Reporter's tip leads to arrest of murder suspect


A suspect in Annapolis' first homicide of 1999 was in custody yesterday -- arrested about four hours after the fatal shooting when a newspaper reporter recognized him from a mug shot issued by city police.

John Thomas Logan, 21, who lives in the block where the shooting occurred -- the 1000 block of Monroe St. -- was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Wayne Dwight Addison, also 21, of the 100 block of Bright Water Drive in Annapolis.

The victim and the suspect -- who were seen arguing shortly before the shooting -- were known in the Eastport neighborhood and likely knew each other, said city police Lt. Robert E. Beans.

The victim was sitting in a taxi parked outside Sanky's Groceries, where witnesses heard a fierce argument and then gunshots while the driver was inside the store just before 8 p.m.

The driver -- whose name was not divulged by police -- returned to find Addison lying partly out of the driver's front door. Addison was pronounced dead a half-hour later at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Shortly after midnight, Annapolis Capital reporter Jeff Nelson, 33, who had returned home after covering the crime story, spotted the suspect.

The reporter recognized the man, whom he saw in the parking lot of his apartment building, and called police.

Logan was arrested -- unarmed -- in the 400 block of Burnside St.

"It was bizarre to do the story and see the guy," Nelson said.

Beans also expressed amazement: "In my 29 years, I've never seen anything like it -- a person working on a story make an apprehension."

Pub Date: 1/24/99

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