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Man, 18, charged in slaying of immigrant cook


An unemployed East Baltimore man has been arrested and charged with the murder of a Guatemalan immigrant who worked at a Little Italy restaurant and dreamed of becoming a U.S. citizen.

George Dennis McNeal, 18, of the 500 block of S. Collington Ave. was arrested and charged Friday with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Arcadio Guerra, 46, said Detective Dennis Raftery, the homicide investigator on the case.

Police declined to disclose the suspected motive for the slaying.

Detective Raftery said Mr. McNeal was found Friday in Baltimore County, where police were holding him on unrelated charges.

The handgun believed to have been used in the crime has not been found, police said.

Mr. Guerra was found Sept. 19 shot in the face, lying behind a bench near Patterson Park Avenue and Gough Street. Friends said he liked to walk through Patterson Park late at night after his shift cooking at Capriccio's, where he was known as a hard-working employee.

Mr. Guerra came to Baltimore in 1989 and had just a year to go before he could apply for U.S. citizenship. He lived in the 300 block of S. Washington St. with a girlfriend. The home is six blocks from where he was slain.

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