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Murder Ink

By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 2/7/2007

Murders This Week: 4
Murders This Year: 30

The name of the man shot to death on Jan. 24 at Madison Avenue and Bloom Street has been released. The victim was Jermall Ford, a 31-year-old African-American man from East Baltimoreís McElderry Park neighborhood.

Isaac Pitts, an 18-year-old African-American man, was shot and killed by a Baltimore police officer on Jan. 31. The death is not being counted toward the homicide numbers. At 2:46 p.m. a woman and her two daughters were at home in the 2900 block of Rockrose Avenue near Druid Hill Park when someone tried to break in the front window. They called the police, and by the time the three African-American males--one 19, one 18, and one 15--got inside, police were on the scene. According to police, Pitts, the 18-year-old, tried to escape through the back door but was stopped by a police officer who says Pitts brandished a weapon. The officer shot him. The other males were not shot and have been arrested, but police have declined to release their names.

Monday, Jan. 29

1:15 p.m. Police found the body of Sintia Mesa, a 25-year-old Hispanic woman from Hyattsville in Prince Georgeís County, in the trunk of her own car, which was parked in the 7200 block of Brook Crest Way in the northwestern-most corner of the city. Mesa was reported missing three days earlier. She died from asphyxiation.

Wednesday, Jan. 31

5:41 p.m. Police found Stephanie Stevens, a 22-year-old Caucasian woman from West Virginia, sitting in the driverís seat of a car in the 800 block of Hilton Street. She had been shot. A 27-year-old Caucasian man, also from West Virginia, was standing beside the car. He had been shot, too, but his wound was not serious. According to police, the pair came to Baltimore to see someone in the 700 block of Edgewood Street. They got into an argument over money with this person, and Stevens was shot several times. She was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she died half an hour later. She is the fifth woman killed in Baltimore this year.

Thursday, Feb. 1

2:10 a.m. Three men went to Club Mate in the 3600 block of South Hanover Street in Brooklyn around midnight. They parked their car a block and a half away, in the 3500 block of Second Street, and walked to the club. Around 2 a.m. they left the club. One man got into the driverís seat, but before his companions could get into the car two people approached it from the back. One pulled out a gun and shot through the rear window of the car, hitting the driver in the back. He drove back to Club Mate, stumbled to the front door, and collapsed. He was taken to Shock Trauma, where he died at 2:50 a.m. The other two men were not shot. The man has been identified by police, but they are withholding his name until his family has been notified. This is the third murder in Brooklyn this year and the fourth time someone was murdered in a car.

Friday, Feb. 2

4:32 p.m. Desmond Tucker, a 52-year-old African-American man, walked into the Sugar Hill Tavern in the 2300 block of Druid Hill Avenue in Penn North. Someone walked in behind Tucker and shot him in the head, killing him.

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