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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 6/28/2006

Murders This Week: 8
Murders This Year: 133

The man shot to death on June 18 in the 1600 block of Smallwood Avenue has been identified as Eric Knight, a 26-year-old African-American man from the Coldstream Homestead Montebello neighborhood.

Several homicide cases have been closed this month. William Fuller, a 44-year-old African-American man, was arrested June 7 for the March 14 murder of Kiam Moody. On June 13 Jamal Winchester, a 22-year-old African-American man who was on probation, was arrested for the March 30 murder of Victor Richards and the April 23 murder of Jarell Adams.

Melvin Faulkner, a 45-year-old African-American man, was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Clinton, N.C., for the May 5 murder of Pierre Alston. He was transported back to Baltimore on June 15. On June 20, police arrested Duane Elkerson, a 29-year-old African-American man, for the June 10 murder of Antonio Alford. And the May 16 murders of Aaron Wilson and Steven Wallace have been closed, as ballistics evidence determined that the two men shot each other.

For the second week in row the Baltimore Police Department’s homicide total is one less than the number reflected in this column. As of press time the police could not account for this discrepancy.

Monday, June 19

10:23 a.m. Shots were heard inside an apartment in the 1400 block of Anglesea Street in Southeast Baltimore’s Medford neighborhood. When police officers got inside the apartment they found Katiria Delacruz, a 24-year-old Hispanic woman, and Hector Manzueta, a 25-year-old Hispanic man. They were both bleeding from gunshot wounds to the head. Delacruz died at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center at 11:18 a.m. Manzueta was in critical but stable condition and survived. On June 22 police served Manzueta, who was still in the hospital, with a warrant charging him with Delacruz’s murder. They believe that Manzueta shot Delacruz and then turned the gun on himself.

11:05 p.m. That night police were in the Allendale neighborhood when they heard gunshots coming from the 300 block of Denison Street. When they got there a man was standing over Ryan Mills, a 20-year-old African-American man, who had been shot repeatedly. The alleged shooter, Devren Dashazo, a 20-year-old African-American man, saw the police and ran. He was arrested after a short foot chase.

Tuesday, June 20

3:05 p.m. Demithrius Spears, a 32-year-old African-American man, was found lying on the sidewalk in the 300 block of East 27th Street between Guilford Avenue and Barclay Street in Harwood. He had been shot several times and died at Bayview Medical Center on June 22 at 11:03 a.m.

Wednesday, June 21

12:35 a.m. Police were called to Bon Secours Hospital where Anthony Rheubottom, a 25-year-old African-American man, was being treated for a stab wound to the chest. Earlier that evening Rheubottom had run to his home in the 2200 block of Christian Avenue in Carrollton Ridge and told people there that he had been stabbed. He was driven to the hospital, but he died there at 1:30 a.m. Angela Davis, a 28-year-old African-American woman, with whom Rheubottom had a relationship, was arrested the next day and charged with his murder.

1:05 p.m. That afternoon Ronald Hinton, a 15-year-old African-American male, called an ambulance from the 2900 block of Goodwood Avenue in Lauraville. He said that Ja-niya Williams, a 4-year-old African-American girl, had fallen and hurt herself. When doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital examined her they realized that Williams had been beaten and raped. She died June 23 at 2:57 p.m. Hinton has been charged with Williams’ rape and murder. Williams is the third small child murdered in the last three months.

Friday, June 23

11:30 p.m. Russell Duckworth, a 33-year-old Caucasian man, was in the basement of a home in the 4800 block of Pennington Avenue in Curtis Bay with some other people. They started arguing, and one person left, then returned to the house later with another man who started arguing with Duckworth. The man beat Duckworth and stabbed him in the neck. Duckworth died at 12:11 a.m. on June 24 at Harbor Hospital.

Saturday, June 24

3:10 a.m. A few hours later, Demone Jackson, a 27-year-old African-American man, got into a fight with a group of people in the 1000 block of Hillman Street near the Baltimore City Detention Center. Jackson left, changed his clothes, and got a handgun. He walked back to Hillman Street and shot the windshield of a car parked in that block and then turned his gun on the people he had been fighting with. When he was no longer able to fire, someone shot Jackson repeatedly, killing him. None of the people Jackson shot at were hit. This is the second murder in Johnston Square in 10 days.

5:15 a.m. Two hours later and about six blocks away, in the 600 block of Aisquith Street near Old Town Mall, police found Robert Lee King, a 37-year-old African-American man, slumped over the steering wheel of a pickup truck with a Florida license plate. He had been shot in the right side of the head. He was conscious but couldn’t speak. He died at Johns Hopkins Hospital at 11:17 p.m. on June 25.

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