Police say slain man was former convict

Victim had served time for armed robbery

December 31, 2009|By Richard Irwin | dick.irwin@baltsun.com

Police on Wednesday identified a person fatally shot Tuesday night inside an East Baltimore carryout as a man who was recently released from jail after serving several years for armed robbery.

No arrest had been made and a motive was unknown in the slaying of Joseph Robert Beatty, 38, whose last known address was the 2300 block of Homewood Ave., a few blocks from where he was shot.

Police said Beatty was on his way to his mother's West Baltimore home when he entered the Jolly Tsang American and Asian Carryout in the 2300 block of Greenmount Ave. shortly after 9 p.m. and ordered food. His black late-model Cadillac was parked outside. Moments later, a gunman entered the carryout and fired shots, hitting Beatty at least once in the face before fleeing. Police said Beatty was taken by a city Fire Department ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died less than an hour later.

According to Circuit Court records, Beatty pleaded guilty to armed robbery in 2000 and was sentenced to 20 years, 10 of which were suspended. Police said Beatty was released from custody about two weeks ago.

Metro Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the slaying.

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