

A 33-year-old man has been arrested and charged in a double-shooting Thursday on McClean Boulevard that left a 17-year-old dead and an 18-year-old wounded.

Leroy Smith, who lives in the house where the crime occurred, is accused of killing Kendrick Bowman and shooting another man, who survived, in the back. Smith was arrested the day of the shootings and is charged with first-degree murder.

Police recovered a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun and two 9 mm shell casings from the house, according to charging documents.

Smith is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in District Court next month.

Julie Bykowicz

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