Crime Watch


December 14, 2008

Police identify man shot in eye but have no suspects

Baltimore police have identified the man who was wounded by gunfire in the eye, back and arm Friday afternoon at Washington Street and Lafayette Avenue. Dawron Johnson, 41, of the 3000 block of Federal St. was in serious condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital yesterday afternoon and was undergoing surgery on his eye, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman. Johnson has been arrested more than a dozen times in Baltimore. He has a 1994 conviction for robbery with a deadly weapon and at least two drug-related convictions, one in 2002 and the other in 2007. Police said they have no suspects.

Melissa Harris

Man shot in leg at bus stop near group of juveniles

A 59-year-old Coppin State University custodian was shot in the leg while standing at a North Avenue bus stop on his way home from work Friday night, authorities said. Baltimore police found John F. Sydnor lying in the 3200 block of W. North Ave. about 9:20 p.m., said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman. Sydnor was waiting for the bus "when the presence of a large group of juveniles made him nervous," Moses said. "He began to walk away and suddenly heard a bang and stinging sensation in his right leg." Moses said police have interviewed at least nine juveniles seen running from the area. Sydnor was in good condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday afternoon, Moses said.

Melissa Harris

Restaurant employee shot in robbery attempt

A restaurant employee was shot during an attempted robbery in Crofton on Friday night, according to Anne Arundel County police. Detectives said that two gunmen, wearing black ski masks, hooded sweat shirts and gloves, and armed with rifles, attempted to rob Carlos Rivas Ventura, 44, who was breaking down boxes in the rear of Hunan Express in Crofton Station Shopping Center, Capt. Thomas Rzepkowski said. Ventura resisted and was shot twice. About a quarter-hour before that, police said, a nearby 7-Eleven in the 2100 block of Defense Highway was robbed by the same pair. The store clerk handed over an unknown amount of cash to the robbers about 10:30 p.m., police said. The robbers left the area in a red or burgundy sport utility vehicle. Rzepkowski said the robbers' clothes covered them so effectively that no descriptions were available. Ventura was in serious condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Melissa Harris

Towson woman, 20, shot in domestic incident

A 20-year-old Towson woman was shot multiple times Friday night in a domestic incident, Baltimore police said. An officer on patrol in the area heard six or seven gunshots about 10:35 p.m. Police found Dashia Jones-Jenkins seated in a 1996 Honda Civic in the 1900 block of Madison Ave. with several gunshot wounds in her torso and shoulder. Agent Donny Moses, a city police spokesman, said Jones-Jenkins was in serious condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday afternoon. Moses declined to identify a suspect.

Melissa Harris

Columbia man, 19, guilty of murder in April shooting

A Howard County jury found a Columbia man guilty of first-degree murder Friday in the April shooting of a man on the sidewalk of a busy street in Columbia. Antajuan L. Wilson, 19, of the 10800 block of Green Mountain Circle was also found guilty of first-degree assault and weapons charges. Wilson shot Bryan Antoine Adams Jr., 20, also of Columbia, after the two men, who did not know each other, got into an argument at a gas station near a shopping center in the 10400 block of Twin Rivers Road. Prosecutors said Wilson retrieved a gun from his grandmother's house and returned to the gas station to shoot Adams. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 20.

Armored truck robbery prompts school lockdown

SALISBURY: School and law enforcement officials said the robbery of an armored truck prompted the lockdown of a middle and high school Friday afternoon. Officials at nearby Salisbury University said they also alerted students about the robbery, in which suspected gunshots were reported. No injuries were reported, although a guard was treated for chest pains. Detective Sgt. David Owens of the Wicomico County Bureau of Investigations said officers were dispatched to a BB&T bank branch on South Salisbury Boulevard after receiving reports of gunfire just before 2 p.m. Authorities said one of three robbers believed to have participated in the robbery was later captured and the stolen money recovered. Two other robbers remained at large.

Associated Press

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