Crime Watch

Crime Watch

April 10, 2009

Accused in gun sales, man is ordered held

A man accused of illegally selling guns from his potato chip stall at Lexington Market must remain in custody while awaiting trial, U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake ruled Thursday during a detention-review hearing. Michael Papantonakis, 53, was arrested last week, accused of selling 13 firearms to undercover federal operatives he believed were gang members. He is also accused of trying to have a Lexington Market manager beaten. His attorney said the guns were from a personal collection that his client was trying to deplete and called any statements about harming the manager or dealing with gang members "venting," "silliness" and "stupid comments" that weren't meant or true. The prosecutor said it was ridiculous to claim that the gun selling was part of a hobby. "He's a gun trafficker," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Dwyer. Blake ruled that there were no conditions available to ensure the public's safety if he were released, but she is "not closing the door" on the issue, which might be revisited.

Tricia Bishop

Pittsburgh man held in brother's slaying

A Pittsburgh man who police say admitted fatally shooting his brother Sunday near Herring Run Park has been arrested and charged in the crime. Officers responding to a report of a shooting in the 4700 block of Homesdale Ave. found Curtis Warren, 36, in the basement of a home along with his brother, Curtis A. Pounds, 31, who was suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Police wrote in charging documents that Warren admitted that he shot Pounds and disclosed the location of a gun. Pounds was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead about 5 a.m. Warren, of Pittsburgh's North Side, was taken into custody without incident and charged with first-degree murder and related charges; a motive was not disclosed.

Justin Fenton

Police seek man charged in shooting

The Harford County sheriff's office is searching for a 40-year-old man wanted in a shooting involving his girlfriend. Police said Thursday that Mark Anthony Jones, of no fixed address, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, handgun violations and the violation of a protective order after a weapon was fired Monday night into a vehicle occupied by his girlfriend and another woman. No serious injuries were reported in the shooting in the 4200 block of Church Creek Road in the Belcamp area. Jones is known to frequent the Riverside area as well as Severn, Laurel and York, Pa., police said. Police ask anyone who sees Jones to call 911 or county detectives at 410-836-5408 or 410-836-5427.

Jonathan Pitts

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