By Justin George and Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun
6:30 PM EDT, July 25, 2013
A 19-year-old man suspected of killing another man at a playground in Greektown this month was captured early Thursday.
Capone Chase, whom Baltimore police had publicized as the city's "Public Enemy No. 1," was arrested without incident about 4:45 a.m. in the 1500 block of Pennsylvania Ave. in the city's Upton neighborhood, police said.
According to an arrest warrant, Chase and another man lured 21-year-old Ramon Rodriguez to the 4600 block of Gough St. in Greektown on July 13, then made him kneel and empty his pockets before fatally shooting him.
"We highlighted him because he was responsible for a cold-blooded, calculated murder in the middle of a playground used by children," police spokesman Sgt. Eric Kowalczyk said.
The arrest warrant states that Chase was identified by witnesses as the killer, and Kowalczyk said detectives with the regional Warrant Apprehension Task Force found him through a deluge of tips the social media campaign helped generate.
Chase, who lived in the 100 block of S. Bouldin St., was charged with first-degree murder, assault, armed robbery, and gun and theft offenses. Court records did not list a current attorney and a phone message left at the home of his last known address was not returned.
Court records show Chase was charged with armed robbery in late February and had pleaded guilty to second-degree assault July 10. He received a sentence of five years, with four years, four months and 15 days suspended. Chase was released July 11, two days before Rodriguez was killed.
Chase was the second man to be given the designation of "Public Enemy No. 1" this summer.
On July 17, a task force including Baltimore police and the U.S. marshals arrested Darryl Martin Anderson, 25, in Alabama. He is charged in two murders, including a triple shooting in which one woman was killed and a second woman later died after being shot in the arm.
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