Crime Watch

April 01, 2008

Man, 22, wounded in shooting

A Harford County man was shot in the head Sunday evening while walking through an Edgewood neighborhood, according to the county Sheriff's Office.

The victim, DuShawn Bennett, 22, of the 1900 block of Edgewater Drive in Edgewood, was walking near Hanson Road and Longwood Court about 11:15 p.m. when he was approached by three males, said Sgt. David Betz, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.

"A conversation ensued, he began to leave, then he was shot," Betz said.

The incident is believed to be drug-related, the spokesman said.

Bennett was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore where he was listed in good condition yesterday.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Criminal Investigation Division at 410-836-5014.

Madison Park

Student raped in apartment

City police are seeking the public's help in apprehending a man who raped a Maryland Institute College of Art student Sunday night in her Bolton Hill apartment.

The 20-year-old student told police she had locked herself out of the apartment in the 1700 block of Bolton St. about 8:30 p.m., and that a man offered to help her, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman.

The woman reported that after she and the man entered her apartment from a fire escape, he displayed a handgun, forced her into a bedroom and raped her.

After he fled, the woman called 911 and was taken by a Fire Department ambulance to Mercy Medical Center, where she was treated and released, police said.

She said her attacker was a black man about 30 years old, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a pronounced gap between his front teeth. He was wearing an orange tracksuit or jumpsuit, she said.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Central District at 410-396-2411.

Richard Irwin

Man convicted in fatal stabbing

A jury found a 21-year-old Baltimore man guilty of involuntary manslaughter yesterday in the fatal stabbing of another man in the stairwell of a downtown McDonald's during a drug deal.

Retired Judge Paul E. Alpert sentenced Lewis Rich of the 2100 block of St. Paul St. to 10 years in prison, the maximum allowed for the crime. The jury acquitted Rich of first- and second-degree murder charges.

In opening statements, attorneys for both sides said Rich and Kirk Fonseca, 22, followed Ernest Buchanan Jr., 18, into the McDonald's at 31 S. Calvert St. about 10:45 a.m. on April 26 to buy marijuana from him.

None of the four surveillance cameras in the restaurant was aimed at the stairwell, where prosecutor Robin Wherley said Rich stabbed Buchanan. Wherley dropped murder charges against Fonseca last week.

Melissa Harris

One dies, two hurt in E. Baltimore shootings

Three men were shot, one of them fatally, last night in two apparently unrelated incidents in East Baltimore, a police spokesman said.

About 9:20 p.m., Eastern District police responding to a report of a man shot in the 2400 block of E. Hoffman St. near North Port Street found a man suffering from a gunshot wound; he was pronounced dead at the scene by the crew of a Fire Department ambulance, said Officer Troy Harris, the spokesman. His name was withheld pending notification of family members, Harris said.

Moments later, police learned that a man who had been shot in the chest was dropped off by a motorist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery, Harris said.

It was not known whether the wounded man was involved in the shooting on Hoffman Street. Harris said the man who dropped him off was being interviewed.

The fatal Hoffman Street shooting brought to 50 the number of homicides in the city so far this year; 71 homicides had been recorded by the same period last year, police said.

About 15 minutes before the Hoffman Street shooting, a man was shot in the leg and arm at North Luzerne Avenue and East Biddle Street and was taken by ambulance to Hopkins. Details were not available.

Richard Irwin

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