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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 5/16/2007

Murders This Week: 8
Murders This Year: 105

For the second week in a row Baltimore City has more homicides than days. This is the fourth week this year with eight or more homicides.

Monday, May 7

7:49 p.m. Thomas Mouzon Jr., a 23-year-old African-American man, was serving time at the Dismas House East, a halfway house in the 1400 block of North Caroline Street in the Gay Street neighborhood. He and nine other inmates were being transported from the house to the basketball court by a Dismas employee when one or two people approached him. According to police, Mouzon yelled "It wasn't me!" but was shot repeatedly. He died at Johns Hopkins Hospital at 8:18 p.m. No one else was hit during the incident.

8:41 p.m. An hour later, John Graves, a 26-year-old African-American man, was sitting on the steps of a vacant house in the 1500 block of Cliftview Avenue, just south of Clifton Park. A man came up to Graves, pulled out a gun, and shot him several times. Graves was able to run to the porch of an occupied house in the block where he collapsed just inside the doorway. He died at Hopkins 40 minutes later. This is the second murder on this section of Cliftview Avenue in two months.

10 p.m. Monday's third homicide victim, Michael Davis, a 25-year-old African-American man, was found lying on the sidewalk in the 3700 block of Woodbine Avenue off Liberty Heights Avenue in Northwest Baltimore. He had been shot numerous times and died at Sinai Hospital at 10:45 p.m.

Tuesday, May 8

2:40 a.m. William Curtis, a 23-year-old African-American man, was shot repeatedly in the head and chest in the front yard of a house in the 4000 block of Ramonn Avenue in Belair-Edison. He was pronounced dead by medics at the scene. Curtis lived a block away.

Thursday, May 10

4:10 a.m. Deandre Hatcher, a 17-year-old African-American male, was found lying in the 300 block of E. 23 1/2 Street. He had been shot in the head and face and died at Hopkins Hospital at 4:50 a.m. Hatcher is the fifth person to be murdered in Barclay this year; three of those murder victims were teenagers. Twenty-two teenagers have been murdered in the city so far this year.

Friday, May 11

10:58 p.m. Gerald Wilson, a 22-year-old African-American man, was shot several times in the 900 block of North Chester Street near Hopkins Hospital in Middle East. He died at Hopkins at 11:20 p.m. He was identified from the driver's license in his pocket, and his mother was notified.

Saturday, May 12

1 a.m. A police officer was patrolling in East Baltimore Midway when he found the body of Antwoine Hawkins, a 29-year-old African-American man, in the 2200 block of Robb Street. Hawkins had been shot repeatedly.

9:58 a.m. Police were called to the scene of a dead on arrival. The body of Todd Little, a 29-year-old African-American man, was found in the rear bedroom of a house in the 1700 block of North Dallas Street in Oliver. Little had been shot in the head. According to police, the newly renovated house belonged to a friend, who was letting Little stay there. Little is the 96th African-American person to be murdered in Baltimore City this year. African-Americans make up 65 percent of the city's population but account for more than 91 percent of its homicide victims.

Updates

The man found dead in a vacant house in the 2200 block of Barclay Street on May 2 has been identified as Derius Harmon, an 18-year-old African-American man from that neighborhood.

Police have closed the homicide case of Joseph Ensey Sr., a 45-year-old Caucasian man shot in December 1991 who died on April 20 of this year, although no one has been charged with his murder. According to police, Gamel Brown, a 42-year-old African-American man, pleaded guilty to shooting and trying to rob Ensey in 1991. This shooting led to Ensey's eventual death, but Brown cannot be tried for murder because he was already prosecuted for the incident.

On May 8, police arrested Juanita Robinson, a 27-year-old African-American woman, and charged her with shooting Andre Mcbride, a 21-year-old African-American man, in the head on March 31.

The next day police were notified that Duplin County, N.C., had William Salmeron, a 21-year-old African-American man, in custody. He is being charged with the Jan. 15, 2006, murder of Jose Mendoza. Mendoza, a 40-year-old Hispanic man, was killed in a restaurant in the 400 block of South Newkirk Street during an attempted robbery. Salmeron is being held in North Carolina on unrelated charges.

Deontae Carter, a 21-year-old African-American man, was arrested May 9 for the April 6, 2006, murder of Curtis Mitchell, a 19-year-old African-American man. Mitchell was fatally shot in a rowhouse in the 2000 block of North Longwood Street.

On May 10, the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office announced that Dajuan Carter, a 22-year-old African-American man, was indicted for the March 27 murder of 17-year-old African-American Ronald Harmon.

The next day, Mark Brooks, a 41-year-old African-American man, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for fatally stabbing Russell Duckworth, a 33-year-old Caucasian man, on June 24, 2006. Natasha Sarchiapone, a 26-year-old Caucasian woman, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and breaking and entering. Brooks has not yet been sentenced but is facing between 10 and 25 years in prison. Sarchiapone was sentenced to seven years in prison and three years probation. According to the State's Attorney's Office, Sarchiapone was using drugs at Duckworth's home when he asked her to leave. She refused and Duckworth had to physically kick her out. Sarchiapone came back later with Brooks. The pair entered the house, where Sarchiapone allegedly assaulted an unnamed woman and Brooks allegedly stabbed Duckworth 12 times.

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