Murders this Week: 6; Murders this Year: 46

Another rash of murders

-six in two days-followed another blessed lull last week, as Baltimore saw no homicides at all between March 20 and 24. With 46 so far this year, the city is still seven ahead of last year's count. Police put extra patrols on the west end last week to try to tamp down the killing there. There have been 15 murders in the Western District so far this year.


Monday, March 18

9:41 A.M. Northern District police found D'Andre Thomas, a 25-year-old African-American man, in his house on the 2700 block of Fox Street. He had been shot in the abdomen. He was taken to Shock Trauma, where he died at 1:27 P.M. The next day, police arrested Benny Davis, 24, an African-American man who lives on the 3500 block of Elmora Avenue. He was arrested on the 1200 block of East North Avenue and charged with first-degree murder and handgun crimes.

12:21 P.M. Two and a half hours later, Southwestern District police got a call for a shooting on the 3000 block of Windsor Avenue. There they found Gerald Commodore, a 22-year-old African-American man who lived less than four blocks away on the 3000 block of Mondawmin Avenue, shot in the head. He was sent to Shock Trauma, where he was pronounced dead.

Tuesday, March 19

9:13 A.M. Western District officers discovered three shooting victims in a two-family house at the corner of North Fulton and Parkwood avenues in the Parkview/Woodbrook neighborhood. Brian Powell, a 21-year-old African-American man, died an hour later at an area hospital. Police say he lived in the upstairs apartment. He was found there with two African-American women: Kishawna Pinder, who was just a few days short of her 22nd birthday and lived on the 1900 block of Mosher Street; and Tyreka Martin, also 21 years old, an African-American woman who lived on the 5200 block of Cordilia Avenue. Police say unknown suspects came in, shot them, and fled.

6:45 P.M. Just before sundown that same day, Murray Ray, a 34-year-old African-American man, was walking on the 300 block of Wilson Street when another African-American man walked up to him, shot him with a handgun, and ran away. Central District police responded to the shooting. Ray's last known address was in the 1500 block of Mosher Street, police say.


On Friday, March 22, a U.S. Marshals task force arrested a Baltimore murder suspect in Winston-Salem, N.C. Michael Wesley is accused of stabbing Rachel Curtis, 31, who was found March 14. He allegedly torched a car to try to destroy evidence of the crime. U.S. Marshal Mike Potter, who supervised the task force that captured Wesley, says Wesley was under surveillance at a house when he made his way to a bus station. There four marshals removed some of their gear to try to get to Wesley "without making too much of a scene." But Wesley saw the lawmen coming and ducked out the back door, down an alley, and into a restaurant where, Potter says, "he was making his way toward the back to try to go out through the kitchen" when the deputy marshals caught up to him. Wesley, who police say has a history of domestic violence, faces first-degree murder charges.