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Man charged in shooting, string of robberies in Southeast Baltimore

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Baltimore Police charged a man in connection with a recent string of robberies in the Southeastern District, one of which resulted in a man's being shot.

Police said Najee Gray-Johnson, 20, was arrested on Aug. 22 for an armed robbery in the 200 block of S. East Ave., one of 12 robberies reported that day in the Southeastern District.

On Aug. 18, in the unit block of S. Albemarle St., a man reported that he had been robbed by two persons while towing a 43-year-old man's car. The 43-year-old victim was shot in the forearm after he refused to comply with the robbers, who made off with an iPhone and a wallet, police said.

After Gray-Johnson was arrested in the Aug. 22 robbery, police said, he was interviewed about the Albemarle shooting and admitted his involvement, Detective Michael Vodarick wrote in court documents.

Court records show Gray-Johnson has been charged in at least six separate cases that occurred on Aug. 22, as well as charges of attempted first-degree murder and robbery for the Albemarle incident.

"The [Southeastern District] detectives did an excellent job," said Ruganzu Howard, a police spokesman. "Gray-Johnson has been charged with a string of robberies, and we are continuing to look at him for additional robberies."

Gray-Johnson, of the 600 block of Wildwood Parkway in Southwest Baltimore, is being held without bond. Attempts to reach an attorney were not successful. Court records show Gray-Johnson was convicted of armed robbery in 2010 and received a sentence of 18 years in prison, with all but five years suspended.

jfenton@baltsun.com

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