Man Linked To Deaths Of 2 Children ‘Person Of Interest’ In Another Killing; Witness Sought
BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Brazen violence. Police say he rammed his car into a family’s minivan, killing a little girl. They’ve also linked him to the murder of a teenager. Now they say 20-year-old Kevin Simpson could be connected to yet another killing.
Investigative reporter Mike Hellgren has more on a possible witness police are trying to find.
WJZ has obtained surveillance images from a Citgo gas station on Frederick Avenue in West Baltimore. Police are desperately looking for the woman in them. They believe she may have information that could help them solve a murder there.
Police also say they’ve linked the weapon used in that killing to Simpson, who was arrested after a manhunt. Police called his capture priority number one, connecting him to the deaths of two children–part of a four-day spree of violence that shook the city.
“If we can bring closure to those families by linking Mr. Simpson to those cases and the evidence leads us that way, we’ll do just that,” Sgt. Jarron Jackson, Baltimore City Police.
Simpson is charged with vehicular manslaughter in the killing of 12-year-old Shanizya Taft after slamming into her family’s minivan.
He’s a person of interest in the killing of Oscar Torres, a 15-year-old gunned down in a robbery on Mount Street. And now, the gas station killing of Martel Jackson, less than a mile away.
Jackson was shot behind a shed on the Citgo lot–a bold crime in a busy area.
“It makes you feel unsafe to walk around in your own neighborhood because it could have happened to anybody,” said a man who lives in neighborhood.
H.M. Kium is the attendant at the Citgo.
“We don’t feel safe,” he said. “Every day, I have to call police four or five times here.”
Police do not believe Simpson is linked to any other killings.
Torres’ brother, who asked us not to show his face, says he only wants justice.
“I hear about them getting closer and closer. That’s what I want. I don’t want anything more than for them to find the people who did this to my brother,” he said.
Simpson is not charged in Torres’ death nor the death at the Citgo gas station. His record includes a conviction on a drug charge and a car theft charge. He got suspended jail sentences for those convictions.
This week, a judge denied bail for Simpson. He will remain in custody until trial.
Anyone with information is asked to call 410-396-2100 or 911.
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