Suspect arrested in Oct. shooting of Coppin State track athlete

  • Michael Anthony Jones
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December 23, 2010|By Yeganeh June Torbati, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore police arrested a man Thursday morning who is suspected of shooting a Coppin State University track athlete while the student was headed to the grocery store in October.

Police believe 19-year-old Michael Anthony Jones of Walden Court in Woodlawn shot Dale Dunn, a 24-year-old Jamaican student on scholarship at Coppin State, on the evening of Oct. 26 in the Mondawmin neighborhood. Dunn was able to make it back to an apartment he shares with friends, who took him to the hospital.

Police arrested Jones at 7 a.m. Thursday at his job near BWI Thurgood Marshall International Airport, said Detective Kevin Brown, a department spokesman. Maryland Transportation Authority officers aided in Jones' arrest, according to Brown.

Jones was charged Dec. 8 with having a handgun in a vehicle. It was not immediately clear whether detectives then matched that gun to evidence recovered in the shooting of Dunn or how Jones was identified as a suspect. He is also facing separate drug distribution charges following an indictment in August.

After Dunn was shot, his teammates on the track team told investigators that he said he was shot by three people trying to rob him near Frederick Douglass High School. Brown said police were continuing their search for other suspects.

The day after the shooting, Dunn was conscious and attempting to speak, said the university's athletic director, Derrick Ramsey. He did not immediately return requests for comment Thursday.

Authorities plan to charge Jones with attempted murder and other related charges, Brown said.

Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton contributed to this article.

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