A 17-year-old has been arrested and charged with the Halloween night killing of an Army veteran and airport shuttle bus driver who was in a North Baltimore carryout getting dinner as three masked men robbed the corner establishment.
Markell Shelton Jones of the 2300 block of Westerwald Ave. was charged as an adult with first-degree murder, two counts of assault, armed robbery and several handgun counts. He lives about eight blocks from where the slaying occurred, in the Better Waverly neighborhood.
Detective Donny Moses, a city police spokesman, said Jones' parents turned their son in to authorities after seeing his picture taken from a surveillance video that captured the robbery at Yau Brothers, in the 2900 block of Greenmount Ave.
The youth's parents escorted their son to police headquarters on East Fayette Street and to the homicide unit, Moses said. The spokesman quoted the lead detective saying the gesture gave him a sense of "renewed hope" in a city saddled by drugs and violence.
Police are still searching for two other assailants in the killing of 52-year-old Freddie Jones, who was in the carryout talking on a cellphone when three masked men burst inside about 6:30 p.m. Monday. One was wearing a Santa Claus hat.
Jones was shot multiple times in the chest when he fought back against the attackers, according to police and the video. Two days after the shooting, homicide detectives canvassed the street searching for witnesses.
Monday's shooting was the fourth at Yau Brothers in the past three years. Two people were killed in a triple shooting there in March 2009 and a 72-year-old security guard at the Afro American newspaper was killed there in April last year. He too had been getting food and was shot during a robbery, that one netting the assailant $13.
The wife of the latest victim, Jones, was a cousin of one of two people convicted of killing the security guard.
Jones was a city bus driver until he became ill from diabetes, according to his niece, but took a job at BWI-Marshall Airport driving a shuttle bus when he regained his health. He frequented the carryout.
Monday's shooting prompted politicians to propose shutting down the carryout.