Baltimore police arrested a man yesterday who was free on bond in an attempted-murder case and charged him in the bludgeoning death of a New Jersey conventioneer in June at a historic Fells Point hotel.
Police apprehended Gary William Mick, 25, about 11 a.m. after a 12-hour stakeout of his mother's home in Anne Arundel County. They refused to reveal the location of the arrest, noting that an investigation is continuing.
Mick was charged with first-degree murder and a deadly weapons count. He was being held last night at the Central Booking and Intake Center, awaiting a bail hearing.
Police said Mick gave a statement about the killing of Christopher Williams Jones, 37, a pharmaceutical company employee from Metuchen, N.J. Jones was found dead of blunt force trauma June 30 in his room at the Admiral Fell Inn, where he was staying during a convention.
The room had no evidence of forced entry, but the victim's 1999 GMC truck was not on the hotel parking lot, and money and credit cards were missing from his wallet.
"We believe robbery was the motive for the homicide," said Col. John E. Gavrilis, the police department's chief of criminal investigation.
Jones and his killer apparently met socially in Baltimore the day of the killing, Gavrilis said. "For whatever reason, he let him into his hotel room," he said.
Police were led to Mick after his arrest Sept. 15 on attempted first-degree murder charges in an incident in Baltimore. Fingerprints collected at the two scenes matched, police said.
Police refused to disclose details of the attempted-murder charges, but said Mick had been released on bond.
City police officers arrested Mick when he arrived at the home. Police said they believed Mick has been living there recently.
Court records show that he also had lived on the 3200 block of North Charles St. in Charles Village. A day after the killing, the victim's truck was towed for parking violations four blocks from that address.
Pub Date: 9/26/99