Murder Ink 10/5/16: 5 murders this week; 236 murders this year

Five more homicides, one arrest made, as Baltimore murder rate continues to exceed the bounds of reason.

Baltimore was heading for a light murder week as the weekend ended, but then three people were killed on Sunday afternoon into Monday morning to keep up the vicious pace. This week, police also arrested a man for the May murder of a homeless Northern Virginia man in West Baltimore.

Monday, September 26

1:25 p.m. Patrick Dinkins, a 41-year-old African-American man, was found inside a house on the 500 block of N. Brice Street by police who were called to investigate a foul odor. He was dead and "in a state of decomposition." Police say Dinkins, who lived on the 2400 block of Mosher Street, had been stabbed in the torso. They are working to find witnesses.

Sunday, October 2

5:20 p.m. Jackson Bleier, a 22-year-old Caucasian man, was driving on the 600 block of Yale Avenue in the Yale Heights neighborhood, when someone shot him in the torso. He crashed his car, and police found him and got him to Shock Trauma, where he died. Police said they thought Bleier might have been in the area to buy drugs and was trying to drive away from a transaction when he was shot. He had lived on the 900 block of Light Street, according to police.

11:58 p.m. Darnell Poole, a 38-year-old African-American man, was on the 3400 block of Lyndale Avenue when someone shot him in the chest. A 21-year-old man was shot in the leg as well. Police called for the gunfire found the 21-year-old limping away, and two guns at the scene. Medics got Poole to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Monday, October 3

1:15 a.m. A man who police have not yet identified publicly was shot in the parking lot on the 2600 block of W. Patapsco Avenue. Police were called to the 2400 block of Marbourne Avenue and directed from there to the man, who was shot in the upper torso. The man died shortly after that at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Police are looking for witnesses.

UPDATE

Berney Perkins, a 61-year-old African-American man who was shot on April 17, 2011 while driving his car on the 3200 block of Vickers Road in the Hanlon-Longwood neighborhood, died on September 17, 2016. The medical examiner ruled the cause of death a homicide stemming from that shooting. Police say Perkins recovered but was unable to identify the shooter. The case remains open, now as a homicide.

Police have made an arrest in the May 27 stabbing death of Raymond Faircloth. On September 30 the warrant squad arrested Brandon Vines, age 30, of the 1600 block of N. Monroe Street, on the 1600 block of W. North Avenue, which is where they say he stabbed Faircloth. Vines is charged with first degree murder.

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