- The Washington Times - Monday, January 17, 2005

BALTIMORE (AP) — Four men have been arrested after the home of a community activist who spoke out against drug trafficking was firebombed, police said.

The 59-year-old woman wasn’t injured in the fire, which happened at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday and caused minor damage to her home, police said.

The woman, who wasn’t identified, was relocated after the attack, and police cars were stationed outside her home. The attackers used Molotov cocktails to start the fire.

The men were identified yesterday as Jackie Brewington, 18; Antonino Newsome, 18; Richard Royal, 20; and Andre Wilkins, 31, police spokesman Matt Jablow said. They previously had been identified as juveniles. Police said more arrests could follow.

“Crimes like this strike at the heart of the criminal-justice society,” Mr. Jablow said. “We cannot, will not, tolerate it.”

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was working with the city on the case. Federal officials will handle the case, Mr. Jablow said.

The incident comes about six weeks after a homemade digital video disc called “Stop Snitching” hit Baltimore streets, warning people they could “get a hole in their head” for telling police about illegal drug activity.

The production includes music, dancing and spoken messages, with clips showing men stuffing wads of cash into their pockets, driving convertibles, smoking marijuana and flashing diamond-encrusted watches.

In one segment, Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony stands on a street, wearing a red shirt and baseball hat and laughing while another man talks about life on the street, snitches and the National Basketball Association.

Intimidation by drug dealers is a top legal concern in Baltimore, where a husband and wife and five children were killed in 2002 after their home was firebombed in retaliation for calls to police against drug dealers.

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