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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 8/15/2007

Murders This Week: 5
Murders This Year: 196

Tuesday, Aug. 7

11:16 p.m. Police were called to the scene of a shooting and found Taavon Mitchell, a 27-year-old African-American man, lying on the sidewalk in the 1400 block of North Milton Avenue. He had been shot several times in the head and chest. Another man was found in an alley shot in the stomach and foot. Mitchell died at Johns Hopkins Hospital at 11:36 p.m. The other man survived.

Wednesday, Aug. 8

1:12 a.m. Two hours later and just two blocks away, Joseph Bryant, a 29-year-old African-American man, was shot in the chest in the 2300 block of East Oliver Street. He died at Hopkins Hospital half an hour later. Dwayne Erving, a 17-year-old African-American male, was arrested that day for Bryant’s murder.

Thursday, Aug. 9

1:35 p.m. Troy Richardson, a 30-year-old African-American man from Dundalk, was shot repeatedly with a high-powered weapon in the middle of the street in the 3400 block of Dupont Avenue in Central Park Heights. He died at Sinai Hospital at 2:02 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 11

4:59 p.m. An officer was on patrol in West Baltimore when he was stopped by several people who told him that someone had just been shot and pointed him toward the 1300 block of West Lafayette Avenue. There police found Davon McCargo, a 20-year-old African-American man, lying on the ground. He had been shot in the head and chest. He died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center at 8:10 p.m. According to police, Davon McCargo is not related to Keenan McCargo, who was murdered nine days earlier.

Sunday, Aug. 12

4:12 p.m. Byron Dickey, a 28-year-old African-American man, was shot in the 2100 block of Barclay Street but was found by police in the 1900 block. He was taken to Hopkins Hospital, where he underwent surgery, but he died at 9:20 p.m. This is the eighth murder in Barclay this year; only Broadway East and Central Park Heights have had as many murders.


The two unidentified homicide victims from last week have been identified. Eghosa Miaes, a 20-year-old African-American man from Butchers Hill, was shot repeatedly in the 1200 block of Nanticoke Street in Pigtown on Aug. 1. Eric Ford, a 19-year-old African-American man, was shot during a struggle on South Highland Avenue near East Baltimore Street on Aug. 5.

The June 18 murder of David Carter, a 26-year-old African-American man, has been closed by exception. Police believe that Carter was fatally shot in the 3400 block of St. Ambrose Avenue by Perry Costley, an 18-year-old African-American man. Costley was shot to death in that very same block on July 16. This is the third time this year a homicide has been closed because the alleged killer was murdered.

On July 24 Michael Kennedy, a 32-year-old African-American man, was in Central Booking on unrelated charges when police charged him with the July 2 murder of Antonio Tracey, a 31-year-old African-American man.

Police arrested Leroy Adams, a 19-year-old African-American man, on July 12 for the June 7 murder of Demetrius Burnette, a 31-year-old African-American man. Burnette was getting out of his car with groceries when Adams allegedly ran up and shot him in the chest.

Adrian McFadden, a 30-year-old African-American man, was arrested on July 16. McFadden has been charged with murder, carjacking, and theft in relation to the July 6 murder of George Johnson, a 25-year-old African-American man. Two other people were shot during the incident but survived. Five days after Johnson was killed, McFadden was arrested for the May 29 murder of Jourman Parson, a 17-year-old African-American male.

On Aug. 3, the Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted James Giles, a 21-year-old African-American man, for the May 17 murder of Robert Perlie Jr., a 16-year-old African-American male. According to the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, Giles shot Perlie in the head while robbing him.

Also on Aug. 3, police arrested Frank Williams, a 23-year-old African-American man, for allegedly shooting Davon Turner, a 21-year-old African-American man, in the head repeatedly on July 1.

On Aug. 6, Antoine Oliver, a 22-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to life in prison, with all but 30 years of prison time and four years of probation suspended, after he pleaded guilty to murdering Justice Georgie, a 36-year-old African-American man. According to the State’s Attorney’s Office, Oliver robbed a hair salon at gunpoint on May 13, 2006. Georgie, whose wife owned the salon, tried to get the gun away from Oliver but was shot in the back during the struggle. Oliver was allegedly on ecstasy at the time of the crime and committed the robbery for drug money. He got $20 from the salon. A 15-year-old was also charged with the crime, but his case has been returned to juvenile court.

On Aug. 13, Mark Brooks, a 41-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for fatally stabbing Russell Duckworth, a 33-year-old Caucasian man, on June 24, 2006. In relation to the same crime, Natasha Sarchiapone, a 26-year-old Caucasian woman, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on May 11, after pleading guilty to assault and breaking and entering.

Police arrested Tevon Allen, an 18-year-old African-American man, on Aug. 13 for fatally shooting Jordan Brown, a 21-year-old African-American man. Brown was in a car with a friend in the 4600 block of Rokeby Road on July 30 when he was shot. His friend drove him away from the gunman, stopping a few blocks away in front of Mayor Sheila Dixon’s house.

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