Saturday, July 7, 2012


Friday, July 6, 2012

Another Roland Park Flasher

Writes a reader,
"A man exposed himself to me in broad daylight on the 4th of July at Keswick and Upland Road ... 5:30 p.m., 60 feet from men with chainsaws ... Black, 5'8", short braids, little mustache, circumcised ... low-riding shorts... I flagged down a city work truck and called the cops, but they'll never catch him."
Oh, such cynicism!

Said reader was also relieved to add, as I was assuaged to hear, that though the perp had an erection, he was not stroking it. Ah, the 4th of July. And ps., it's never a bad time to visit the sex offender registry and search your zip code...

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Through Power Outages, Fallen Limbs, and Mind-Melting Heat, Crime Will Prevail

The 104th homicide of the year occurred Tuesday afternoon. Yarndragus Stanton, 26, was shot and killed in the 1400 block of East Preston Street. Stanton has a prior attempted murder arrest and several drug dealing convictions.*

A late-night shooting in the 3400 block of Mondawmin Ave. puts a 49-year-old man in the hospital.*

Gunfire in the 2700 block of Harford Rd. Sunday night left a car full of bullet holes and an unidentified man with non-life-threatening injuries.
Owen Bernstein at his dad's swearing-in, from WBAL
Ruh Roh, 22-year-old Owen Bernstein, the son of our very own State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein, was arrested again after some late night hijinks with a roommate, including an attempted "blood brother" ritual and an eventual brawl. Bernstein was charged with second-degree assault.  WBAL reports that in 2008, he was arrested for threatening a woman, forcing his way into a house and assaulting someone. He was convicted on drug charges and given a suspended sentence.

An arrest in the beating death murder of 44-year-old Darshewn Freeman. Antwan Conley (Pictured Right), age 38, was charged with first-degree murder for the argument-fueled homicide. Conley had previously received a 10-year sentence in 1994 after being convicted of second-degree murder.

This week's Murder Ink has a bevy of updates, including the identification of this year's 103rd murder victim Neal Gaines, 41. Also included in this week's update were several arrest announcements, including that of Shawn Stevenson, 41, charged with the murder of Sonchanh Sipayboun. Dontay Dorsey, 23, and Dontre Mitchell, 23, were charged in the June home invasion killing of Tavon Fredrick.

Not the hard-hitting trial we were all sort of hoping for... Perry “Saho the Ghost” Rourk,  42-year-old founder of the infamous Dead Man Incorporated prison/street gang has pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges. Rourk's plea agreement ensures that he'll be spending the rest of his life in a federal prison cell. Pictured right is Rourk giving the classic DMI pyramid hand symbol alongside fellow DMI member Felippo Santoni in an (illegal) jail house photo.

The shooting of a police officer has 32-year-old Franklin Gross preparing for a 30-year prison bid.

Two men were sent to prison for their respective roles in a series of street robberies. Davon Butler, 22, was given a 36-year sentence for a strong-armed robbery a few days before Christmas, while 22-year-old Terrance Garner received a 74-year sentence nearly killing a man as well as committing several robberies. 

If this year has had one definitive crime trend it's been police-impersonation related crimes. This time it's 26-year-old Joshua Brake, charged with pulling over and robbing a man of $900. 

Police are searching for several men wanted for a variety of different offenses. An as-of-yet unidentified man is wanted for his suspected role in the murder of 18-year-old Terrence Anderson. Police are hoping this very clear picture will help them apprehend a pharmacy robber. And authorities are on the lookout for home-detention escapee Eric Smith, 41. Smith was finishing up a five-year sentence for a robbery conviction. 

A Norland Road police raid nets several guns, over $11,000, and the arrest of 25-year-old Charles Wilson.

The murder of 30-year-old Tiffany Lynn Ragle, the woman found shot to death in an Essex apartment, has been solved. 19-year-old Darian Rashaad Walker had plotted for months to kill Ms. Ragle, and is now facing first-degree murder charges.

Finally, 20-year-old Woodlawn resident Jamal Lowell Carroll has been reported missing, so if you see him, please let the authorities know.