BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Robert Ponsi was murdered just days before his 30th birthday, sparking outrage and a search for answers. Three suspects are now in custody, but police are looking for more.
WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren reports one teenage suspect just had a bail review.
Bail was denied, and he’s being kept separate from the adult population.
Police say he stabbed the victim over and over again and then apparently went home and ate pizza with his mom like nothing ever happened.
Fifteen-year-old Prince Greene sits in jail. He’s one of three teenagers charged with attacking and murdering Robert Ponsi as he biked home Saturday through Waverly from his job in Harbor East.
It’s a stunning turn in the teen’s life. He once told The Baltimore Sun he wanted to be a prosecutor.
Greene was a standout member of his high school’s debate team, raised by a mom who sacrificed and was an activist against crime in the same community.
“She was tough. She was tough love, which was every little kid needs,” said Joseph Evans. “One of them chaotic decisions, like when you’re right there, your friends are there.”
It’s unimaginable to Joseph Evans, who was a father figure to Greene.
Charging documents say the teen confessed to stabbing Ponsi as he fought for his life.
“Not only is it tragic because of the loss of a life, but the fact that these other lives have been ruined as well,“ said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
Greene’s mom had set a strict curfew for her son — 9:30 p.m. He was already home, and she’d ordered him a pizza.
But what she didn’t know is what happened to Ponsi, just about 20 minutes before.
“He was like, ‘She was real hard on me, J.’ I said, ‘Well, look, we’ve only got one mother in this world. You’ve got to be appreciative of the fact that she’s been hard on you because most little kids don’t have that,’” said Evans.
Ponsi’s heartbroken mother tells WJZ hearing about the young suspect’s background makes it even harder to bear.
“It’s always ‘us against them.’ It’s the victim against the families of the accused,” said Dawn Ponsi. “My heart go out to her as well. Neither of us should be in this position.”
The two other teenagers charged are Antwan Eldridge and Daquan Middleton.
In all of last year, five juveniles charged with murder in Baltimore City.
Police say anyone who has additional information should give them a call.