Crime Watch

May 14, 2008

City man, 18, charged with three counts of attempted murder

An 18-year old Baltimore man accused of getting into a gunbattle with police after his mother's friend was shot in the head last week has been charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder and other offenses, police said.

If convicted, Montreal Proctor, 18, of the 2000 block of W. Saratoga St. could be sentenced to life in prison.

The shooting occurred about 11 p.m. May 7 when Proctor was in East Baltimore and his mother and a friend of hers came by in a black sport utility vehicle to pick him up.

Parker told his mother, Tressie Clark, to stop the SUV near in an alley. He left the truck and came back with a bulge in his shirt that his mother's friend, Annette Burch, believed was a gun, according to charging documents written by Detective Anthony Kreafle of the Southeast District detective unit.

The three began to argue and Burch got out of the SUV in the first block of S. Ellwood Ave. and refused to get back in. Proctor threatened to rob Burch and then pointed a handgun at her head and fired once, according to the charging documents. Burch was able to flag down a police patrol car in the 3000 block of E. Baltimore St.

Officer Peter Heron stayed with her while two others, Sgt. John V. Sieracki III and Officer Joseph Grossman, found the SUV at East Baltimore Street and North Linwood Avenue. When the officers got out of their patrol cars, Proctor "opened the door and jumped out of the vehicle holding his waistband area," according to charging documents.

Grossman chased Proctor. At one point, the suspect turned and fired at Grossman but did not hit the officer, documents say. Police said they believe his handgun jammed after firing the shot. Grossman fired twelve rounds at Proctor, but no bullets hit him, documents say. Sieracki chased Proctor through several alleys, police said.

Burch was treated and released at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Annie Linskey

Man guilty of bank robbery

A Howard County man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore yesterday to robbing a bank in Elkridge in November and escaping with more than $8,500, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office.

John Jakes, 55, of Elkridge could receive up to 25 years in federal prison when he is sentenced July 18.

Prosecutors said Jakes walked into PNC Bank in the 6200 block of Washington Blvd. wearing a hooded jacket, a baseball cap, a black curly-haired wig, a black backpack and dark gloves. According to his plea agreement, Jakes put his hands on the back of the neck of an employee, pushed her to the teller station and demanded money.

After getting the cash, prosecutors said, he pushed the employee to another teller and repeated the demand.

Police arrested Jakes a short time later after chasing his Ford pickup through Howard County at speeds exceeding 80 mph, prosecutors said.

Man sentenced for carjacking

A 24-year-old man accused of shooting an off-duty Baltimore police officer two years ago was sentenced yesterday to 30 years in prison on federal carjacking and gun charges, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office.

Collin Hawkins of the 6000 block of Moravia Park Drive still faces attempted murder and first-degree assault charges in Baltimore Circuit Court in the Dec. 5 shooting of Officer Momodu Gondo. City prosecutors said that trial is scheduled to begin today. Gondo was attacked just after midnight Dec. 5, 2006, as he got out of his car at his home in the 5700 block of The Alameda.

Authorities said the federal case stemmed from the shooting of the officer and another case in which Hawkins was arrested Nov. 22, 2006, in connection with an armed carjacking in the city. A federal jury convicted Hawkins of carjacking, use of a handgun in a crime of violence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

2 city shootings investigated

Baltimore police were seeking yesterday two men who were wounded Monday night in separate shootings in the city, authorities said.

A 39-year-old man was shot about 9:30 p.m., in the 500 block of Edgewood St. in Southwest Baltimore's Allendale neighborhood, according to city police. The victim was standing near a car talking to another man when he was shot once in the left leg, police said. Paramedics took him to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

Earlier, a 19-year-old man was shot shortly before 9 p.m. in the 800 block of N. Collington Ave., in East Baltimore's Middle East neighborhood, police said. Officers received a report of gunfire and arrived at the scene to find a man who had been shot several times, police said.

Paramedics took the man to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery and was listed in critical condition, police said. Police were investigating both cases and are seeking information about the suspects.

Gus G. Sentemenetes

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