Crime Watch

May 13, 2008

Men suspected of series of robberies

Baltimore police say they think three suspects who were arrested in Baltimore County last week were responsible for a series of city crimes, including an armed robbery on Schenley Road about 11:30 p.m. April 30.

The victim in the Schenley Road incident described the crime in an e-mail to her community association, writing that three men approached her as she was getting out of her car with groceries. "They ran toward me yelling and demanded money," she wrote. "The one with a bandana around his face DISPLAYED A SMALL HANDGUN."

Sterling Clifford, a city police spokesman, told The Sun last week that the woman's cell phone had been recovered and that the three were suspected in a rash of other robberies. The three were charged in Baltimore County on May 2, police said.

Annie Linskey

Man admits trafficking heroin

A Florida man pleaded guilty yesterday to distributing heroin in a case that began with a February traffic stop on Interstate 95 and was the largest bust of its kind in state history, Maryland State Police said.

Jose M. Gomez, 41, of Orlando faces a minimum of 10 years in federal prison when he is sentenced in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on July 25. Authorities said the 11.96 kilograms - about 26 pounds - of heroin has a street value of more than $1 million.

State police said Gomez was driving a 2003 Dodge Caravan on I-95 in Cecil County when he was stopped by a trooper for speeding and following a tractor-trailer too closely. "Gomez appeared very nervous and avoided eye contact with the trooper," federal prosecutors said in a statement. The prosecutors said the man told the trooper he was driving from Orlando to New York.

Police had a dog check the vehicle. The heroin was found wrapped in plastic in a hidden compartment, they said.

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