Crime Watch

May 15, 2008

Sketch released in killing

City detectives released this week a sketch of a man they want to question in connection with a homicide in Remington, police said.

Detectives did not release a name and police would not say whether the person is a suspect.

"We want this guy for questioning," said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman, who encouraged anyone who believes they might know the man to call police at 410-396-2100.

Police found the homicide victim, Nancy Schmidt, 74, about 5:30 a.m. April 21. She had been stabbed repeatedly in an upstairs room of her Remington home. At the time police said she was the victim of a botched predawn burglary.

The crime has shaken the Remington area, where such crimes are unusual.

Joan Floyd, president of the Remington Neighborhood Alliance, said police distributed copies of the flier at their neighborhood association meeting Tuesday.

"They said if anybody saw this person to call the police," she said. "They said by all means put it out there on every telephone pole in the neighborhood."

"We have a couple people who are quite terrified," Floyd said.

Annie Linskey

One killed, 2 hurt in shooting

Three men were shot, one of them fatally, last night on a street near Fells Point, a police spokesman said. The identities of the victims were being withheld pending notification of family members.

No arrest had been made, and police said they knew of no motive for the triple shooting.

Shortly before 9 p.m., Southeastern District police officers were patrolling in their marked cruisers when they heard the sound of multiple gunshots coming from the 300 block of S. Dallas Court in the Perkins Homes neighborhood, said police spokesman Officer Troy Harris.

Harris said that when police arrived, they found one man lying on the ground and another man inside a nearby house, and later learned that the third victim had been driven to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where the other victims also were treated.

One was shot in the chest, and the other two were shot in the leg.

Harris said the man who was shot in the chest died about an hour later. The conditions of the other two victims were not available.

The death brought to 71 the number of homicides in the city this year.

Richard Irwin

Immigrant to plead guilty to manslaughter

Eduardo Morales-Soriano, an illegal immigrant charged with killing two people in a drunken driving accident in 2006 in Columbia, will plead guilty to two counts of negligent manslaughter, his attorney said yesterday in Howard County court.

The move averts a trial that was scheduled for July. A plea agreement was thrown out by a judge in January.

Morales-Soriano, 27, of Laurel, had a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit when his Nissan Sentra slammed into the back of the car driven by Jennifer Bower, 24, on Thanksgiving night, police have said.

Bower's car, a Toyota Corolla, was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Routes 175 and 108 in Columbia. She and her passenger, Marine Cpl. Brian Mathews, 21, were killed.

Last fall, prosecutors reached a plea agreement with Morales-Soriano that recommended an eight-year prison term, which falls at the top of state sentencing guidelines. Howard County Circuit Judge Lenore R. Gelfman accepted that plea, but rejected it in January after receiving more information about the case from a pre-sentence investigation. The judge said she did not find the terms of that plea "adequate."

Prosecutors yesterday did not divulge the terms of the new plea or say whether more jail time would be recommended.

Morales-Soriano could face up to 20 years in prison for the two charges. He is scheduled to enter the plea and be sentenced on May 28, said his attorney, Brad Goldbloom. A trial had been scheduled for July 21.

Goldbloom and prosecutors declined to comment yesterday until after sentencing.

Authorities think that Morales-Soriano, who is from Mexico, entered the country illegally, and they expect him to be deported after serving his sentence.

The accident added to the heated debate about issuing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants. Morales-Soriano got a license in North Carolina in 2004 and used it to get a Maryland license the following year.

Maryland is one of a few states that allow residents to obtain licenses regardless of immigration status. Gov. Martin O'Malley said in February that in two years, the state will require proof of legal residency.

Tyeesha Dixon

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