Crime Watch

December 18, 2007

Police arrest, charge 2 in October homicide

Baltimore police said yesterday that they arrested a man and his girlfriend and charged them in connection with a fatal shooting in October in the northeastern part of the city.

The victim, Marlon Beckford, 31, of the Bronx, N.Y., was fatally shot while sitting in a car with a woman and her 10-month-old son early Oct. 30. Beckford died at Johns Hopkins Hospital that day, police said. The woman and child were unharmed.

City police said that an "extensive investigation" led detectives to two suspects. Early yesterday, members of the Baltimore region's warrant apprehension task force arrested Lance H. Walker, 28, and Nadirah V. Moreno, 31, at their home in the 9800 block of Redwing Drive in Perry Hall.

Both were charged with first- and second-degree murder, police said. Police declined to discuss a possible motive in the killing.

According to court records, Walker has four convictions for drug possession with intent to distribute, one in 1998, another in 1999, and two in 2002. He also has an illegal-handgun conviction from 1998, court records show.

The steepest sentence Walker received in any of his convictions came in October 2001 in Baltimore Circuit Court. He pleaded guilty to drug possession with intent to distribute and received a 12-year sentence, with seven years suspended, followed by three years of probation.

Gus G. Sentementes

Police sweep nets 141 fugitives

A four-day law enforcement sweep in the Baltimore area has netted 141 fugitives, including 10 wanted on charges of murder or attempted murder, local and federal officials announced yesterday.

During "Operation Safe Holiday," more than 100 law enforcement officers fanned out across Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Prince George's counties last week, seeking about 800 people charged with violent crimes and fugitives who had prior arrests or convictions for violent crimes.

Of the 141 fugitives, they arrested 49 wanted on charges of robbery, assault or other violent crimes; 11 on sex offenses; and 11 on drug offenses, officials said. Most of the fugitives were wanted on charges in Baltimore.

The city has more than 50,000 fugitives, officials said, most for failing to appear in court or on charges related to theft.

Matthew Dolan

Gun fired in grocery robbery

Baltimore police rushed to a grocery store in Central Park Heights yesterday morning to investigate an armed robbery during which at least one gunshot was fired, authorities at the scene said.

Police said that no one was injured at the Stop Shop & Save in the 2700 block of W. Cold Spring Lane and that a robber escaped with an undetermined amount of money.

The incident occurred shortly before 9:15 a.m. When police arrived at the scene, the store was closed. Police officers and store security guards turned away customers and employees trying to enter the store as they investigated and took statements from witnesses.

Gus G. Sentementes

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