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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 11/12/2008

Murders This Week: 3
Murders This Year: 188

Monday, Nov. 3

5:32 p.m. An African-American man was running across the 200 block of North Carrollton Avenue in Poppleton. He was being chased by two African-American men wearing dark clothes. One of his pursuers was shooting at him and struck him repeatedly. He died at a local hospital at 6:01 a.m. Police are waiting until the man's family has been notified of his death to release his name.

Friday, Nov. 7

2:01 a.m. Three women got into a fight at Norma Jean's, a strip club on the Block located near police headquarters. The fight spilled out of the club into the street. According to police, Shontay Lane, a 22-year-old African-American woman, pulled out a sharp object and stabbed Takira Johnson, a 25-year-old African-American woman, and an African-American female in her late teens, numerous times. Johnson died at the scene. The teenager was taken to a hospital and survived. Lane was arrested shortly after the stabbing and was charged with Johnson's murder. This is the 7th murder in the downtown and Inner Harbor neighborhoods.

5:20 a.m. An officer in the Upton neighborhood heard gunshots and started exploring the area. The officer found an African-American man lying at the intersection of Sewell Street and Argyle Avenue. The man had been shot several times and was unresponsive. He died at an area hospital two hours later. Police are waiting until the man's family can be notified to release his name. This is the 22nd murder in Central Police District this year.


Barry Roberts, a 22-year-old African-American man, was arrested in Norfolk, Va., on Oct. 20 while trying to purchase a gun at a sporting-goods store, because his background check revealed he was wanted for murder in Baltimore City. Roberts has been charged with the Oct. 12 murder of Darius Burton, an 18-year-old African-American male.

An arrest has been made in the murder of Nicole Sesker, a 39-year-old African-American woman and the stepdaughter of former police commissioner Leonard Hamm. Sesker was found strangled to death in an alley in the 3500 block of W. Garrison Avenue. Joseph Bonds, a 35-year-old African-American man who lives in the block where Sesker was found, was arrested on Nov. 6 and charged with Sesker's murder.

On Nov. 9, Adrian McFadden, a 31-year-old African-American man, was convicted for a triple shooting that left George Johnson, a 25-year-old African-American man, dead. McFadden's co-defendant, Anthony Miles, a 25-year-old African-American male, was convicted on multiple assault charges. McFadden and Miles were also found guilty of attempted carjacking.

According to the state's Attorney's Office, Johnson was driving in the 700 block of N. Payson Street with his foster brother and his brother's infant son on July 6, 2007. He had to turn the car around because there was a memorial for a child blocking the street. McFadden and Miles followed Johnson from the scene and demanded the car. Johnson refused because the baby was still in the vehicle. McFadden shot Johnson four times. He also shot Johnson's foster brother, who was seriously injured but survived. According to testimony at the trial, after the shooting McFadden asked if Johnson was dead yet and then walked away "polishing his gun with his T-shirt." McFadden has also been charged with the May 29 murder of Jourman Parson, a 17-year-old African-American male. That case has not yet been decided.

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