Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

January 07, 2009|By RICHARD IRWIN

Neighbor, 16, charged in stabbing death of man

A 16-year-old Northeast Baltimore boy has been arrested and charged as an adult in the fatal stabbing of a man whose body was found yesterday in his home on Clearview Avenue by friends who had not seen him since Friday, police said. Yesterday morning, friends of the victim, David Falkinburg, 45, of the 2800 block of Clearview Ave., went to the man's home to inquire about his welfare, police said. In the house, the friends found Falkinburg in a first-floor bedroom, dead from multiple stab wounds, and called police. While Northeastern District officers and homicide detectives were at the scene, a boy who lives on the same street showed up at the house. While talking to officers, they noticed what appeared to be a stab wound on one of the teenager's arms. He was taken to police headquarters where he was charged with first-degree murder. Police identified the youth as Joshua Bresnick, who lives on Clearview Avenue a few doors from the victim's home. Bresnick was being held without bail at Central Booking and Intake Center pending a bail review hearing.

Richard Irwin

Rosedale man charged in pedestrian's death

Baltimore County police have charged a 40-year-old man with first-degree murder in the death of a pedestrian who was struck by her own pickup truck Monday on a sidewalk in Rosedale. Police said Gloria Elsy-Torres Restrepo was intentionally struck by her Dodge Ram truck about 1:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of Neighbors Ave. The truck then hit the porch of a house. Restrepo, 39, who lived on the block where she was struck, was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where she died. According to police, Jose Manuel Claros of the 1200 block of Narcissus Ave., Rosedale, was using the pickup under an agreement with Restrepo, but Claros was not making payments on the truck, as agreed. Police allege that Claros intentionally struck Restrepo after she told him that she was coming to get the truck. Claros was being held without bail yesterday at the county detention center.

From Baltimore Sun staff reports

City's eighth homicide victim of year identified

An East Baltimore man who was gunned down Monday afternoon on a street in Northwest Baltimore and died at Sinai Hospital a short time later has been identified as Joshua Harris, 21, police said. No arrest had been made and police were without a motive in the city's eighth homicide this year. As of yesterday, nine people had been killed in the city. Northwestern District police, responding to a report of a man shot in the 3600 block of Reisterstown Road near Violet Avenue shortly before 5 p.m. Monday, found Harris, of the 2200 block of E. Madison St., lying in the street and bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body. Police said Harris was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead moments later. Metro Crime Stoppers, 410-276-8888, is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and an indictment in the killing.

Essex robbery suspect slain by police is identified

Baltimore County police identified yesterday the robbery suspect who was fatally shot by police in Essex last week as Fidel S. Gikori, 25, of Perry Hall. Police chased the man, who was armed with a handgun, after a robbery Wednesday morning at the Rite Aid pharmacy on Back River Neck Road. He was shot twice in a confrontation with an officer in the backyard of a home on Williams Avenue about two blocks from the store. Police have not released the name of the officer, who was placed on administrative duty. Police were continuing to investigate the incident, said Bill Toohey, a police spokesman. Gikori, of the first block of W. Orange Court, died after being taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

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