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Man is arrested in Middle River woman's slaying


The man suspected of being the gunman in last week's fatal shooting of a Middle River woman was arrested Tuesday night at his home in Lancaster, Pa., police said yesterday.

John Isaac Reed IV, 20, was being held in Lancaster County jail in lieu of $100,000 bail and is awaiting extradition proceedings. He was charged with being a fugitive from justice.

Another teen-age suspect in the shooting also was arrested Tuesday -- making a total of eight arrests in the case. Ottie Joseph Suprich, 19, of the 2700 block of Norland Avenue in Baltimore, was charged with being an accessory after the fact and is being held under $10,000 bail. He was apprehended near his home.

Baltimore County police said Mr. Suprich shared in the loot from the home of Kimberly Sue Ramsey, 32, who was shot in the head and chest Sept. 7 Thursday during a burglary. Based on information from other suspects, police believe Mr. Reed fired the three shots that killed Ms. Ramsey.

Lancaster County police said Mr. Reed has been convicted of theft, auto theft, escape, and possession of marijuana in Baltimore County since November 1993, and is on probation. He is unemployed.

Baltimore County police said Ms. Ramsey of the 300 block of Endsleigh Ave. was the victim of a plot by her stepson and others to burglarize her home. She was killed when she confronted the intruders after a window in the house was broken.

Her stepson, Roger Dale Ramsey Jr., 18, and his friends, Robert Scott Simmons, 19, Kimberly Michele Lange, 17, Jamie Arthur, 14, and Selena Wiatrowski, 18, have been charged with first-degree murder and are being held without bail.

Daniel Scheuerman, 18, has been charged as an accessory after the fact and his bail was set at $10,000 yesterday. Police said he shared in the loot.

Mr. Ramsey is listed by police as being employed as a laborer; Mr. Simmons is listed as a clerk in a supermarket. No information was available on whether the others are employed.

Court records show a battery charge in August against Ms. Wiatrowski, but there were no details on a resolution of the charge.

Police said that the burglary was planned by Mr. Ramsey and five other teen-agers in a Middle River townhouse rented by Ms. Wiatrowski. She allegedly supplied the gun and bullets that killed Ms. Ramsey. Mr. Ramsey and the others returned to the townhouse after the slaying to divide the loot, police said. He later told police his share was $200, according to court documents.

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