Crime Watch


December 05, 2007

Officer shoots suspect in restaurant robbery

A man suspected of robbing an Upper Fells Point fast-food restaurant last night was shot by a city police officer during a struggle for the suspect's gun a few blocks from the robbery scene, a Police Department spokeswoman said.

Moments before the shooting, two other police officers were chasing the suspect on foot.

About 7 p.m., Southeastern District Officer Modesto A. Olivio Jr., a seven-year member of the force on patrol in his cruiser near the 1900 block of Gough St., saw the man being chased while keeping one hand in his waistband as if armed, said Officer Nicole Monroe, the spokeswoman.

Monroe said none of the three officers realized at the time that the Burger King in the 2000 block of Eastern Ave. had been robbed by a gunman moments earlier. The man's demeanor and flight from the two officers appeared suspicious, she said.

Monroe said that when Olivio got out of his cruiser and confronted the suspect in the 1900 block of Gough St., the man pulled a .40-caliber Glock semiautomatic handgun from his waistband and tried to shoot the officer.

Monroe said that during a struggle for the gun, the officer pulled his own .40-caliber Glock handgun and shot the man at least once in the stomach. Olivio was not injured.

Moments later, nearly a dozen other officers responded and cordoned off the scene with yellow crime-scene tape and police cars.

Monroe said the unidentified gunman was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital and was in serious condition. Money found in his pockets was believed to have been taken in the robbery, she said.

Olivio was expected to be placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, she said.

So far this year, including last night's incident, city police have shot 32 people, 12 of whom were killed.

Richard Irwin

Woman accused of murder plot

A Westminster woman was charged yesterday with solicitation to commit murder after Maryland State Police say she tried to hire an undercover trooper to kill her husband.

Mary L. Gates, 46, of the 1400 block of Pinch Valley Road was in custody and was expected to have a bail review hearing last night, according to police.

State police say the Carroll County state's attorney's office learned of a possible murder-for-hire plot and contacted police last month.

State police investigators learned of allegations that Gates had tried several times to pay someone to kill her husband, Kevin L. Gates. The couple live together, according to police.

An undercover trooper met with Mary Gates and she offered to give him $6,000 in exchange for the murder, supplying him with her husband's photo and work schedule, police say.

Mary Gates was arrested about 4 p.m. yesterday in the 700 block of Market St. in Westminster, police said.

Liz F. Kay

Shot fired in Exxon station

Harford County authorities are seeking at least two males after a shot was fired yesterday inside a gas station and convenience store in Joppa.

Two males, described as being in their late teens, entered the Exxon in the 1100 block of Pulaski Highway in Joppa and fired a shot. A clerk was injured when he was hit by glass from a window that shattered. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for injuries that were not life-threatening, said Sgt. Christina Presberry, a spokeswoman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

The pair fled without taking anything. A third male might have been involved, Presberry said. The victim's name was not available, she said.

Madison Park

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