Police arrest man in death of girlfriend


July 17, 2008|By Annie Linskey and Gus G. Sentementes

City police arrested a West Baltimore man yesterday in the killing of his 28-year-old girlfriend and were also investigating two separate shootings in the city.

Sampson Ashby, 27, of the 3000 block of Fendall Ave. was charged with first-degree murder and related offenses in the death of Patrice L. Marable, who was pinned between Ashby's Ford pickup truck and a telephone pole July 6, according to charging documents written by homicide Detective Frank Mundy.

The couple were arguing in the 1100 block of Gleneagle Road in North Baltimore about 5 p.m., and Ashby tried to hit Marable with a tree branch, according to the documents. He pushed her to the ground, causing her to drop her cell phone, which he took and then got into his truck, the documents say.

Marable demanded the phone and climbed halfway into the truck through the driver's side window, according to the documents. Ashby then backed up and drove toward the pole, the documents say. "Mr. Ashby struck the telephone pole with the driver's side of the truck with Ms. Marable still hanging out of the driver's side window," and then fled, according to the charging documents.

Ashby is being held without bail, according to court records.

Police were also investigating two separate nonfatal shootings from Tuesday night in which both victims were shot while sitting on the front porch of a house.

At 11:41 p.m., Eastern District officers responded to the 800 block of N. Bond St. for the report of a shooting. They found a 30-year-old man inside a house, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to the right side of his face and his right wrist, a police spokeswoman said. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital for treatment; his condition was not made known.

Police determined that he had been shot on the porch when an unknown man approached him and began firing.

About two hours earlier, Southern District officers were summoned to the 3700 block of St. Victor St. in Brooklyn. Inside a home, police found a 16-year-old boy on the dining room floor with a gunshot wound to his chest. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

The teen had been on the porch when a man approached him and began firing, police said.

Both shooting cases remained open.

Police also released the names of two recent homicide victims. Bryant Wallace, 21, was one of two people shot in the 1800 block of Braddish Ave. about 11:45 p.m. Friday. The other man survived, and his name has not been released.

Tony Smith, 26, was shot about 2 a.m. Sunday in the 3200 block of Lyndale Ave. and died of his wounds, police said.

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