Man, 23, arrested in two fatal downtown shootings

Police investigating nine shootings or stabbings this weekend

  • Isaac Tyrell Truss
Isaac Tyrell Truss (Handout photo )
April 25, 2011|By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore police announced Monday that detectives have linked last week's fatal downtown shootings of a one man sitting on a bench and another in his apartment and said that a suspect has been arrested and charged in both cases.

Isaac Tyrell Truss, 23, who lives in the 900 block of Webb Court, just blocks from the crime scenes, was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with murder and robbery in the shooting of Edward Alfred Jones, 50.

Jones was shot about 3:30 Friday morning as he waited on a bench for a bus in the 200 block of W. Fayette St. CityWatch cameras captured that shooting, and witnesses identified Truss as the person who attacked Jones, according to court documents.

Police said they then charged Truss in Thursday's shooting of Keith Cooper, 47, a resident of a high-rise housing complex on West Conway Street near the Inner Harbor, according to charging documents.

Cooper and Truss were seen on security cameras entering the building together just before 1:30 a.m. Thursday, and Truss left by himself shortly after, according to charging documents. A ballistics comparison showed that the casings found in Cooper's apartment matched the .38-caliber handgun used to shoot Jones. Cooper's body was discovered about 9:30 a.m.

Truss confessed to shooting Cooper and admitted that the security camera images were of him, according to court charging documents.

Indications are that robbery was the motive for both shootings, said police spokesman Detective Kevin Brown, but detectives are still investigating.

After pleading guilty to a Baltimore County robbery in April 2010, the East Baltimore resident was sentenced to five years in prison with nearly four suspended. He was imprisoned in July and released in February, state prison officials said.

Baltimore police are also investigating nine shootings and stabbings from this weekend, including the fatal stabbing of a 22-year-old man as he left a West Baltimore restaurant with a carryout order late Saturday.

Tevon Corey Allen walked into Maryland General Hospital just before midnight and was pronounced dead at 1:05 p.m. Sunday, according to police. Based on the investigation, Allen went to a restaurant in the 500 block of N. Pulaski St. near West Franklin Street. As he left, Allen was approached by two people, one of whom stabbed him. Police have no suspects or motives, a spokesman said.

In addition, a 21-year-old man was shot Sunday while playing basketball in the 5200 block of Loch Raven Blvd.; he was driven to a hospital for treatment about 1 p.m. A 39-year-old man was also stabbed in the neck in the 1100 block of E. Biddle St. at 4:22 p.m. Sunday and was hospitalized, police said.

Police are also investigating the nonfatal shooting of a 41-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman at 8 p.m. Sunday. The two victims were found inside a home in the 2100 block of Cliftwood Ave., police said. No information about suspects or motive were available.

Brown, the police spokesman, also identified several victims of recent fatal shootings:

•William Edward Cann, 46, was shot at 11:09 a.m. Friday in the 1700 block of Homestead Ave. Officers found him in the alley behind that address. Cann was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:45 a.m.

•Brandon Littlejohn, 20, was shot in the 700 block of N. Calhoun St. and walked into Maryland Shock Trauma Center just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Police have not yet identified two victims found in a vehicle just after 2 a.m. Sunday in the 4200 block of Rokeby Road, nor a 25-year-old man who was shot multiple times just before 2 a.m. Sunday while sitting on his steps in the 4700 block of Sayer Ave.

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