Murder Ink

  This Week: 8
  This Year: 129

Police arrested four accused murderers last week in four different homicides, and one suspect in an attempted murder, Tyree Woodson, shot himself in the police station bathroom, according to police. Eight people were murdered last week, including several men in their 30s and 40s. The count is still lower than at the same time last year, by which time there were 146 murders.

Tuesday, Aug. 5


12:59 a.m. Bruce Paige, a 46-year-old African-American man, was on the 500 block of North Monroe Street when someone shot him multiple times. He was hit in the head and torso. Police and medics came; Paige was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police say Paige lived on the 1900 block of Saratoga Street, two blocks south in the Pennrose/Fayette neighborhood. The next day, police arrested Che Brandon McDowell, a 23-year-old African-American man, and charged him with the killing.

Thursday, Aug. 7

8:53 p.m. Jerome Marlowe Sr., a 73-year-old African-American man, was in his home on the 4100 block of Chatham Road in the Dorchester neighborhood when he was stabbed. He died the next day. Police say Marlowe's son, Jerome Jr., stabbed his father and his 31-year-old sister during a fight at the house. The sister, whose name the police did not release, was hospitalized in serious condition. Police charged Jerome Marlowe Jr. with murder, assault, attempted murder, and a variety of lesser charges. He reportedly said he stabbed his family members in self-defense. Court records show that Marlowe was last convicted of assault in 2002, and of telephone harassment in 1994.

Saturday, Aug. 9

2:18 p.m. Rodney Saunders, a 34-year-old African-American man, was on the 4100 block of East Monument Street, near the train tracks in the Orangeville neighborhood, when someone shot him in the head, killing him. Police say Saunders lived nine blocks east, which would put him in the Volunteers of America halfway house on the corner of Pulaski Highway.

10:41 p.m. A man, who police have not yet identified publicly, on the 1300 block of East Lafayette Avenue, in the Oliver neighborhood, was shot multiple times. He died on the street.

11:43 p.m. Southern District police called to the 1500 block of Marshall Street, in the SBIC  neighborhood, found Sara Harris, a 45-year-old Caucasian woman who had been stabbed multiple times inside her home. She was taken to a hospital where she died soon after. On August 11 they charged 57-year old William Thornsberry with her murder. "Investigators believe the suspect and victim were involved in a relationship together," according to the police press release. Thornsberry was held without bail.

Sunday, Aug. 10

12:10 a.m. Tashawn Roberts, a 30-year-old African-American man, was on the corner of Madison and Bond streets when someone shot him multiple times and fled. Roberts was taken to a hospital and listed in serious condition. Police updated the case the next day to say Roberts had died. His last known address was on the 800 block of Gilrubin Court, nearly four miles from where he was shot.

Monday, Aug. 11

12:25 a.m. Qurell Gittings, a 38-year-old African-American man, was on the 2900 block of Brighton Street when someone shot him in the head. Police and medics arrived; Gittings was taken to a hospital but he died later the same day.

12:38 a.m. Shante Arthur, a 42-year-old African-American man, was on the 6000 block of Belair Road when someone shot him multiple times. He was taken to a hospital where he died shortly afterward.


On July 31 police arrested Marquel Gaffney, a 21-year-old African-American man, and charged him with the double shooting and murder of Dominic Tales that had happened earlier that same day. The Baltimore Sun reported that Gaffney had been previously convicted of murdering 56-year-old Albert Smith in 2007, when Gaffney was 15. He is smirking in his mug shot.


On Aug. 5 police arrested Tyree Woodson, a 38-year-old African-American man, and were in the process of charging him in an attempted murder when, they say, he committed suicide with a gun he had smuggled in to the bathroom in the Southwest District police station. "We clearly have a lot of questions about how this could have transpired," Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said during a press conference that day, according to media reports. Woodson's fiancé and mother said they did not believe he shot himself.

Police announced that they had charged Juliun Jones-Joyner, a 21-year-old African-American man, with the Jan. 6 murder of Jonathan Terry. They say he is "one of the persons responsible for the shooting."