Killing linked to gang

The Baltimore Sun

A man whose burned body was found in Leakin Park in late December had been beaten unconscious, wrapped in a blanket and doused in gasoline after angering members of a powerful gang at a Northwest Baltimore motel in December, according to police.

With two arrests yesterday, four people - including three teenage girls - have now been arrested for their alleged roles in the crime, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

According to a source with knowledge of the case, 20-year-old Petro Taylor had failed to drop off $200 to a gang leader named "Sincere" who was being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Taylor was beaten in a room at the Red Carpet Inn, in the 5800 block of Reisterstown Road, where gang members had gathered for a party, the source said.

Taylor was taken to Leakin Park and was stabbed several times, then doused in gasoline and set on fire, Moses said.

Two days later, someone working on a sewer line in the park found his body and called police.

Grechauna Rogers, 16, of the 2900 block of Ridgewood Ave., was arrested last week and charged as an adult with first-degree murder and related offenses.

At her bail review hearing, officials said she had no prior criminal history as an adult or a juvenile.

This week, police arrested three more suspects.

Sierra Pyles, 19, of the 3400 block of Dudley Ave. was picked up Wednesday and charged with first-degree murder.

Yesterday, Tenisha Lawson, 18, of the 3600 block of Dennlyn Road and 23-year-old Anthony O. Williams, of the 3400 block of St. Ambrose Ave. were also charged.

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