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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 2/4/2009

Murders this Week: 6
Murders this Year: 23

Monday, Jan. 26

4:02 a.m. Stephen Mauk, a 47-year-old Caucasian cab driver from Germantown, was found dead in his cab. Police found him parked in the 200 block of North Bond Street, a block south of Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was sitting in the front seat, shot in the head. Mauk is the second Caucasian man murdered this year.

Tuesday, Jan. 27

10:22 p.m. Someone was at Jasmine Harris' door in the 3000 block of Windsor Avenue in Walbrook. When the 23-year-old African-American woman opened the door she was shot under the chin at close range. Police found her dead on her front porch. It was snowing that night, and an officer followed tracks in the snow to Kenneth Warren, a 24-year-old African-American man. Warren matched the description of the shooter given to police and was arrested. According to charging documents, Harris had been having problem with members of the Black Guerilla Family, for whom she had at some point allegedly smuggled drugs. A few weeks before she was murdered she was severely beaten by gang members. Harris is the second woman murdered in the first month of 2009.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

10:59 p.m. Twenty-four hours later, Dewayne Lawrence, a 17-year-old African-American male, was found shot in the head in the 5900 block of Moravia Road near the Cedonia Inn. Lawrence was sitting in the front passenger seat of a Volvo. He was dead. The next day, a 28-year-old African-American man named Eric Evans was arrested and charged with Lawrence's murder. According to ABC2 news, two of Lawrence's brothers have also been murdered. Lawrence is the sixth juvenile murdered this year.

Thursday, Jan. 29

12:30 p.m. A woman flagged down a police officer and directed him to a garage behind the 900 block of Poplar Grove Street in West Baltimore. James McKoy, a 46-year-old African-American man, had been shot in the head and was dead.

Friday, Jan. 30

11:12 a.m. Theodore Moore, a 44-year-old African-American man, died a week after he was shot. On Jan. 23, at 3:04 p.m., Moore was standing in the middle of the 2000 block of Edmondson Avenue when an African-American man in a black hooded sweatshirt shot Moore several times. Moore collapsed and the gunman got into a car, which drove away. Moore was conscious when he was taken to an area hospital, but died seven days later. Cheryl Richards, a 26-year-old Caucasian woman, who police believe was driving the car, was arrested on Jan. 26.

Sunday, Feb. 1

6:20 a.m. Police were called to the Allied Waste Services facility in the 200 block of W. Dickman Street in South Baltimore near the Port Covington Wal-Mart. Kendrick Daney, a 38-year-old African-American man, was lying by the front entrance of the building, stabbed to death. According to police, Daney and co-worker Franklin Harrell, a 51-year-old African-American man, got into a dispute that ended with Daney dead on the floor. Harrell turned himself in that day and was arrested for Daney's murder. Seven of this year's homicides have been closed by arrest.


Two people were arrested for the murder of Tian Zin Wang, a 51-year-old Asian man and the owner of a Chinese food carry-out. According to charging documents, on Jan. 3 at 11:19 p.m. Walter Taylor, a 17-year-old African-American male, placed a call to the China Garden carry-out in Oldtown Mall to have food delivered to an address in the 800 block of Webb Court. When Wang arrived with the food, Taylor and 18-year-old African-American man Ronald Gamble allegedly robbed him, shot him, and took the food. After the shooting, charging documents say, Taylor brought the food to someone's house and ate it while it was still hot. Police arrested Taylor on Jan. 23. He allegedly confessed to the robbery and identified his cousin, Gamble, as the shooter.

Michael Miles, a 28-year-old African-American man, and Phillip Queen, a 31-year-old African-American man, were indicted by a Grand Jury on Jan. 27 for the murder of Richard Green. Green, a 39-year-old African-American man, was found slumped against the front door of a home in the 1300 block of West North Avenue on Nov. 23, 2008. He had been shot repeatedly.

On Jan. 29, a Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Joshua Bresnick, a 16-year-old Caucasian male, for the murder of David Falkinburg. On Jan. 6, Falkinburg, a 45-year-old Caucasian man, was stabbed to death in his home in the 2800 block of Clearview Avenue.

Also on the 29th, Richard Littleton, a 48-year-old Caucasian man, was indicted by a Grand Jury for the Dec. 10, 2008, murder of Brian Smith. Smith, a 37-year-old African-American man, was shot repeatedly in the 3000 block of Pulaski Highway. According to the State's Attorney's Office, Smith was walking when he stopped to talk to Littleton. They argued and Littleton allegedly shot and killed him.

Ronald Cox, a 42-year-old African-American man, was convicted on Jan. 29 of the murder of Todd Dargan, a 25-year-old African-American man. Dargan, who was the last homicide victim of 2007, was shot in the head in the 900 block of North Caroline Street on Dec. 28, 2007. A few minutes after the shooting, police stopped Cox's car near the scene because Cox wasn't wearing a seatbelt. According to the State's Attorney's Office, Cox's passengers were acting nervous, so police asked everyone to get out of the car and searched it. They found a 9mm handgun in the trunk that was later determined to be the gun that killed Dargan. Cox and Rodney Johnson, a passenger in the car, were both arrested. Cox's DNA was found on the gun, though witnesses identified Johnson as the shooter. Johnson, a 28-year-old African-American man, was found not guilty of the murder earlier this month.

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