Baltimore County police reveal arrests in homicide cases

Suspect in Essex shooting picked up a month ago; two others this month, in separate case

March 25, 2011|By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore County Police Department announced Friday several previously undisclosed arrests in county homicide cases.

Asked to explain the delays in releasing information about the arrests, the department's chief spokesman, Lt. Robert McCullough, said Friday evening that the homicide unit had "ongoing investigations and only recently provided us with [information] and permission to release it."

A 42-year-old New York man, Quincy Jackson, was charged last month with first-degree murder in the death Jan. 8 of Nathan Bowles in Essex.

Bowles, 41, was found with multiple gunshot wounds at an apartment complex in the 9800 block of Langs Road. On Friday, police said Bowles had been involved romantically with Jackson's wife.

"Her husband had previously threatened to kill the victim if he did not end the relationship," a police spokeswoman, Detective Cathleen E. Batton, wrote in a statement.

Jackson, who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., was arrested Feb. 25 and is awaiting extradition to Maryland.

The department also released the names of two people arrested in connection with a Feb. 18 killing. In that case, the victim was Vincent I. Thomas, 20, a Glen Burnie resident whose body was found in a field near Illinois Avenue and Annapolis Road in Lansdowne. He had been shot several times.

Keith Burgess, 23, who lives on McDowell Lane in Halethorpe, was arrested March 18, and Damonya Cook, 20, of Tall Pines Court in Glen Burnie, was taken into custody Tuesday. Both were charged with first-degree murder and were being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Investigators discovered that, several days before the killing, the victim and Cook had gotten into a fight at which Burgess was present. Detectives said they believe Thomas' killing was connected to that fight.

Police also issued a news release about the arrest of Jeffrey A. Gregory, 44, of the 400 block of E. Madison St. in Baltimore, who was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Gerardo E. Botello, 40. Botello's body was found on Jan. 5, 2009, on an Interstate 270 ramp in Montgomery County.

An investigation revealed that Botello was killed in Baltimore County, where authorities took control of the case in January 2010. Detectives found witnesses who reported that Botello was shot along York Road in Cockeysville and who identified the suspect, according to the Police Department's account released Friday. Gregory was ordered held without bail in the county detention center after his arrest on Feb. 4.

nick.madigan@baltsun.com

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