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Murder Ink

Murders this Week: 6; Murders this Year: 97

Monday, June 4

12:27 a.m. A police officer was on patrol in the 3600 block of Beehler Avenue when he heard gunshots. He turned back down the street and a man came up to the officer and said that his brother had been shot. Donnie Robinson, a 23-year-old African-American man, was found inside his home in the block. He had been shot in the head repeatedly. He was taken to a city hospital, where he died the next day at 5:50 p.m. This is the sixth murder in Central Park Heights, currently the most murderous neighborhood in the city.

10:46 a.m. Customers walked into Sully’s Seafood and Subs at 5514 Belair Road and found the owner, Michael Sullivan, a 55-year-old Caucasian man, lying on the floor. Sullivan had been shot numerous times and was dead. Three Caucasian people have been murdered in Baltimore this year, according to the 2012 homicide count.

9:25 p.m. That night, Charles Goodman, a 23-year-old African-American man, was standing in the 3400 block of East Lombard Street with a 20-year-old African-American man and a 15-year-old African-American male. Two people rode up to them on bikes. One dismounted from a bike and started shooting at the trio. Goodman was hit in the torso and collapsed on the sidewalk. The 20-year-old was shot in the thigh and the 15-year-old received a graze wound to his upper left thigh. Both were able to run from the scene and were treated at an area hospital and released. Goodman was taken to a local hospital but died at 11:11 p.m.

Tuesday, June 5

12:22 a.m. Three hours after the triple shooting that left Goodman dead, Thomas Mattox, a 26-year-old African-American man, and his friend Leon Thornton, a 22-year-old African-American man, were sitting on the porch of Mattox’s home in the 4400 block of Pall Mall Road talking. Family inside the home heard several gunshots. When they opened the front door they found both men had been shot several times, and they called 911. Mattox and Thornton died before they could be taken to a hospital.

Friday, June 8

11:38 p.m. A 19-year-old African-American man was walking in the 400 block of East 21st Street in Barclay when a car pulled up in front of him. A passenger got out of the car and shot the man several times. He died at an area hospital less than an hour later. Police are waiting to confirm the man’s identity before releasing his name. This is the 19th murder in the Eastern police district this year. The Eastern is the smallest police district in the city and, as of press time, has the most homicides.

Updates:

According to the Baltimore Police Department, the charges against Dontae Crawford, a 31-year-old African-American man, were upgraded to murder on May 16. Crawford was initially charged with attempted murder for the Aug. 23, 2010 shooting of Mark Day, a then 43-year-old African-American man. Day died on March 14, 2012.

On May 21, Emmanuel Adams, a 34-year-old African-American man, was charged with the March 19 murder of Dominic Thornton, a 37-year-old African-American man. Thornton was shot numerous times while driving a car in the 6400 block of East Pratt Street. Adams was already in jail when the warrant was served.

Emanuel Fowlkes, a 35-year-old African-American man, and his sister Temeka Clark, a 26-year-old African-American woman, were arrested on June 3 for the murder of Antonio Mattison, a 42-year-old African-American man. Mattison was stabbed numerous times on June 2 after getting into a fight with Fowlkes and Clark at the boardinghouse in the 1200 block of East Lafayette Avenue where Mattison and Fowlkes lived.

On June 4, police charged Sean Randall, a 19-year-old African-American, with the murder of Lacy Lamb, a 19-year-old African-American man. Lamb was playing video games in the basement of a home in the 1600 block of East 32nd Street on May 13 when he was shot in the chest through the basement window. Randall, who was already in jail when he was served with the warrant for Lamb’s murder, has also been charged with a nonfatal shooting about a block away in the 1600 block of Chilton Street on the same day.

Syron Abdullah, a 21-year-old African-American man, pleaded guilty on June 5 to robbing and murdering Jhoma Blackwell, an 18-year-old African-American woman. Blackwell was stabbed 32 times in the head, torso, and arms in her bedroom in the 2600 block of Huntingdon Avenue in Remington on March 29, 2011. Two game systems and games were stolen from her house. One was found at Abdullah’s home. He pawned the other for $100. Abdullah was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Kevin Whittington, a 44-year-old African-American man, was arrested on June 6 for the murder of Ettice Jones, a 47-year-old African-American woman. Jones was discovered in the basement of a home in the 1200 block of Woodbourne Avenue on May 28, having been stabbed repeatedly.

On June 8, police arrested Kyle Williams, a 26-year-old African-American man, for the murder of Quinton Poindexter, an 18-year-old African-American man. Poindexter was shot to death near the playground of Windsor Hill Elementary/Middle School on May 4.

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