City police praise officers, community after 'streak of arrests'

Baltimore Police tout 'streak of arrests' in recent days

Baltimore police announced Monday they made arrests in three recent homicides and several nonfatal shootings, a spate of success after a decline in the department's clearance rate of homicide cases.

Police arrested a 13-year-old accused of fatally stabbing a 15-year-old during a dispute over a cellphone Thursday, and a 61-year-old man accused of fatally shooting his 50-year-old nephew Friday.

Two men also were arrested in a fatal shooting at a park Thursday. In addition, arrests have been made in three nonfatal shootings, and warrants have been issued for suspects in three others.

Police officials credited community cooperation with police investigators and patrol work by officers with facilitating the arrests, and urged residents to continue to help the department amid an uptick in violence across the city in recent months.

"Keep the information coming, because we want to continue this streak of arrests and apprehensions that we've enjoyed over the last several days," said Deputy Commissioner Kevin Davis.

The rate at which the department clears homicide cases is just below 40 percent for the year, Davis said.

The department had seen an average clearance rate of about 45 percent in recent years, and the rate increased to more than 60 percent at the beginning of April before a sharp decline in overall arrests and a spike in killings.

Davis said he did not have the clearance rate for nonfatal shootings.

Baltimore has seen 148 homicides this year, compared to 104 at the same time last year. There have been 301 nonfatal shootings, compared to 161 during the same period last year.

Authorities said a concerned family member came to police with information that led to the 13-year-old's arrest. The stabbing occurred in the 3700 block of Rogers Ave. on Thursday night.

Police did not say whether the suspect was a boy or a girl, whether the two teens were related or what charges the 13-year-old faces. The 15-year-old boy, identified as Josh Remus Burnett, died after being taken to a local hospital.

Police have charged Davon Vennie and Keyon Jackson, both 22, in the Thursday shooting death of 31-year-old Nathaniel Wheeler in the 2700 block of Auchentoroly Terrace, where Wheeler was working at a construction site, according to charging documents.

Sgt. Hillary Davis was on routine patrol in a marked police vehicle at 1:46 p.m. when she heard shots fired nearby, then saw a vehicle leaving the area, she said during a news conference.

She called in Foxtrot, the police helicopter, for backup as she followed the vehicle through the Central District and into the Northern District, she said.

"With the help of what [Foxtrot officers] were witnessing from 500 feet, we very quickly took them into custody," she said.

Three people were in the vehicle but one bailed out and has not been identified, according to charging documents.

Police said they believe the shooting was a targeted attack but did not elaborate. Witnesses said one man got out of a car, walked up and shot Wheeler several times. No gun has been found.

Both Jackson and Vennie face murder and weapons charges and are being held at the Central Booking Intake Facility, police said. Neither had an attorney listed in online court records.

In the incident Friday, Larry Dixon was arrested in the shooting death of his nephew Keith Glascoe after "some type of altercation," according to charging documents.

According to the documents, officers responded at 8:52 p.m. to a home in the 3400 block of W. Caton Ave. for a report of a shooting — but were told by a man there that no one had been shot.

Medics who also responded to the scene began to leave when Dixon came out of the home and allegedly said, "Where are y'all going, someone's been shot," according to the charging documents.

Officers entered the home and found Glascoe lying on his back in the kitchen with a gunshot found to his left side and a shotgun in "plain view" in a second-floor bedroom, the documents say. Glascoe was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Officers who advised Dixon to calm down said they overheard him say, "How can I not be excited; I just shot someone," and later, "I shot him with a shotgun," according to the documents.

Dixon faces murder and weapons charges and is being held at Central Booking, police said. He did not have an attorney listed in online court records.

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