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October 17, 2010

Man formally charged in detective's death

A 25-year-old Southeast Baltimore man was charged Sunday with killing an off-duty Baltimore police detective, who died after being struck in the head with a piece of concrete during an argument over a parking spot in Canton.

Detective Brian Stevenson, an 18-year veteran and married father of three, had gone out to have dinner on the eve of his birthday when he and Sian James got into an altercation in a private parking lot in the 2800 block of Hudson St. at about 10 p.m. Saturday.

Police say James (seen at right in his booking photo) picked up a piece of concrete and hurled at Stevenson, striking him in the right temple and causing him to fall to the ground.

James was arrested after police located him later that night at Mosaic, a club in the Power Plant Live area of downtown. 

James, lived around the corner in the 2800 block of Dillon St., Court records show he was charged in July with attempted rape, third-degree sex offense, assault and false imprisonment. Initially held without bond, he was released in mid-September on $150,000 bond.

Details of that case were not immediately available, and his attorney, John Denholm, could not be reached for comment.

Records also show that in late July James was ordered to stay away from a woman who had filed her second protective order against him in a span of four months. Reached for comment, a man who answered the woman's phone said that they could not discuss James because of an "ongoing situation."

According to James' Facebook page, he attended Brownstone College in Jamaica and often posted comments about his faith. Here's how he describes himself on the page:

"i am 6 feet 180lbs athletic,fun , real,adventurous.have scense of humour and out going.people always get the wrong impression of me .then it turns arround that am a realy nice guy"

Posted by Justin Fenton at 4:50 PM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Southeast Baltimore


Yet again one of Baltimore's finest dies at the hands of Baltimore's scum. Why are people like this let loose on the streets?

Is this the same Baltimore Finest of BART that shot a man in the back?

To "anonymous" the police you speak of is the BART police in Oakland, CA. BART stands for Bay Area Rapid Transit. Get your facts straight before you start posting that kind of garbage.

Attempted rape, assault, sexual offense and false imprisonment, released to kill a cop with a chunk of concrete. Another fine example of the system not working, criminals with all the rights and attornies lining up to protect them and the consequences are being paid by the innocent citizens on the street. You can not even park your car in Baltimore without risking your life. If you ride the bus, its even worse, light rail? Forget it. Walking down your own street to mail a letter? A dangerous act. Calling the police? In many cases a waste of time. Everybody knows the streets are empty of police during shift changes, and even when they are on the street, getting one to your front door is a small miracle and then god forbid if you get upset, they want to arrest you. My suggestion, arm yourself. When accosted shoot back, let the police drag their feet to the dead criminal's investigation, not yours. Chances are you will never be caught, hell the bad guys aren't.

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About Peter Hermann
Peter Hermann started covering news for The Baltimore Sun in 1990, first in Anne Arundel County and, starting in 1994, reporting on the Baltimore Police Department. In 2001, he was assigned to Jerusalem as the Baltimore Sun's Middle East correspondent. He returned in 2005 as an assistant city editor overseeing crime coverage. In 2008, Peter returned to the beat as a daily reporter and blogger. A recent BBC report featured him in a segment on the harsh realities of covering crime in Baltimore.

Coverage will focus on crime trends, problems in neighborhoods in the city and elsewhere, profiles of victims and police officers and try to offer readers a fresh perspective on one of the most vexing issues facing Baltimore and its future.

Contributing to this blog is Justin Fenton, who joined The Sun in 2005 and has covered the Baltimore City Police Department and the criminal justice system since 2008. His work includes an investigation into Cal Ripken Jr.’s minor league baseball stadium deal with his hometown of Aberdeen, a three-part series chronicling a ruthless con woman, coverage of the killing of five Amish children at a schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., and a job swap with a British crime reporter to explore differences in crime-fighting. A special report looking into how city police handle rape cases led to sweeping reforms that changed the way sexual assaults are investigated in Baltimore. He was recognized as the best reporter in Baltimore by the City Paper in 2010 and by Baltimore Magazine in 2011.

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