Murder Ink: 2 murders this week, 14 murders this year

Two murders, two accidental shootings, a hit-and-run pedestrian death, plus the arrest of Public Enemy No. 1

The city's death toll climbs slowly, and not all are called murders. A 4-year-old boy named Isaiah Deloatch shot himself to death in a house on the 400 block of North Athol Avenue, and that was ruled an accident. Darius Bradney, a 16-year-old African-American boy was shot to death in the Pedestal Gardens apartments and that was also ruled an accident after first being reported as a homicide. A hit-and-run driver killed a pedestrian, and that is not a murder either. Justin Nicolai, a 24-year-old white man,* was found lying in an alley near the 1400 block of Morris Street in the Madison Park neighborhood, and police say that he died of self-inflicted cut or stab wounds. Police also made several arrests, including one for a homicide, and shot Jawan Jerome Richards, a 23-year-old African-American man they said drove an SUV into a police car during a stop. Richards is expected to survive. Police seized a gun and drugs from the SUV.

Tuesday, Jan. 26

8:26 p.m. A 19-year-old man, who police have not yet identified further, was on the 3400 block of East Baltimore Street in the Baltimore Highlands neighborhood when someone stabbed him. He died soon after at a hospital.

Friday, Jan. 29

5:50 p.m. Lamont Raheem Malloy, a 24-year-old man, was on the 1200 block of Patterson Park Avenue when someone shot him. A citizen flagged down a police officer to report the shooting, and Malloy died soon after at a hospital.


On Jan. 27 police arrested Dontae Breeden, age 38, who they had dubbed "Public Enemy Number One." He is charged in the Dec. 28 murder of Rykeise Shaw, who was 18 when he was shot on the 1000 block of Greenmount Avenue.

*In a previous version of this story, due to an error in an update from the Baltimore Police Department, City Paper erroneously stated that this person was African-American. He is white. City Paper regrets the error.

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