Teens charged in pizza shop killing also charged in 7-Eleven slaying

Fatal shots were fired after holdups were announced, police say

December 29, 2010|By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun

Two of four teenagers charged in the killing of a man during a holdup at a Glen Burnie take-out restaurant are now facing additional first-degree murder charges — this time in the summertime slaying of a clerk at a 7-Eleven in Glen Burnie.

Vincent Ethan Bunner, 17, of the 100 block of Dunlap Road in Pasadena and Shawn Anthony Johnson, 18, of the 7800 block of Windbourne Drive in Glen Burnie were charged Tuesday in the second fatal shooting, Anne Arundel County police said. Investigators are seeking a third person. Police made the announcement at a news conference Wednesday.

Maj. Edward Bergin, whose command includes criminal investigations, said he can't recall a similar situation in his 27 years on the police force. The crimes "disturbed the conscience of our residents," said County Executive John R. Leopold.

According to charging documents, people who knew Bunner and Johnson said both had admitted to taking part in the killing. After a bail hearing for Bunner, public defender William Davis, whose office is representing Bunner, questioned the credibility of those statements.

Youssef Kamal Erian Attia, 48, of Glen Burnie, was fatally shot during a predawn attempted robbery Aug. 9 at a 7-Eleven in the 7700 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard.

Attia was gunned down as he tried to run from three men who had entered the store and announced a robbery, according police. Called to the store about 3:30 a.m., officers arrived to find Attia with gunshot wounds to his upper body, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

7-Eleven is continuing to offer a $30,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Attia's killers, police said.

"He is a very good guy, a very nice guy," said the 7-Eleven's owner of 13 years, Hossam Abdelfatah. He said Attia worked there for about 21/2 years, and he is hoping to be able to help Attia's widow and three children. He said was pleased by the arrests. "It's not going to return Mr. Attia to life, but it is very good for the family."

Abdelfatah said he would like to close the store overnight, and that the community is supportive of that. He is talking with the 7-Eleven company, which, he said, generally keeps its stores open around the clock. He said the store has previously been the scene of late-night or early-morning robberies.

The teens charged in Attia's killing were also charged in a Nov. 12 slaying at Mr. Wings and Pizza in Glen Burnie.

Police said four men, two of them armed, walked into the store in the 7600 block of Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. at 9 p.m. and announced a holdup.

Misael Abdias Flores, 20, of Glen Burnie, who was in the shop talking with a female employee, told them to leave, but one of the would-be robbers fatally shot Flores, of Kuethe Road in Glen Burnie. Bunner and Johnson were arrested within a few days and charged with first-degree murder.

The others charged in Flores' killing are Willie Antonio McLean, 19, of the 100 block of Scott Ave. in Glen Burnie and Charles Butler, 17, of the 100 block of W. Edgevale Road in Brooklyn Park, police said.

The 17-year-olds are charged as adults.

All four youths are in the county jail, police said.

Bergin said Wednesday that officials believe Johnson is affiliated with the Bloods gang, and the other three are "wannabes," though Davis said Bunner had no gang aspirations. Johnson is awaiting trial in February on a charge of trespassing Nov. 11 at Glen Burnie High School, according to court records.

Charging paperwork said he was among about 10 people running through the buildings "looking to assault someone" despite having been told not to come back in September 2009, when he was charged with having a concealed weapon and trespassing.

Police say detectives used video surveillance recordings, searched homes and interviewed people before obtaining the arrest warrants Tuesday.


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