Two arrested in city homicides


July 11, 2008

City police made arrests yesterday in two homicides.

In the Brooklyn neighborhood, Joel Ugah, 22, of the 800 block of Gretna Court was arrested in the 1000 block of Herndon Court, said Donny Moses, a police spokesman. Ugah is charged with first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder and weapons violations in a shooting last month in which a woman was killed, Moses said.

On June 17, someone in a Cadillac fired at a Toyota in the 4100 block of Hyden Court, police said. The Toyota driver, Sandy Howard, 23, of the 2900 block of Carver Road was killed, police said. A male passenger and a bystander were wounded.

Also yesterday, Demetrius Smith, 25, was arrested in the 300 block of Parrish St. in West Baltimore, one block from his home, Moses said. He is charged with first-degree murder and other violations, police said.

Smith is accused of killing Robert Long, 36, of the 1700 block of DeSota Road on March 24. Long was found next to railroad tracks near Carroll Park in Southwest Baltimore with a gunshot wound to the head. Smith is being held at Central Booking and Intake Center.

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