Police say man charged in barbershop killing investigated for alleged illegal utility work

A dispute over illegally restoring power led to barbershop killing, police say.

Baltimore police allege in court documents that the man accused in a fatal shooting Tuesday in a city barbershop was also being investigated by Baltimore Gas & Electric for illegally restoring power to BGE customers — and that the victim had reported the activity to the utility company.

Andre Mosby, 31, of the 3300 block of Brighton St. is charged in the fatal shooting of 45-year-old Kenneth Collins, who was gunned down Tuesday as he closed up Rod's Barbershop in the 2400 block of E. Monument St. in East Baltimore.

Police allege another suspect pulled the trigger but say Mosby "was an integral member of the planned conspiracy to shoot and kill" Collins, charging document state.

A second man, 30-year-old Ignatius Lawrence Jr., has also been charged in the case, online court records show. Lawrence, of the first block of N. Abingdon Ave., was charged Thursday and arrested Friday, records show.

Charging documents in the case state that Collins had been having a dispute with "the BGE dude," whom police identified as Mosby. Police say a BGE security specialist had been investigating Mosby for allegedly restoring power illegally to Collins' residence, as well as others.

According to charging documents, BGE investigators met with Collins, asking him how he had his power restored, and Collins gave them the name "Andre," police said.

In charging documents, police said they determined that "this had caused a rift between Mr. Collins and the defendant."

BGE spokesman Justin Mulcahy said in an email that Mosby is not an employee of the utility, but had been employed by a BGE contractor in 2014.

Mulcahy said BGE is "cooperating with the Baltimore Police Department in its ongoing investigation," and referred additional questions to police.

Charging documents indicate that video from City Watch cameras shows two men before the shooting and then shows them after, fleeing the scene together. A witness outside the barbershop during the shooting identified Mosby through a photo array, police said.

Records indicate that Mosby was convicted of a theft scheme in 2007 and received 18 months' probation. Lawrence was previously sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2001 for robbery with a deadly weapon, and six years in prison for drug distribution in 2009, according to court records.

Neither man had an attorney listed in online court records, and both were being held without bond at Central Booking.

Collins' family and friends held a candlelight vigil outside the barbershop Friday night, recalling him as a "community guy" who helped others and gave advice. Family members said Collins had been a barber for 10 years and had worked at the shop for the past four.

Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton contributed to this article.

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