Crime Briefs


December 09, 2009

E. Baltimore man sought in Parkville attempted murder

Police were looking Tuesday for an East Baltimore man they suspect of trying to kill another man during a robbery gone awry last month in Parkville. Brandon Michael Thornton, 27, is accused of attempted murder in the shooting of a 33-year-old Baltimore man on the night of Nov. 8 outside the Welcome Inn on Loch Bend Drive. A man told police that two men had tried to rob him in the parking lot and fired several shots at him, but missed. Police described Thornton as black, 6 feet tall and weighing about 200 pounds. He has a tattoo that says "CHP" over his left eye and teardrops under the same eye. Baltimore County's newly appointed police spokesman, Lt. Robert McCullough, said that because the current case was still being investigated he could not discuss the second suspect.

- Nick Madigan

Ex-city officer gets suspended sentence in assault on girl

A former Baltimore police officer received a five-year suspended sentence this week and was ordered to refrain from unsupervised contact with children after pleading guilty in September to second-degree assault. Troy Jaquan Gee Sr., 34, had been charged in Baltimore Circuit Court with child sexual abuse for allegedly fondling a 13-year-old relative in March 2008. The girl reported the incident to police, and Gee was suspended without pay from the Police Department upon his arrest. He has since resigned.

- Tricia Bishop

Second suspect arrested in 2005 slaying, robbery

A second suspect in a 2005 Howard County homicide has been arrested and is awaiting extradition from Washington state. Alvaro Ramirez, 29, who was arrested Monday in Yakima County, faces charges of first- and second-degree murder, armed robbery and theft of Juan Miguel Gonzales, a 51-year-old West Friendship man who was found Oct. 19, 2005, fatally stabbed in his home in the 13000 block of Frederick Road. Joel Nunez Valles, 36, formerly of Columbia, was recently extradited from Mexico and charged with first-degree murder, first-degree assault and armed robbery in Gonzales' death. Gonzales, also known as Abolina Avila, was found in his home. Ramirez, who was living near Yakima when he was arrested, is being held at a local detention center pending extradition.

- Don Markus

Man hurt in 2008 dies; shooting death reclassified

City police say a man wounded in a prior year has died, while a separate homicide was removed from the total after investigators determined that a person was killed in an act of self-defense. Shannon Colbert, 32, of the 2200 block of Homewood St. was found lying on a sidewalk in the 1400 block of E. Preston St. on Aug. 14, 2008, with a gunshot wound to his side and wrist. On Nov. 24, police were notified by Johns Hopkins Hospital that Colbert had died. Police could not immediately provide a cause of death. Colbert is the sixth person since late November added to this year's homicide count who was injured in prior years. Police also said that the Nov. 15 shooting death of 18-year-old Josue Zelaya has been ruled accidental. A 19-year-old man, Roque Ramirez, faces manslaughter charges in connection with the shooting, which occurred in the 400 block of N. Glover St.

- Justin Fenton

Baltimore police identify victims in fatal shootings

City police were investigating the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man found Saturday on the floor of an East Baltimore grocery store. Corey Jones, 20, of the 900 block of N. Montford Ave. was found on the floor of the A&A store suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman. Jones was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 7 p.m. Jones had prior handgun and drug convictions, according to court records. Meanwhile, police identified the victim of a fatal shooting Nov. 30 in the 1100 block of Whitelock St. as Antoine Ennis, 37, of the 2300 block of E. Madison St. Ennis had several convictions for drug dealing, court records show.

- Justin Fenton

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