Joint effort nets suspect

June 10, 2008|By Annie Linskey | Annie Linskey,Sun Reporter

Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III recognized the name projected on the wall at a weekly crime meeting.

The subject: Jerrod Rowlett. Date of birth: 2/3/1984. Home address: 2100 block of Oakside Circle, Woodlawn.

"His name is seared in my brain as someone we have to pay attention to," Bealefeld said yesterday.

Rowlett's criminal record might explain Bealefeld's interest: The 24-year old has been arrested 18 times as an adult and charged with attempted first-degree murder four times.

In the past year, Rowlett had served six months of a 15-year sentence after pleading guilty to dealing drugs and first-degree assault. But now he was out again.

At the crime meeting Thursday, Rowlett's name came up when an official from the state Division of Parole and Probation explained that police arrested Rowlett on a gun charge in April, Bealefeld said.

The next day, Rowlett's name came up yet again. Baltimore Detective Carlos M. Vila determined that Rowlett was a suspect in a midday shooting in the 1600 block of E. 25th St. on May 27.

Sgt. William Marcus, a city officer with the warrant apprehension task force, hatched a plan with Division of Parole and Probation supervisor Debbie Gonzalez: A parole agent would call in Rowlett for a regular probation meeting Saturday. But it would be at the Baltimore County Woodlawn police precinct. Rowlett's girlfriend drove him there, Gonzalez said.

"Within a second, all of the county police at the station descended on him," Gonzalez said. "He acted shocked."

Rowlett was ordered held without bond in the shooting.

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