Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

November 26, 2008

Man is fatally shot in Better Waverly

Baltimore police said a man was fatally wounded in a shooting early yesterday in Better Waverly. About 12:30 a.m., Northern District officers responded to reports of gunfire in the 2900 block of Limond Place, a block east of Greenmount Avenue. Police found a man with gunshot wounds to his lower body, and paramedics transported him to Johns Hopkins Hospital. The victim died at 2:27 a.m. His identity was withheld pending notification of relatives.

Gus G. Sentementes

Gang member gets life without parole in 2 killings

A 24-year-old gang member was sentenced yesterday in Baltimore County Circuit Court to life in prison with no chance of parole in the stabbing deaths of two men who unknowingly flashed the hand gestures of a rival gang while dancing and drinking at a Baltimore club in 2006. Enrique Ricardo "Lil' Diablo" Pizzaro Silva - a member of the Salvadoran street gang known as Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13 - was convicted in September of two counts of first-degree murder. Baltimore County police have said the deaths of Herrim Geovanny Alverez Salmaron and Hever Joel Gonzalez Garcia, who were not associated with any gang, were the first MS-13-related killings in the county. Covered with more than 100 stab wounds, their bodies were found Jan. 8, 2006, on the fields of Arbutus Middle School. Baltimore County prosecutor Allan J. Webster described the defendant yesterday as "a monster" and told the judge that any sentence other than the maximum one "sends the wrong message to others like him." But defense attorney Sharon A.H. May pointed out that prosecutors had offered her client 30 years in prison in exchange for a guilty plea and argued that he should not be punished for maintaining his innocence and going to trial. Baltimore County Circuit Judge Ruth A. Jakubowski imposed two concurrent sentences of life without parole.

Jennifer McMenamin

City police identify two homicide victims

Baltimore police have named the victims in two homicides last week. Charles Hogans, 45, of the 1700 block of Braddish Ave. was shot in the lower body about 10 a.m. Nov. 18 inside a house in the 2000 block of N. Dukeland St. Hogans died a short time later at Bon Secours Hospital. Donte Graham, 21, of the 2200 block of W. North Ave. was found Nov. 18 shot inside a car parked with its engine running in the 1100 block of Abbott Court. Graham was pronounced dead a short time later at Johns Hopkins Hospital. No arrests have been made in either case.

Richard Irwin

Arrested man's lawyer says police were 'brutal'

A lawyer for the Howard County man whose arrest last week sparked an investigation into police conduct said officers threatened his client's life after a "brutal attack" during the arrest. In a letter to the county executive and the warden of the detention center, attorney David Ellin contends that several arresting officers "threatened [Stephen] Zombro's life if he were to talk about his injuries and the beating to which he was subjected." Zombro, 40, of Jessup, was arrested Thursday after fleeing from police onto Route 32. Much of the chase and arrest was filmed by TV news, and Police Chief William McMahon called for an internal investigation after watching the footage. One officer has been placed on administrative duty, police said. Zombro faces 16 counts on various charges stemming from the chase, including assault and drug charges. He is being held in the detention center on $200,000 bond. Ellin said he visited Zombro and that he has "severe bruising" on nearly half of his body. County police spokeswoman Cpl. Jen Reidy declined to comment yesterday about the specifics of the allegations. Ellin said the county has 180 days to respond to his complaints and that it is a precursor to a civil suit.

Tyeesha Dixon

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