Crime Briefs

November 10, 2009

Two city men fatally shot over weekend, police say

A 25-year-old man was fatally shot early Sunday in Baltimore's Charles North neighborhood, one of two weekend homicides reported by police. Charlie Williams was attacked by two men about 1 a.m. in front of an apartment in the first block of W. 20th St., witnesses told police. A man wearing a trench coach approached Williams, grabbed him by his collar and shot him several times, police said. The shooter and the other suspect, a shorter man who was wearing a dark-colored jacket, ran south on Maryland Avenue toward North Avenue, according to police. A woman found Williams lying face down in the street and alerted a nearby officer. Williams, of the 3000 block of Seamon Ave., was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and pronounced dead about an hour later. Police also said a 40-year-old man was fatally shot about 3 p.m. Saturday in the 100 block of S. Payson St. in West Baltimore. Officers found Johnnie Hawkins of the 3500 block of Richmond Ave. lying inside a garage at Superior Auto Makeover Car Wash with gunshot wounds to the torso. He was taken to Shock Trauma, where he was pronounced dead Sunday morning. Police have made no arrests in either shooting.

FOR THE RECORD - A headline that ran with a crime brief in Tuesday's editions was incorrect. Two teen-age boys were arrested and charged in the theft of a car connected to runaway Annie McCann, whose body was found a year ago next to a Baltimore trash bin. The boys were not indicted by a grand jury.
The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

-Brent Jones

2nd man charged in stabbing of off-duty officer at strip club

Baltimore County police have charged a second man in the stabbing of an off-duty Baltimore police officer last week at a strip club in the Dundalk area. Glenn Christopher Lansinger, 27, of the 8200 block of N. Boundary Road in Dundalk was charged with attempted first-degree murder and assault in the attack early Thursday against Eric Jansen, 42. Lansinger and Lucas James Baumeister, 23, of the 400 block of Marjeff Place in Overlea, stabbed Jansen in the neck and lower back about 2 a.m. Thursday as the officer was leaving Christina's Female Revue, in the 4500 block of North Point Blvd., police said. Jansen then shot Lansinger once in the upper body, according to police. Jansen and Lansinger were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after the incident. Jansen was treated and released Thursday, and Lansinger remains at Shock Trauma, where he was charged Friday evening by a court commissioner, according to police. Baumeister was being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center. Police said investigators have not determined a motive for the attack. Jansen, a 15-year veteran of the city force, is part of a specialized gun unit in the Violent Crimes Impact Division.

- Baltimore Sun staff

2 teens indicted in theft of runaway's car

A year after 16-year-old Annie McCann's body was found next to a trash bin at a public housing complex in Upper Fells Point, police have arrested two teenage boys in connection with the theft of her parents' white Volvo, which McCann drove when she ran away to Baltimore from her Alexandria, Va., home Oct. 31, 2008. The Baltimore Sun identified the boys, arrested late last month and charged as juveniles, as Baltimore 16-year-olds, one living in the 1000 block of New Hope Circle and the other in the 200 block of S. Mason Court. One of the boys declined to comment, and the other could not be reached. A message left on his mother's cell phone was not returned. The Sun is not naming the juveniles. Last month, McCann's parents sharply criticized Baltimore police for their "inaction" in the case. No arrests have been made in connection with their daughter's death, which police have suggested was a suicide.

- Tricia Bishop

Reisterstown man indicted on charges of theft

A Baltimore grand jury has indicted a 67-year-old Reisterstown man on 24 charges alleging he stole more than $7 million from various escrow accounts, the city State's Attorney's Office announced Monday. George Sybert Sr. of the first block of Briarwood Farm Court owned Maryland Title Co., based in Baltimore. The indictment claims he took money from individual accounts his company held. Sybert is scheduled to be arraigned in December. A message left at Sybert's home was not returned Monday.

- Tricia Bishop

Inmate fatally stabbed, 1 injured at Westover facility

One inmate was fatally stabbed and another was injured Sunday night at Eastern Correctional Institution in Somerset County, according to authorities. The incident occurred shortly after 9 p.m. in a recreation yard inside a housing unit at the Westover facility, a state correctional department spokesman said. Both victims were taken to Peninsula Regional Hospital in Salisbury, where Tozzi Carter, 37, was pronounced dead. The injured inmate, identified as 32-year-old Dawntay Tobin, was also stabbed and was injured on his hand, shoulder and back. Maryland State Police and detectives from the correctional department were investigating the incident and interviewing suspects, the spokesman said.

- Liz F. Kay

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