Authorities believe last August's killing of a man found bound and shot 21 times in the back of a van in Westport is connected to a Bloods gang whose members were targeted in a large federal indictment last year, according to new court documents.
The body of Ricardo Johnson was found on Aug. 10 in a van parked by the light rail tracks in the 2200 block of Kloman St. in the South Baltimore neighborhood. An agent of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives wrote in court documents that Johnson, 47, of Randallstown, had been abducted at about 2:30 a.m. that day. He was found bound at the hands and feet and blindfolded.
The ATF agent said a confidential source told homicide detectives that Johnson recently had gotten into a fight with a man known as "Huggie," who authorities say is Dwight Jenkins, one of 24 members and associates of the Murdaland Mafia Piru who were indicted on drug and racketeering conspiracy charges in September.
In the months leading up to Johnson's death, investigators had been monitoring Jenkins' phone using a wiretap, including one conversation in which Jenkins told an associate that he had a dispute with a "Rick."
"I swear to God, I'm a hurt this n----," Jenkins said on the call, according to authorities.
"Say no more," the associate reportedly replied.
On Aug. 19, the alleged leader of the Murdaland Mafia Piru, Dante Bailey, made a call from jail that was recorded in which Bailey said to the associate, "I heard about your uncle." Someone in the background laughed and said, "They was trying to catch the light rail," which authorities said in court documents they believe is a reference to Johnson's being found near the light rail.
The allegations are contained in a federal complaint charging 23-year-old Sydni Frazier with a weapons violation. Authorities wrote that on the evening after the killing, Frazier was pushing a dirt bike when members of the dirt bike task force attempted to stop him. He fled, abandoning the bike, a backpack and gloves he had been wearing.
Inside the backpack, investigators found two loaded 9 mm firearms. In December, the crime lab found that casings recovered from where Johnson's body matched the two guns, the ATF agent wrote.
The crime lab found Frazier's DNA on the inside of the gloves and DNA belonging to Johnson on the outside, records show. Authorities said in the complaint that Frazier is believed to have sold drugs "for, and under the supervision of" Jenkins.
Neither Jenkins nor Frazier has been charged in connection with Johnson's murder. Michael Montemarano, an attorney for Jenkins, who's awaiting trial in jail on the federal drug and racketeering charges, could not be reached for comment Monday evening.
Frazier was charged by federal complaint in connection with the handguns as the investigation continues. He has three pending cases in Baltimore Circuit Court. One is for an assault in January and two are two drug cases from last May and August. His attorney in two of those cases, Michael Tomko, said he had not seen the federal allegations and could not comment.