Crime Watch

April 03, 2008

Prince George's man is charged in killing

Maryland State Police have charged a 35-year-old Prince George's County man with murder and armed robbery in a fatal shooting that occurred on Interstate 95 near Route 24 early Tuesday, authorities said yesterday.

Demetrius D. Lovelace of Temple Hills is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Alan Zurita, 29, of Havre de Grace. Lovelace is being held in the Harford County Detention Center without bail, police said.

Zurita was shot in the chest and left on the shoulder of the highway about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. He died less than two hours later at Upper Chesapeake Hospital Center in Bel Air, police said. Damond M. Jackson, 33, of Havre de Grace, was shot in the leg during the robbery and is expected to survive.

The preliminary investigation indicates the two victims and Lovelace knew each other casually. The three met at an undisclosed spot in Harford County Monday night, police said.

"Police are still trying to nail down how well these men knew each other," said Greg Shipley, state police spokesman.

The men were traveling south on I-95 early Tuesday, when Lovelace pulled to the side of the highway and shot both victims during an attempted robbery, police said. He left Zurita at the scene but dropped Jackson in the parking lot of the hospital, police said.

Police arrested Lovelace late Tuesday at a home in Temple Hills. They also recovered a Mitsubishi Galant believed to be the vehicle used during the incident. The car does not belong to Lovelace but was not stolen.

The investigation is continuing, and additional charges are anticipated, police said.

Mary Gail Hare

Photos of robbery suspect out

The FBI and city robbery detectives have released photographs of a man they suspect of stealing more than $10,000 in a string of recent bank robberies.

The robberies occurred at the Bank of America at 10 Light St. on Tuesday; Provident Bank at 3800 E. Lombard St. on Monday; M&T Bank at 22 S. Greene St. on March 18; and Wachovia Bank at 1228 N. Charles St. on Dec. 27.

In each robbery, a man passed a note to a teller demanding money, said Special Agent Rich Wolf, an FBI spokesman. The suspect was described as in his mid-30s to late 30s, about 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 220 to 240 pounds, Wolf said.

Authorities ask that anyone with information about the suspect call the FBI at 410-265-8080 or Baltimore police at 410-366-6341.

Annie Linskey

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