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Murder Ink

Murders this Week: 3
Murders this Year: 175

The man found shot to death in the middle of the street in the 2800 block of Woodbrook Avenue on Oct. 21 has been identified as Samuel Pinkney, an 18-year-old African-American man.

A death resulting from a 1998 shooting was added to the homicide rolls this week. At 5:25 a.m. on Feb. 1, 1998, police were called to the Mobil gas station near the intersection of York Road and Woodbourne Avenue at the edge of the Homeland neighborhood. A 1985 Chevrolet sedan had hit a pole protecting one of the gas pumps. The passenger, Kimberly Smith, a then 30-year-old Caucasian woman, had been shot in the neck and was dead. According to The Baltimore Sun, Smith was pregnant at the time. The driver, Richard Ford, a 30-year-old Caucasian man, was shot in the back and was taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma in critical condition. Ford survived. It appeared that they had been shot elsewhere and crashed at the gas station. On June 12, 1999, a witness came forward. The witness identified Shonte Robinson, an African-American man who was 21 at the time of Smith’s murder, as the shooter. According to the witness’ statement, Smith and Ford bought drugs from Robinson on Sheridan Avenue. The couple tried to drive away without paying, and Robinson shot inside the car, killing Smith and injuring Ford. The case was closed by exception because Robinson had been murdered on Nov. 11, 1998. Ford was treated in hospice care after the shooting but died as a result of his injuries on June 10, 2011, 13 years after the death of his girlfriend. His death has been added to Baltimore City’s homicide count for this year.

Monday, Oct. 31

6:45 p.m. Freddie Jones Jr., a 52-year-old African-American man, was shot in the chest in the Yau Bros. Chinese food carryout in the 2900 block of Greenmount Avenue. He was taken to an area hospital, where he died a half-hour later. Jones’ shooting, the fourth murder at Yau Bros. in the last three years, was caught on the carryout’s video camera. Police released footage of the lead-up to the shooting, which can be seen at tinyurl.com/7wc3aez. Jones was talking on his cell phone while waiting for his food. A male in a red hood and a male wearing a Santa Claus hat pushed a male in a red sweatshirt into the carryout. The males in the hood and hat were going through the male in the sweatshirt’s pockets in an attempt to rob him. At first, Jones did not appear to notice what was going on. Then, a male in a dark-colored hoodie entered and tried to go through Jones’ pockets in order to rob him. Jones pushed the robber away, and then the males in the Santa hat and the red hood turned to Jones. Jones tried to fend off the robbers, but the male in the red hood had a gun and shot Jones. Markell Jones, a 17-year-old African-American male who is not related to the victim, turned himself in on Nov. 3 and allegedly confessed to the murder.

Saturday, Nov. 5

8:34 p.m. An unidentified man was found lying in an alley off the 4100 block of Parkwood Avenue in Northeast Baltimore. He had been shot and died at an area hospital at 9:12 p.m. This is the 34th murder in the Northeastern police district, the most murderous in the city.

Updates

Twenty-two alleged members of the Dead Man Incorporated gang were indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 6. The indictment, which was unsealed Nov. 2, included four murders, three of which were in Baltimore City, in addition to federal racketeering and drug charges. Michael Forame, a 40-year-old Caucasian man, and John Adams, a 25-year-old Caucasian man, were indicted for the murder of James Flanary, a 23-year-old Caucasian man. Flanary was beaten and stabbed by a group of men in the 3900 block of Hanover Street in Brooklyn on Feb. 16, 2009. Three other men had been previously charged in connection with Flanary’s murder. Charles Gray, a 31-year-old Caucasian man who is named in other counts of the federal indictment, and Daniel Dubbs, a 26-year-old Caucasian man, pleaded guilty to assault on Jan. 7, 2010. Gray was sentenced to four years in prison. Dubbs still has not been sentenced according to court records. A third man was arrested in January 2010 but all the charges against him were subsequently dropped.

Perry Roark, a 42-year-old Caucasian man; Nicky Cash, a 46-year-old Caucasian woman; Dane Shives a 22-year-old Caucasian man; and John Adams were indicted for the murder of Tony Geiger, a 41-year-old Caucasian man. Geiger was shot in the head in Brooklyn on June 2, 2009.

George Treas, a 28-year-old Caucasian man; Timothy Mixter, a 35-year-old Caucasian man; Gregory Cook, a 36-year-old Caucasian man; John Zion, a 27-year-old Caucasian man; and John Adams were indicted for the murder of Eugene Chambers, a 20-year-old Caucasian man. Chambers was shot several times inside his home in Curtis Bay on Sept. 18, 2009. Police initially believed that Walter Milewski, a 31-year-old Caucasian man, who was murdered the next day in Baltimore County, was responsible for Chambers’ death. However, according to the federal indictment, Milewski was allegedly also murdered by members of Dead Man Incorporated.

Arteesha Holt, a 15-year-old African-American female, was sentenced on Nov. 2 to 20 years in prison for the murder of Jose Gonzales, a 44-year-old Hispanic man. Gonzales and another man were sitting on the steps of a house near Patterson Park on Aug. 13, 2010, when Holt, who was 14 at the time, tried to rob them. According to The Baltimore Sun, Gonzales and his companion laughed at Holt and she shot them both. The other man was only grazed and survived. Gonzales was shot in the head and died a week after the shooting.

For the latest on homicide arrests and convictions go to citypaper.com/murderink.

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