Crime Briefs

August 07, 2009

Reward offered for killers of liquor store owner

The two men responsible for the killing of a liquor store owner last month remain unidentified and at large, Baltimore County police officials said Thursday. Police announced a $4,000 reward to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of Joon Am Kang's killers. Half the money would come from Metro Crime Stoppers and half from the Korean-American Grocers and Licensed Beverage Association of Maryland. Kang, 57, was shot in the chest July 16 during an attempted robbery at Putty Hill Liquor on Belair Road in Fullerton. Anyone with information is asked to call Baltimore County police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-756-2587.

-Nick Madigan

Man dies after police say he choked on bag of drugs

A drug suspect who allegedly tried to swallow a plastic bag filled with heroin capsules while being pursued by Baltimore police Monday evening has died, police confirmed. Dion Snipe, 41, died late Wednesday at the University of Maryland Medical Center after being placed in a medically induced coma. Police said Snipe began to choke as they searched him for drugs. The bag was removed from his throat and he was taken to the hospital. Family members have alleged Snipe was beaten. Police have begun an internal investigation of the incident.

- Frank Roylance

Arundel police arrest man for assault, drugs

Anne Arundel County police arrested a Baltimore man Wednesday night after he hit an officer with his truck door during a traffic stop that netted $1,250 worth of crack cocaine and a knife, according to authorities. About 7:30 p.m., officers pulled over a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado near Edwin Raynor Boulevard and Marble Arch Drive in Pasadena. While an officer was near the truck, the driver - identified as Joseph Vincent Bianco, 45, of the 600 block of Douglas St. - "forcefully pushed open his door and struck the officer," police said. The officer was not injured. Backup officers saw a knife in the truck, arrested Bianco and found the crack cocaine during a vehicle search, according to police. Bianco was charged with second-degree assault, possession of a deadly weapon and drug possession, police said.

- Baltimore Sun reporter

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