The number of homicides in Baltimore moved past the 300 mark yesterday as police reported two more slayings.
Police said the 302nd homicide victim was Haywood Williams, 19, who was shot in the head about 12: 40 a.m. as he stood outside his home in the 1700 block of Aisquith St. They said he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The city's 301st homicide victim was Rufus Washington, 41, of the 2300 block of Allendale Road, whose decomposing body was found by police early Monday in woods at the edge of Gwynns Falls Park, near Cahill Recreation Center in the 4000 block of Clifton Ave. in West Baltimore.
Police said the state medical examiner ruled yesterday that Washington's death was a homicide from blunt force trauma.
Detective Carol Opher said police were led to Washington's shallow grave by an informant who told investigators that four men beat Washington at the victim's home on the night of Nov. 13 during an argument over money he owed one of them.
Yesterday, police arrested Michael J. Stewart, 25, of the 1700 block of Gwynns Falls Parkway and charged him with first-degree murder in Washington's death. Stewart was being held without bail at the Central Booking and Intake Center, Opher said. Three other men were being sought.
Also yesterday, police received a call about 11 a.m. about a body in the basement of a house in the 2300 block of Barclay St. and found the decomposing body of a woman in her 30s.
Officer Angelique Cook-Hayes, a police spokeswoman, said neighbors told police that the woman, a resident of the house whose name has not been released, was pregnant. Police ruled her death suspicious.
About 8 a.m. yesterday, a man fired on a group of people standing at a bus stop in the 2400 block of E. Fayette St., police said.
Latasha Davis, 16, of the 100 block of N. Milton Ave. was wounded in the left foot and right arm and ran to her home, police said, and was treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Pub Date: 12/23/98