Crime Briefs


July 24, 2009

Woman reports rape try at Convention Center

Police disclosed Thursday that a 24-year-old woman was the victim of an attempted rape Saturday morning in front of the Baltimore Convention Center. According to a copy of the police report, the woman was walking in the 300 block of Sharp St. near Pratt Street about 6:30 a.m. when she was approached by a man who grabbed her from behind and began choking her, preventing her from screaming. She said the man forcibly pulled her underwear off then called for someone to pick them up, according to police. She did not see anyone else, but the suspect fled when a vehicle approached. An officer located the underwear on the east side of Sharp Street. Detectives were investigating the incident.

- Justin Fenton

Man found dead in truck in Northwest Baltimore

A man found in an overturned Ford truck after a single-vehicle accident about 2 a.m. Thursday in the 3600 block of Woodland Ave. in Northwest Baltimore was pronounced dead at the scene by Fire Department medics. Police said the body of Antoine Arthur Davis, 33, whose address was unavailable, was taken to the state medical examiner's office. X-rays during an autopsy showed that Davis had been shot in the left side. His death was ruled a homicide by gunshot wound. Police believe the shooting occurred in the 3300 block of Woodland Ave. and that Davis drove three blocks before losing control of the truck. No arrest had been made. Homicide detectives are investigating. Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in Friday's editions misstated whom a 17-year-old boy is accused of assaulting. The unnamed juvenile, who is charged with second-degree assault, is accused of hitting Keontae Johnson, who was later wounded by an unidentified gunman near a Columbia basketball court July 9.
The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

- Richard Irwin

Columbia woman found competent to stand trial

A Howard County Circuit Court judge found a Columbia woman competent to stand trial on attempted murder charges during a hearing Thursday. Judge Diane O. Leasure said Michelle Fox, 39, of the 7100 block of Talisman Court would be able to take part in her own defense. Defense attorney Jason Shapiro said in court that Fox is bipolar and on medication. Fox was charged with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and assault, stemming from the November stabbing of Oakland Mills student Chantise Berry at Owen Brown Shopping Center. Fox's daughter, Chezmin Suter, 17, was initially charged as an adult in the attack, but the charges were waived back to juvenile court. Fox's trial is scheduled for next month.

- Don Markus

Columbia teen arrested in assault linked to shooting

Howard County police have arrested a 17-year-old Columbia boy, charging him with assault in an incident that led to a shooting near a basketball court. The teenager, who was not identified, was charged as a juvenile with assaulting a still-unidentified male, who in turn shot Keontae Johnson, 18, of Columbia, on July 9. Johnson was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and was later released, police said. Police are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the shooting.

- Don Markus

Teacher, coach charged with receiving child porn

A 52-year-old teacher at a Montgomery County private school who also coached field hockey at Towson University was indicted Thursday on federal charges of receiving child pornography, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office announced. Computers were seized during search warrant executions on John Joseph Kovach's Reisterstown home and both schools where he worked. According to the indictment, Kovach received and possessed child pornography delivered over the Internet. If convicted, he could receive a maximum of 20 years in prison.

- Tricia Bishop

Husband and wife charged in 14 Carroll Co. burglaries

State police say they've arrested a husband and wife who stole thousands of dollars' worth of goods and property from homes around Carroll County. Jerome Herron, 41, of Westminster has been charged in 14 burglaries committed between April and July. His wife, 34-year-old Tina Herron, was charged in six burglaries committed last October and this May. State police say the Herrons would break windows, pry open sliding-glass doors or simply enter homes through unlocked doors. They're accused of stealing jewelry, power tools, cash, prescription drugs, guns and electronics. Police say the Herrons sold some of the items and kept others for themselves. Jerome Herron was arrested earlier this month shortly after a burglary in Sykesville. Tina Herron was arrested Tuesday at the couple's home.

- Associated Press

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