- The Washington Times - Monday, March 17, 2008



Shootout wounds 2 officers, suspect

Two officers and a suspect were injured during a shootout in East Baltimore early yesterday, Baltimore police said.

Officer Anthony Jobst heard gunshots and spotted a white Audi speeding away from the area of North Charles Street and Lafayette Avenue at about 3 a.m.

Officer Jobst and other officers found the Audi abandoned in the 400 block of East Lorraine Avenue, which is where police said Anthony Blache, 28, began firing at officers.

Spokesman Officer Troy Harris said Officer Jobst was shot in the foot and Officer Hayden Gross was grazed by a bullet. Both were taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Officer Gross was released later in the day.

Officer Harris said Mr. Blache was shot several times in the upper torso and taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital in critical condition. He said Mr. Blache was wearing body armor, which is illegal in Baltimore.

The five officers involved in the shootout were placed on paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated.

Police said a man struck in the original shooting on Lafayette Avenue is expected to survive his injuries.


Woman, 20, slain; suspect identified

A 20-year-old woman was found fatally shot in a home late Saturday night.

Police said they received a call shortly before midnight with information about a shooting. Officers found the body of Cindy Sorto-Reyes of Greenbelt.

They are looking for Armando Sanchez Sr., 49, a D.C. resident thought to be driving a white 2001 Chevrolet work van with Maryland tags 95T395. Police said he should be considered armed and dangerous.



Driver charged in fatal crash

A Leesburg man was charged with aggravated manslaughter after a crash that killed a California man.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said Arturo Martinez, 32, was driving under the influence when the crash occurred Saturday afternoon on Route 7.

Officials said Mr. Martinez first crashed into a woman’s car that was stopped at a red light. But instead of moving to the shoulder as she asked him to do, they said, Mr. Martinez sped through the intersection.

He then lost control of his car as he tried to make a right turn from the left lane, crossed the median and crashed into a Pontiac Grand Prix. The driver of the Grand Prix, Jeffrey Cooper, 52, died at the scene.



Bat-wielding clerk foils store robbery

A 55-year-old woman tried to rob a Wilmington liquor store with a gun and fled when the clerk took a swing at her with a baseball bat, police said.

At about 10 p.m. Saturday, the clerk at Roselle Liquors caught up with Alma Cline of Wilmington at the exit, and she handed over the gun, which turned out to be a pellet gun, and ran off, police said.

A state police dog tracked Miss Cline to a house two blocks away, where troopers could see her sitting on a sofa inside. She was arrested and charged with first-degree attempted robbery.

Police said Miss Cline was wanted on a burglary warrant elsewhere. She was being held on both charges on $7,500 bail.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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