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September 16, 2011

DNA from cigarette butt leads police to suspect in slaying

A discarded cigarette butt found outside the front door of a slaying victim’s house in Northeast Baltimore led detectives to a suspect in the stabbing of a 91-year-old woman during a burglary, according to police and court documents.

"The way we closed this case was right out of a scene from CSI,” city police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said on Friday, referring to the popular television show that focuses on solving crimes through high-tech forensic techniques.

"We’re very pleased,” said Irene Ushry, the daughter of the victim, Irene Logan, who lived on Moravia Road. “It hasn’t been easy. It gives us some peace of mind now that they’ve arrested somone. God has uncovered it. That’s been my prayer ever since this happened, that God would bring this to the light.”

Police said DNA taken from the cigarette matched the DNA of Anthony Robinson, a 45-year-old who also lived in Northeast Baltimore, on East 30th Street near Clifton Park and Lake Montebello. The suspect’s genetic fingerprints were on file from a burglary arrest last month.

"That was our lucky break,” said Baltimore Police Col. Jesse Oden, who heads the Criminal Investigation Division.

Many more details coming later on-line and in Saturday's print editions.

Posted by Peter Hermann at 3:43 PM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Northeast Baltimore


I'm sure the CSI tactics in solving this case are absolutely riveting, but let's get back to Anthony Donnell Robinson, born 6/66. He's a bit of a burglar and armed robber. He has some entries in our favorite database that harken back to 1991 when the case search entries started to be digitally recorded, we can't see what happened before that. Putting his felony convictions for his violent crimes that made Mr. Robinson almost unemployable aside, I see there are two CDS-Not marihuana charges. I wonder if Mr. Robinson received any drug treatment while he was under the supervision of the Maryland Judicial System.

We know that less that 34% of US inmates receive drug treatment while incarcerated. We know that less than 21% of those not incarcerated but under the supervision of the judicial system receive drug treatment. We know that drug treatment sharply reduces the chances for a criminal to reoffend upon being released from supervision. Did this man receive any drug treatment while he was a guest of the state in the past 30 years? (Because if he did Ms. Logan might still be alive and we wouldn't be footing the bill to house Mr. Robinson for the rest of his life).

Hey, is that War on Drugs working for you yet?

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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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