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Haven't seen girl, ex-pen pal tells police Woodlawn girl, 16, missing. Friend held in May 6 slaying.


A West Baltimore teen-ager, being sought in the disappearance of a 16-year-old Woodlawn-area girl missing since Friday, was arrested today in Southwest Baltimore on an outstanding murder warrant, city police say.

But when police questioned Richard Towson, 17, who was arrested at the home of a friend in the 4600 block of Manordene Road, he claimed he had not seen the girl recently and there was no sign of her at the house. The girl, Chanell N. Clanton, of the 7200 block of Oak Haven Circle, remained missing today.

Police said the girl was a pen pal with Towson when he was serving a prison sentence on a handgun violation. Towson has since been released from prison and is on probation, according to Department of Parole and Probation records.

The teen-age girl was last seen getting on a Mass Transit Administration bus about 3 p.m. Friday after leaving City College in northeast Baltimore. She was expected at the home of an aunt, but did not arrive.

She called the aunt twice Friday evening, police said, once early and again at 11 p.m. She said she was at Security Mall and was going to come over but had no cab fare.

Baltimore County police also learned today that the girl is five months pregnant. Towson is not believed to be the father.

Towson called the girl's mother just after midnight this morning after a friend told him police were seeking him in connection with her disappearance. Towson told her mother that he had nothing to do with her disappearance, police said.

Towson told police he had not seen the girl since she was reported missing, but county police planned to question him further.

Towson was charged in a warrant with first-degree murder and a handgun violation in the May 6 fatal shooting of Sterling Ingram, a 30-year-old married father of three, during a robbery at a carryout in the 1800 block of Edmondson Ave. in West Baltimore.

Troy D. Friend, 18, of the 600 block of Brice St., also was charged in the killing.

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