Crime Digest

October 19, 2008

Human remains found in basement of rowhouse

Human remains were discovered yesterday afternoon in the basement of an East Baltimore rowhouse that is undergoing renovation, authorities said. Police spokesman Donny Moses said that investigators were calling the discovery a "suspicious death." He said that the body was so decomposed that a fingerprint identification was not possible. "The bones have been there a long time," Moses said. Howard Wyman, 63, said that he and other workers were cleaning out the vacant rowhouse in the 1900 block of E. Lanvale St. for two days and had just moved on to the basement. "Another worker was cleaning out the trash and accidentally pulled on the hand," said Wyman, as the crew continued yesterday evening to throw garbage out of second-story windows into a trash bin sitting on the corner. Workers said that the owner lived in a nearby rowhouse. "I had a feeling there was going to be something in this house," Wyman said. "There's always something in these houses."

Melissa Harris

Police seek man who stole car, attempted kidnapping

Baltimore County police continued to search for a man they say attempted to kidnap a 7-year-old boy during a carjacking near White Marsh, officials said. Police said the boy had just been placed inside the car by his grandmother when a man approached and demanded the car and child about at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the 5200 block of Campbell Blvd. The woman grabbed the child out of the car, police said, and the man drove away in her green 1997 Honda Civic with Maryland tags 1AN V62. Police described the man in a news release as a white male in his 20s, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a thin build and thin sideburns, who might may have his lip pierced. He has short blond hair and was wearing a black shirt with a logo on it and black pants, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7-LOCKUP.

By a Baltimore Sun reporter

Man suspected in crimes against elderly charged

ROCKVILLE : Montgomery County police have arrested a suspect in the slaying of a Bethesda woman and other home invasion robberies targeting the elderly. Police charged 33-year-old Jose Juan Garcia-Perlera of Hyattsville on Friday with first-degree murder, four counts of robbery and one count of armed robbery. He was being held without bond. Authorities said Garcia-Perlera was arrested Wednesday after investigators searched his home. Police have said DNA evidence connected two home invasions with the death of 63-year-old Mary Havenstein, who was killed in her home Sept. 4. In six incidents, victims - ranging in age from 63 to 92 - were bound. Besides Bethesda, the crimes have occurred in Chevy Chase, Potomac and the Foxhall area of Northwest Washington.

The Associated Press

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