Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

November 08, 2008

Woman fatally stabbed in downtown Baltimore

Baltimore detectives arrested a woman yesterday shortly after police staff monitoring crime cameras watched an attack and directed officers to a fleeing suspect, said Sterling Clifford, a Police Department spokesman. The camera monitors - many of whom are retired police officers - were watching live footage from the areas near The Block, the city's adult entertainment district, and noticed a fight among several women escalating about 2 a.m. yesterday. The monitors called 911 when they saw one woman attack another. Central District patrol officers went to the scene and found that Takirea Leray Johnson, 27, had been fatally stabbed and a second woman was seriously injured, Clifford said. Monitors swiveled the cameras to track a woman as she left the scene and helped officers find her. Police arrested Shontay Lane, 22, two blocks away, Clifford said. She was charged with murder and attempted murder, he said. The second victim was in critical condition.

Gus G. Sentementes, Annie Linskey

Baltimore man charged in Woodlawn-area killing

A Baltimore man has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of a man Monday night in the Woodlawn area, Baltimore County police said yesterday. Timothy Bean, 25, of the 2800 block of Ellicott Drive was arrested Wednesday in the fatal shooting of Cletus Ronnie Gittens, 25, of the 1900 block of Greengage Road, police said. Officers found Gittens in the 7100 block of Security Blvd., behind the Chadwick Manor shopping center, after being called about 11:10 p.m. Monday to investigate reports of gunshots, police said. Gittens was pronounced dead at Northwest Hospital Center. Police said they found Bean, who had a gunshot wound to his leg, a short distance from Gittens. Bean was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment and was arrested after he was released from the hospital. Investigators asked anyone with information to call Baltimore County police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP (1-866-756-2587).

From Baltimore Sun staff reports

Man is fatally shot in Upton neighborhood

Police were investigating the fatal shooting of a man about 5 a.m. yesterday in the Upton neighborhood. Officers were in the area for another call when they heard gunshots and responded to the 600 block of Sewell St., police said. They found a man suffering from gunshot wounds; he was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma and pronounced dead, police said. The killing, along with a stabbing near The Block early yesterday morning, come amid an increase in killings this year in the city's Central District, the only police district that has experienced a rise in homicides. There have been 21 killings in the Central District this year. Last year, there had been 12 killings as of Nov. 1.

Justin Fenton

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