Murder Ink: 8 murders this week, 134 murders this year

Three murders that City Paper learned of last Monday afternoon are included in this week’s count. Police Commissioner Anthony Batts announced a drug sweep of alleged violent offenders, and hours later the capture of two suspects in the sexual assault and murder of a 16-year-old girl. The pace of killings is still far beyond anything the city has seen in more than a decade.

Monday, June 8

12:07 a.m. School police on patrol came across Elery Hudson, a 36-year-old African-American man, lying in the middle of Edison Highway on the 1100 block at the border of the Madison Eastend neighborhood and the Orangeville Industrial Area. The cops called for medics, figuring Hudson had been run over by a car. Then they noticed he’d been shot. Hudson died a short time later at a hospital. Police say he resided seven miles from where he was shot, on the 2600 block of Oswego Avenue.
4:46 a.m. Less than five hours after Hudson was found, police responding to a call for a man lying on the street in front of the Curtis Bay Elementary School on the 4300 block of West Bay Avenue found Andrew Powell, a 47-year-old African-American man who police say had “no fixed address.” Powell was dead, and police have not said how he died, but the case is classified as a homicide.
11:08 a.m. Antoine Johnson, a 26-year-old African-American man, was on the 600 block of Aisquith Street in back of the Old Town Mall when someone shot him and another man. Johnson was hit in the chest and died soon after at a hospital nearby. The other man was shot in the leg and is expected to survive. Police say Johnson’s last known address was on the 500 block of Bouldin Street. Writer D. Watkins memorializes Johnson, aka FMG Twizzle, on page 30. He was a rapper associated with Flawless Music Group.
Thursday, June 11
7:56 p.m. Jamon Corprew, a 38-year-old African-American man, was shot in the head and body while on the 4800 block of Frederick Avenue, in the Tremont neighborhood of Southwest Baltimore. Police, who had been called to investigate a person with a gun, heard the shots and found Corprew, who was taken to a hospital and died soon afterward. Corprew had resided on the 4700 block of Williston Street, a few blocks from where he was killed.
Friday, June 12
2:54 a.m. Two men on the 1100 block of Franklintown Road, near Leon Day Park, were shot in the head and torso. Police have not yet identified either man publicly. Both died soon after at a hospital.
5:48 p.m. Steven L. Bass, a 33-year-old African-American man, was on the 2200 block of North Fulton Avenue, a few blocks north of North Avenue where it intersects with Pennsylvania Avenue, when someone shot him multiple times. Police say they have no suspect or motive at this time. Ball had resided on the 800 block of North Gilmor Street, about a mile and a quarter south of where he fell.
Sunday, June 14
2:19 a.m. Michael S. Montgomery, a 50-year-old Caucasian man whose address police say is in Cockeysville, was on the 700 block of Glenwood Avenue in the Woodbourne-McCabe neighborhood of North Baltimore when someone shot him in the back. Police found him there and medics got him to a hospital, where he died.
On Friday, June 12 Commissioner Anthony Batts announced the arrests of two men in the Arnesha Bower murder. John Childs and Adonay Dixon planned to burglarize Bower’s home because her grandmother had a job and two cars, according to the documents the department released. But Childs ended up killing her and lighting her body on fire to try to cover the crime. Childs confessed to his involvement and implicated Dixon, according to the arrest affidavit released by police. They stole a laptop, an iPad, and $40 cash.
The department named the police involved in the June 7 shooting of an alleged armed man, who they say is 23 years old and listed in stable condition in a hospital. The police are: Sgt. Alfredo Santiago, 38, a member of the department since 2006; Officer Lane Eskins, 43, who joined the force in 2001; Officer Catherine Filippou, 25, who has been a member of the Baltimore Police Department since 2010; and Officer Israel Lopez, 25, who joined the department in 2012.
Last week the department sent the names and birthdays of people killed since June 1 who they had not identified publicly. Here are those City Paper had not previously published: The 2-year-old boy who was found not breathing on May 7 on the 3300 block of Mondawmin Avenue was named Montez Parker. On June 2, shortly after midnight, Gerald Smith, a 17-year-old African-American boy, was shot to death on the 3500 block of Parklawn Avenue. At 2:04 a.m. Tony Moody, a 53-year-old African-American man, was gunned down near where Gold Street and Madison Avenue meet. At 5:35 p.m. that same day Rodney Brooks, age 14, was killed on the 500 block of North Edgewood Street. At 10:58 p.m., still on June 2, Calvin Bryant, a 22-year-old African-American man, was killed on the 5200 block of Eugene Avenue. On June 6 at 1:15 p.m. Malcolm Rodgers, 38, was murdered on the 500 block of Dolphin Street. And on June 7 just before 5 a.m. Kevin Jones, a 22-year-old African-American man, was killed while on the 5200 block of Park Heights Avenue.