Bar­ri­cade sit­u­a­tion in city leads to 4 ar­rests

One is be­lieved to be in­volved in March shoot­ing

The Capital - - FRONT PAGE - By Phil Davis and Ron Fritz ron.fritz@balt­

An­napo­lis po­lice ar­rested four peo­ple, in­clud­ing one state po­lice be­lieve is con­nected to a March shoot­ing in­volv­ing a lo­cal drug ring, af­ter three al­legedly broke into an apart­ment and bar­ri­caded them­selves in­side Thurs­day night.

It’s the sec­ond high-pro­file in­ci­dent in An­napo­lis in two weeks where guns played a ma­jor role. A 27-year-old man was shot and killed in late Oc­to­ber in Bay Ridge Gar­dens. It was the first homi­cide of the year in An­napo­lis city lim­its.

The bar­ri­cade sit­u­a­tion Thurs­day night oc­curred near New­towne 20, a pub­lic hous­ing com­plex. Af­ter hear­ing of the in­ci­dent Fri­day, Alder­woman Sheila Fin­layson, who rep­re­sents Dis­trict 4 in which New­towne 20 re­sides, said she wants to see

more co­or­di­na­tion from the own­ers and man­agers of the city’s var­i­ous pub­lic hous­ing com­plexes.

“We don’t know who is sup­posed to be in each res­i­dence, but they do know,” Fin­layson said, adding she wants prop­erty man­agers to “be very strict about who they al­low to live in their units and who they al­low to visit their units.”

She said she’s also in dis­cus­sions with po­lice to cre­ate a pro­gram that would mimic some as­pects of the East­port “Work­ing To­gether” dis­cus­sions, which are com­mu­nity-based talks hosted by An­napo­lis po­lice to ad­dress neigh­bor­hood-level is­sues.

An­napo­lis po­lice re­sponded to a call Thurs­day of armed men in the area of 708 New­towne Drive around 11:30 p.m.

Po­lice said as they ap­proached the men, in­clud­ing two de­scribed by the caller as car­ry­ing hand­guns, ran into an apart­ment and re­fused to leave. A woman in­side fled and told of­fi­cers the group had bro­ken into her apart­ment. She was un­in­jured.

A perime­ter was set up around the apart­ment as po­lice con­fronted the group. Be­liev­ing they were still in­side and armed, more po­lice units were re­quested. Po­lice said three men — T’reiko Med­ley, 19, a 17-year-old and a 16-year-old — even­tu­ally sur­ren­dered to po­lice with­out in­ci­dent.

The three would not pro­vide of­fi­cers with in­for­ma­tion about any oth­ers in­side, po­lice said. Once the An­napo­lis Spe­cial En­force­ment Team ar­rived, more at­tempts were made to make con­tact with any­one else in the apart­ment.

The en­tire build­ing was evac­u­ated and po­lice used chem­i­cal agents to en­ter the apart­ment. Of­fi­cers cleared the res­i­dence and no one else was in the apart­ment, po­lice said.

Af­ter a war­rant was ob­tained, the apart­ment was searched. Po­lice say of­fi­cers found a loaded .25 cal­iber Ravens Arms hand­gun, as well as a loaded 9mm Kel Tec hand­gun that was re­ported stolen. Crime scene tech­ni­cians re­sponded to process the scene.

The three men, all of An­napo­lis, were ar­rested and charged with third- and fourth-de­gree bur­glary. The two un­der 18 were charged as ju­ve­niles.

More charges are pos­si­ble once the dis­cov­ered hand­guns are pro­cessed. Med­ley is await­ing his ini­tial hear­ing be­fore the Dis­trict Court com­mis­sioner.

While in the area, of­fi­cers came into con­tact with and ar­rested Wil­liam Herold, 17, of An­napo­lis, who was wanted on an out­stand­ing war­rant on a charge of at­tempted mur­der.

Po­lice had been search­ing for Herold since Sept. 19 when a war­rant was is­sued for his ar­rest in con­nec­tion with a March shoot­ing in An­napo­lis in a park­ing lot off of Green­briar Lane near Skip­pers Lane.

Isiah Nay­lor, 21, of An­napo­lis, was ar­rested March 26 in con­nec­tion with the shoot­ing and charged with at­tempted mur­der and felony as­sault.

The shoot­ing is also one of sev­eral ac­tiv­i­ties Mary­land State Po­lice say is linked to a drug traf­fick­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion of at least 12 peo­ple.

Pros­e­cu­tors wrote in court doc­u­ments that Nay­lor was an as­so­ciate of Tray­mont Wi­ley, 27, of An­napo­lis, who is cur­rently fac­ing charges of be­ing the king­pin of a drug traf­fick­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion that sold heroin in the New­towne 20 pub­lic hous­ing com­plex.

Nay­lor and oth­ers were tar­get­ing an ac­quain­tance of Ja­marri Boykin, pros­e­cu­tors wrote, as Boykin was con­victed of first-de­gree mur­der in the shoot­ing death of Shawn Crowdy in 2016. Pros­e­cu­tors say Nay­lor and oth­ers did not hit their in­tended tar­get and they were try­ing to shoot an as­so­ciate of Boykin’s as Crowdy was “a close as­so­ciate” of Wi­ley’s.

An­napo­lis po­lice spokes­woman Amy Miguez said there was no con­ver­sa­tion with Mary­land State Po­lice as to whether Herold was linked to its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Wi­ley’s al­leged drug traf­fick­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Fin­layson and fel­low Dis­trict 6 Alder­woman Shaneka Hen­son said they’re con­fi­dent in the depart­ment’s abil­ity to po­lice the re­gion. Fin­layson said the ar­rests are em­blem­atic of the fact “po­lice have been in­ves­ti­gat­ing the area for some time.”

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