Murder Ink: 14 murders over the past two weeks, 258 murders this year

This week's Murder Ink covers the past two weeks of murders. There were 27 murders in the past 30 days. Police continue to seize illegal guns and arrest people, and shootings continue anyway: 15 people within the last week shot non-fatally. Federal agents closed four city murder cases, revealed in an indictment that was quietly unsealed in June. Police closed two others by arrest.

Saturday, Aug. 5

An autopsy performed on Antonio Littlejohn, a 55-year-old African-American man who died on July 31, determined that he died because he had been shot back on October 18, 1991, in the unit block of N. Vincent Street. Police say the homicide case was opened and closed this year because the suspect, Lawrence Fleet, was himself murdered in 1991. Littlejohn is added to this week's murder list because police notified the public of the case this week.

Monday, Sept. 11

7:07 p.m. Ricardo Lyles, a 39-year-old African-American man, was near his home on the 300 block of S. Fulton Avenue when someone shot him more than once. Medics took him to Shock Trauma, where he was pronounced dead. His was the sixth homicide in the Carrollton Ridge neighborhood so far this year. Last year there were four. In 2015: two.

Wednesday, Sept. 13

1:09 a.m. Daivon Evans, a 32-year-old African-American man, was on the 600 block of Poplar Grove Street, a block from his home, when he was attacked and beaten by several males wielding what police called "a blunt force object." He staggered toward home and collapsed on the grass on the 700 block of Poplar Grove, where police and medics found him. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

9 a.m. Police called to the rear of the East Coast Greenway, the access road that runs in front of Port Discovery about a block from police headquarters, found Jessica Gibson, a 35-year-old Caucasian woman who had no fixed address, dead behind some large shipping pallets. She had "trauma to her body," according to police; the medical examiner has ruled her death a homicide. On September 18, police announced they had arrested James House, an 18-year-old African-American man, and charged him with the murder. They say House confessed.

Saturday, Sept. 16

5:32 p.m. Shawn Armstrong, a 31-year-old African-American man, was on the 2700 block of Boarman Avenue, with another man the same age, when both were shot multiple times. They made it to a hospital, where one man, shot in both legs, was expected to survive. Armstrong, of the 2800 block of W. Coldspring Lane, was hit in the body, and died. He was the eighth person killed in the Central Park Heights neighborhood this year. Last year there were six. In 2015: six.

Sunday, Sept. 17

2:18 p.m. Branston Lewis, a 32-year-old African-American man, was on the 1400 block of Mount Street when someone shot him. He died. He was the eighth person killed in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood this year so far. Last year there were eight. In 2015 there were 14 murders there.

Tuesday, Sept. 19

5:50 p.m. Rahine Doughtry, a 43-year-old African-American man, was on the 200 block of N. Bond Street, around the corner from his residence on May Court, when someone shot him in the chest and ran away. Two associates rushed him to a hospital as police converged on the scene, but Doughtry was dead. His was the third murder in the Dunbar-Broadway neighborhood this year.

8:03 p.m. Darnell Rice, a 30-year-old African-American man, was on the 1900 block of Maryland Avenue when someone shot him. He died at Maryland Shock Trauma. He had resided on the 2100 block of Riding Crop Way.

Thursday, Sept. 21

7:15 a.m. Robert Bridgeman, a 27-year-old Caucasian man, was on the 1400 block of Darley Avenue when someone shot him multiple times in the chest and stomach. He died. Police say witnesses reported hearing shots but saw nothing. Bridgeman had lived on the 3200 block of Joppa Road.

Friday, Sept. 22

11:15 p.m. Kevin Bailey, a 43-year-old African-American man, was on the 4300 block of Reisterstown Road when someone shot him in the chest. Police patrolling nearby heard several shots and rushed to the scene. Medics got Bailey to a hospital but he was gone. Police believe he was shot in a robbery attempt.

Saturday, Sept. 23

2 a.m. Earnest Brown, a 48-year-old African-American man, was on the 500 block of N. Curley Street when someone shot him in the torso. He died shortly thereafter at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Police have no witnesses or motive. They say Brown lived on the 400 block of N. Clinton Street, about six blocks across Ellwood Avenue Park. His was the third homicide in the Ellwood Park neighborhood this year.

5:25 a.m. Michael Cudnik Jr., a 22-year-old Caucasian man, was on the 1900 block of Griffis Avenue in Morrell Park when someone shot him in the head. Cudnik lived on the 3300 block of James Street.

6:40 a.m. Jeima Bell, a 29-year-old African-American man, was near his home on the 2400 block of Etting Street in Penn North when someone shot him in the chest. He died soon after at Shock Trauma. He was the fifth person murdered in Penn North so far this year.

Monday, Sept. 25

8:16 a.m. A man who police have not yet identified publicly was found in the rear of the 6100 block of Shipview Way in O'Donnell Heights. He was dead, with "signs of trauma." He was the third person murdered in O'Donnell Heights this year. Last year there was one. In 2015: 0.

Updates

Police announced they arrested Sean Morris, a 28-year-old African-American man, on the 400 block of Font Hill Avenue and charged him with the Aug. 30 murder of Troy Gladney, a 40-year-old African-American man, on the 700 block of Kevin Road.

On Sept. 23, a BPD warrant squad and SWAT team arrested Eric Jones, a 52-year-old African-American man, on the 900 block of N. Eutaw Street. Jones was charged with the Sept. 3 murder of George Yurek, a 52-year-old Caucasian man who police found with massive head trauma in an alley on the 1000 block of Brentwood Avenue. Yurek told police he had been beaten the night before, then died. Jones was also wanted on warrants for first degree assault and failing to register as a sex offender.

According to a second superseding indictment in the federal case against the Murdaland Mafia Piru gang, a Bloods set based in Northwest Baltimore, the gang's boss, Dante Bailey (aka "Gutta") murdered Murdaland Mafia Piru member James Edwards, aka "Bangout," using the same .40 caliber firearm he had discharged at the BP gas station a few days before, shooting at three men who were pumping gas.

In the same federal indictment against Dante Bailey and members of the Murdaland Mafia Piru Bloods set, prosecutors say fellow gang member Dontray Johnson killed Brian Johnson, AKA "Nutty B," because Brian refused to pay gang dues.

In the indictment, prosecutors also allege that Bailey and fellow gang member Jamal Lockley killed Anthony Hornes, a 34-year-old African-American man, on April 28, 2016, because they falsely believed he was responsible for the murder of Maurice "Mookie" Braham.

Federal prosecutors also allege that Bailey "directed the murder of Ricardo Johnson based on the belief that he was cooperating with law enforcement. On or about August 10, 2016, Sydni Frazier and one or more co-conspirators abducted, bound, and murdered Johnson, and then attempted to set his body on fire. Later that day, Frazier fled from police and discarded two murder weapons—a Smith & Wesson 9mm . . . and a Taurus 9mm" handgun.

Murders these past two weeks: 14

Murders this year: 258

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