Police have arrested a man they believe is a Bloods gang member in the killing of a 16-year-old boy whose body was found this month beaten, stabbed and partially dismembered in the basement of a Northwest Baltimore rowhouse that had been set on fire.
Detectives said in charging documents filed in court that the suspect and victim were in the gang and got into a "heated argument which escalated into the victim being beaten and stabbed to death.
"After the victim's death, the defendant, along with possibly others, started to dismember the victim's body in the basement" of a house in the 2600 block of W. Cold Spring Lane, the documents state. Police said that the suspect set the house on fire to destroy the human remains.
The victim was identified as Brent D. Flanagan, who lived in the 4400 block of Pall Mall Road.
Detectives said yesterday that on Monday they arrested Nicholas Louis Brunson, 20, who lived in the same apartment building as the victim, and charged him with first-degree murder. He is being held without bail at the Central Booking and Intake Center.
Margaret T. Burns, a spokeswoman for the city state's attorney's office, said that prosecutors who pursue cases involving crimes of violence are increasingly dealing with suspected gang involvement.