Crime Watch

December 19, 2007

The city matches 2006 homicide total - 275

The addition of two homicide victims to the number of violent deaths in Baltimore in 2007 means the city has matched its total for all of last year, police said.

As of last night, the figure stood at 275.

Shortly after 10 p.m. on June 8, 3-year-old Jabari Stocks, of the 900 block of E. Patapsco Ave., was having difficulty breathing and was taken was taken to Harbor Hospital, police said.

An examination in the emergency room showed the child had sustained a head injury, and he died a short time later, police said. Homicide detectives were notified.

An autopsy the next day by the state medical examiner's office ruled the child's death a homicide, but it was not reported to the media until yesterday.

Police said no arrest has been made in the child's death, which remains under investigation.

Police said that on Nov. 28, 1999, Monea Gorham, then 16, whose address was not available, was shot by a man in the 1500 block of Madison Ave. The injury left her a quadriplegic.

Gorham died Sept. 20 this year. An autopsy showed the injuries caused by the bullet led to her death, police said.

Eric Fleming, 46, was convicted of shooting Gorham and remains incarcerated, authorities said. Police said murder charges against him are pending a review by the state's attorney's office.

Details of the shooting were not available.

Richard Irwin

Man charged in two robberies

A 21-year-old Harford County man was charged with two counts of armed robbery yesterday, accused of demanding medication from two Bel Air drugstores at knifepoint, police said.

Brent Markwardt of Rising Sun was being held at the Harford County Detention Center in lieu of a $25,000 bond yesterday, said Sgt. Christina Presberry, spokeswoman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

About 2 a.m., a man entered a Bel Air Rite Aid in the 1600 block of Churchville Road and jumped over the pharmacy counter, Presberry said. He brandished a kitchen knife and demanded medications that were on a list he gave to the pharmacist.

The pharmacist refused and escaped, calling for help. A store security guard held the suspect until sheriff's deputies arrived.

When Markwardt was taken into custody, he told deputies he had made a similar attempt at the CVS drugstore in the 1200 block of Churchville Road about 1:30 a.m., Presberry said. He had approached a pharmacist and demanded drugs while brandishing a knife, but he left when told to do so by the pharmacist, she said.

A bond review hearing for Markwardt is scheduled at 1:15 p.m. today in Harford County District Court.

Madison Park

2 arrested in jewelry robberies

State and Baltimore County police yesterday arrested two men in connection with robberies of jewelry stores in several states, including Maryland, that netted thieves at least $1 million in jewelry over the past two years.

Following information from other agencies, police staked out a motel in the 100 block of Timonium Road in Timonium about 1 p.m. and arrested Quinton Antoine Garrus, 44, and Dwayne A. Ballard, 48, both of Baltimore, as they loaded luggage into their car, state police said in a news release.

Police said Garrus is accused of robbing jewelry stores in New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Michigan, California, Iowa, Connecticut and Tennessee. Ballard is suspected of aiding Garrus in robberies in Iowa and Tennessee, authorities said.

The robberies occurred while jewelry store clerks were distracted or were waiting on one of the robbers, who posed as a customer while an accomplice removed jewelry from display cases.

Both suspects were held overnight at the Golden Ring Barracks pending a bail hearing today before a District Court commissioner in Towson.

Richard Irwin

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