Crime & Courts

CRIME & COURTS

January 30, 2009

Man found fatally shot in Mosher neighborhood

A man was found fatally shot yesterday afternoon near a church in the city's Mosher neighborhood, and police were without a suspect or a motive in the city's 21st homicide this year, authorities said. The victim's name was not released. Southwestern District police responded to a report of a shooting in the 900 block of Poplar Grove St., between West Lafayette Avenue and Mosher Street near St. Edward Catholic Church, and found the man bleeding from at least one bullet wound to the head. Police said the man was pronounced dead at the scene by city Fire Department medics. His body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy and positive identification through fingerprints. Metro Crime Stoppers, 410-276-8888, is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and an indictment.

Richard Irwin

Man with knife invades home in sex-assault try

Harford County authorities were looking for a man armed with a knife who forcibly entered the Abingdon home of a teenage girl Tuesday evening and attempted to sexually assault her, according to a county sheriff's office spokesman. The girl told sheriff's deputies that she was watching TV about 8:30 p.m. when she answered a knock at her door and a man forcibly entered the house and pushed her onto a couch while threatening her with a knife, said Sgt. Dave Betz, a spokesman. The girl reported she feared she was going to be sexually assaulted and struggled with the man. She said she fought him off and he then climbed through a kitchen window and jumped to the ground from a rear deck. Betz said the girl suffered minor injuries that did not require medical attention. Harford County Crime Solvers, 888-540 TIPS, is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. All information will be kept confidential.

Richard Irwin

Police seek Royal Farms robbery suspect

Baltimore County police are asking for help in identifying the man who robbed a Royal Farms store in the 4000 block of Wilkens Ave. on Jan. 22. Police said the man entered the store shortly after 3 a.m. and purchased a drink. He requested a refund, but then demanded that the clerk open the register and turn over cash. The man threatened the clerk, acting as if he had a gun, police said. When he was given the money, the man left the store. Anyone with information is asked to call county police, 410-307-2020, or Metro Crime Stoppers, 866-756-2587.

Man charged in death of man bound with tape

SALISBURY: Maryland State Police have made an arrest in the death of a 27-year-old Salisbury man found bound with duct tape after a home invasion. Carlos Mills, 28, was charged yesterday with first-degree murder and other charges in the Jan. 17 death of Brookes Harmon. While Harmon was visiting a family in the 600 block of Dennis St. in Salisbury, three masked men forced their way into the home. They bound Harmon and assaulted and robbed him. He died of asphyxiation, and his death was ruled a homicide. Police are investigating the case and say additional arrests are expected. A second suspect was found dead in Salisbury on Wednesday.

Associated Press

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