Northern District officers told Charles Village residents on Monday night that police have made an arrest in the shooting of a man in the heart of their neighborhood - and court records show the suspect has already posted bail and been released.
Dwayne Reginald McCoy, 21, of Catonsville, was charged Oct. 10 in the robbery and shooting of a Prince George's County man who was shot while leaving his girlfriend's residence in the 2600 block of St. Paul St. Sgt. Robert Snead, of the district detective unit (seen at the podium at right), said the victim was able to describe his attackers' vehicle and recalled one of the license plate digits.
But that was enough, Snead said, to track down the suspects. Police recovered a gun in the arrest. "We're going to try to link these guys to other crimes, not only in the city, but the region," Snead said.
In the meantime, court records show McCoy is out on bail. He was held on $275,000 bond after being picked up on Oct. 11, which he was able to post three days later. McCoy doesn't appear to have a prior record.
Residents met at the Lovely Lane United Methodist Church to discuss crime concerns and address ongoing efforts to make the area more safe. Maj. Sabrina Tapp-Harper, commander of the Northern District, said that while the district as a whole has seen notable drops in burglaries and robberies, Charles Village hasn't followed that trend. Prostitution also remains a major concern for residents.
Tapp-Harper said she plans to move administrative and operators officers into patrol for a few days each through the rest of the year, an effort to supplement patrol but also get overtime costs under control. A beat officer, Bill O'Donnell, told residents that he's also been tasked with revisiting a number of recent larcenies and burglaries to track down serial numbers.
Residents in attendance had praise for Northern District officers. Jill DiMauro said an increased police presence in her neighborhood after a recent shooting has made her area "a completely different neighborhood." "It's the first time in eight years I've been able to walk my dog after dark," she said. "I'm grateful for what you've done."
When asked if police had solved the shooting, Tapp-Harper said they know who it is but don't have the evidence. The suspect is in custody on an unrelated charge. "Sometimes, the dots don't add up and you can't arrest in that case, but we track these individuals," she said.
Since the fatal stabbing of a Johns Hopkins researcher in Charles Village, resident shave been meeting to discuss ways to improve safety. They've been organizing neighborhood walks, instituted a "court watch" program where a volunteer tracks cases and keeps residents up to date, and have engaged Johns Hopkins University in conversations about expanding their security patrol footprint. State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein said he talks about the neighborhood's efforts when he visits other community groups.
Sharon Guida, an attorney and who sits on the Charles Village Civic Association, told the 40 or so residents in attendance that the biggest thing they can do is stay involved. Previous meetings weren't so well attended, she said.