- The Washington Times - Monday, August 13, 2007


Man fatally shot, tumbles from window

A man who had been shot was either pushed or fell from a third-story window, police said.

Sgt. Joe Gentile said Jameel Bilal, 30, had been shot several times when police were called to his Southeast neighborhood. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Sgt. Gentile said officers were called about 12:40 a.m. yesterday to the 2500 block of Pomeroy Road Southeast.

Investigators think Mr. Bilal was shot in his third-floor apartment and then fell or was pushed out the window. Police have no motives or suspects. Investigators are asking for any witnesses to come forward.

A 15-year-old boy was charged with second-degree murder in a fatal stabbing on the same block in June.



Escapee found in North Carolina

A Maryland woman who escaped police custody in 2001 while facing several charges, including child abduction, was found last week in North Carolina.

Police in Charlotte, N.C., arrested Maria Baughman, 55, on Wednesday, and she is being held at the Mecklenburg County Detention Center.

In 2000, police said Baughman forged court documents, giving herself custody of the 9-year-old girl she baby-sat. The girl, Caitlin Crowther, was found in Hampton, Va., in May 2001 and returned to her family.

But in August 2001, Baughman escaped from Spring Grove Hospital in Catonsville, where she was sent for competency evaluations.

She was wanted in Baltimore County for violating probation, grand theft and credit-card fraud, and in Harford County for abduction, theft, forgery and fraud.

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