Police arrest two brothers in Pikesville double homicide

Pair charged with murder after shootings sparked by dispute in bar, police say

May 31, 2011|By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun

A pair of brothers — one 35, the other eight years younger — were arrested Tuesday morning and charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of two men in a Pikesville parking lot after a dispute in a bar nearby.

Mario Linares, 35, of the 5900 block of Montgomery St. in Woodlawn and Fredy Linares, 27, of the 6900 block of Marsue Drive in Pikesville were being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center. They are accused of shooting two men shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday behind a row of businesses in the 1300 block of Reisterstown Road, a block from state police headquarters.

Guillermo Garcia, 30, and Antonio Guzman-Rangel, 33, both of the 3900 block of Clarks Lane in Pikesville suffered fatal gunshot wounds. Their deaths bring to 13 the number of homicides in Baltimore County this year, according to Cathleen E. Batton, a spokeswoman for the county Police Department. At this point in 2010, she said, there were nine homicides in the county, and a total of 20 during the year.

The manager and the owner of the Paradiso Italian Grill and Bar said they called police shortly before the shootings because they feared there might be trouble brewing among some of the patrons.

The owner — who gave only his last name, Rodriguez — said that no fight took place inside the restaurant and that the police had been called "to prevent the kind of thing that ended up happening." Rodriguez said he was unsure whether any of the men involved in the shooting had been in the restaurant earlier.

But police said the two suspects had been asked to leave the Paradiso "after getting into a physical altercation with the two victims." The suspects left the restaurant but returned to the block at closing time, according to an account released Tuesday by police. When the victims left the bar, the suspects confronted them in a parking lot a short distance away and Garcia and Guzman-Rangel were shot.

The restaurant is in a busy strip called The Alley Shops, where stores cater to, among others, the area's large Orthodox Jewish community. There are jewelry and liquor stores, a travel agency, a medical equipment supplier, a hairstylist and a tax consultant. Managers of the businesses said the area is usually safe.

"That's the first time I've heard of anything like this," said Gail Langrehr, who has worked in her family's office supplies store since 1967. "That doesn't happen around here. I was out of town, thank goodness."

Darryl Kemp, who owns a real estate and property management company, shook his head when asked whether crime — especially violent crime — was a problem in the area.

"This was strictly an isolated incident that took place," he said.

nick.madigan@baltsun.com

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