The man sought in the rape and fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old boy whose gagged body was found this week stuffed inside a closet of a relative's East Baltimore home was arrested late Thursday night, said a police spokesman.
Agent Donny Moses, the spokesman, said Dante L. Parrish, 35, of no fixed address was arrested without incident about 10 p.m. at a 7-Eleven store at Moravia Road and Truesdale Avenue in Northeast Baltimore by members of the Regional Warrant Apprehension Task Force.
FOR THE RECORD - Several articles published last week gave the incorrect surname of 15-year-old Jason Mattison Jr., who was killed Nov. 10 in an East Baltimore rowhouse. Police had initially given his name as Madison.
The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.
He could not say how police learned Parrish was at or near the store
Moses said Parrish was transported to police headquarters for interviews by detectives before he was taken to Central Booking and Intake Center, where he was formally charged with raping and fatally stabbing Jason "Jay" Madison Jr., whose body was discovered early Tuesday in the closet of his aunt's rowhouse in the 2400 block of Llewelyn Ave.
Parrish was being held without bail.
Police said the boy had been repeatedly stabbed in the head and throat with a box cutter found in the house.
Police described Parrish as a friend of the people who lived in the Llewelyn Avenue house and became a suspect shortly after the boy's body was discovered. About 3 a.m. Tuesday, police were at the house investigating a burglary. After police left, a resident of the house noticed blood in her mother's second-floor bedroom and called police after realizing the boy was missing.
Officers returned and found the body in a closet.
The teen was visiting relatives when he was killed, police said. It was not known how long Parrish had been in the house before Madison was killed.
Court records show Parrish was convicted in 2000 for a 1999 murder and served 10 years of a 30-year sentence. He won a new trial when a judge deemed his legal counsel had been "ineffective." In January, the state's attorney's office offered Parrish a plea deal that amounted to time served, and he was released, according to the city prosecutor's office.