Police Blotter is a sampling of crimes from police reports in Baltimore and Baltimore County.
Homicide victim named -- Police have identified the man whose badly beaten body was found Saturday evening under the Jones Falls Expressway near 41st Street as William Diven, 46, a homeless man. An autopsy showed Diven died from multiple blows to the body with an unknown weapon. No arrest had been made. Police said Diven was living under the highway and was found unconscious about 6 p.m. by another homeless man, who ran to a nearby house, where residents called police. Metro Crime Stoppers, 410-276-8888, is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment.
Arrest -- Patrick Wilkes, 23, of the 200 block of S. Bentalou St., who is being held at the Baltimore City Detention Center on an unrelated charge, was charged yesterday with first-degree murder and related offenses. Wilkes is charged with shooting Adrian Beasley about 2 a.m. May 5 in the 1300 block of Herkimer St. near Carroll Park. Beasley died a short time later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
Robbery -- A man posing as a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. employee entered a woman's house in the 3200 block of Kingsley St. about 3 p.m. yesterday, (assaulted her when she asked for identification and then robbed her of $15.
Robbery -- Two men attacked a man, 23, in the 1700 block of Gough St. about 9 p.m. Tuesday and robbed him of his mountain bike. The bike was valued at $300.
Arson -- Police were seeking the person who set fire to a 1999 Ford Taurus about 3 a.m. Tuesday while the vehicle was parked on the lot of a used-car dealership in the 500 block of Dundalk Ave.
Shooting/arrests -- A 30-year-old man was at Moline Circle and Sandalwood Road about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday when one of two men shot him in the lower body. Police said the man returned fire but missed his assailants. He was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center and released. Later, police pursued a car into Baltimore City and arrested its two occupants, charging them with attempted murder. Charged were Raymond Newman, 29, of the 1500 block of Northwick Road and Charles Forbes, 25, of the 1600 block of Hartsdale Road, both in Northeast Baltimore.
Burglary -- Someone broke into Verizon Communications in the 11100 block of McCormick Road between Sept. 6 and Sept. 10 and removed 20,300 feet of 22-gauge wire. The burglary was reported Tuesday.
Burglary -- A woman, 66, of the 7900 block of Brookford Court was asleep about 11 a.m. Tuesday when she was awakened by a man rifling through her bedroom dresser. The man fled the apartment when the woman cried out.