BALTIMORE (WJZ) — An audio message from a man claiming to be Baltimore Police’s accused “Public Enemy Number One,” Antonio Wright, has been released on social media, saying in part “I did not commit that crime, and my heart goes out to the family.”
A full five-minute audio message was posted Sunday evening on Facebook by a woman claiming to be the wife of Wright. In the message, Wright defends his name, denies his involvement and goes on to accuse police of what he says are wrongful accusations.
Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton posted a clip of the video on Twitter.
Antonio Wright is accused of throwing two Molotov Cocktails into a home in the 1200 block of Greenmount Ave., leading to the deaths of two teenagers.
Police identified the victims 19-year-old Shi-Heem Sholto and 17-year-old Tyrone James.
Police released surveillance video on Sunday, showing a person, who they believe to be Wright, throwing two Molotov cocktails into the home.
Authorities are offering a combined offer of $12,000 for information that could lead to Wright’s arrest.
The heinous crime that ended two young lives and could have killed more is caught on tape.
The video shows the moment police say, Antonio Wright allegedly kicks in the front door of a northeast Baltimore rowhome and sets it on fire. Two teenagers were killed and six others injured, including a 4-year-old and an 11-year-old.
Police are branding 26-year-old Antonio Wright as ‘Public Enemy Number One,’ after Saturday’s fire.
Federal investigators and Metro Crime Stopper are now offering a $12,000 reward for information that leads to his capture.
“He just didn’t give a damn who was in that house, didn’t care. Right. So I think society. When society sees that, society wants him to rot in jail. Under the jail,” says Baltimore City Police Commissioner Kevin Davis.
At a vigil Sunday night, the mother of slain teen Shi-Heem Sholto is grieving and calling for justice. She says her son did not deserve to die in such a cruel way. She wants Wright behind bars.
Friends and family are mourning 19-year-old Sholto and 17-year-old Tyrone James. Sholto’s mother says, at first, she had no clue her son was involved.
“I felt for whoever’s child was in that house. You know? But I didn’t know that it was my son. I can’t get him back,” says Karleen Sholto.
Friends and family at the vigil tell WJZ they don’t believe the teenagers were the intended targets and are demanding answers.
Police say the arson was in revenge for a shooting in the area, just two days prior. No one died in that incident.
Police say Wright has a violent criminal history. The teenagers did not live in the home, so it’s not clear at this time what they were doing there.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Wright and Metro Crime Stoppers have announced an additional $2,000 reward.
Police say all but one of the six other people who were injured in the fire have been released from the hospital.
A 20-year-old woman who jumped from the burning building remains in the hospital in critical condition.