Three more teenage boys have been charged as adults in the killing of Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio [photo].
Darrell Jaymar Ward, 15, Derrick Eugene Matthews, 16, and Eugene Robert Genius IV, 17, were each charged with first-degree murder. All three also face first-degree burglary charges.
None of the teens had an attorney listed in court records. They are scheduled for a bail review hearing at 1 p.m. today.
Tuesday, Dawnta Anthony Harris, 16, the first member of the gang to be captured, was similarly charged with first-degree murder in Caprio’s death this week.
The other three teens eluded a massive manhunt Monday afternoon and evening but were arrested later at their East Baltimore homes..
At his arraignment, Harris was described by the judge as ‘a one man crime wave’.
“In the last six months, no offense, but your client is a one-man crime wave,” District Judge Sally Chester told his defence attorney.
“I’m not certain any juvenile facility is secure enough to hold him,” the judge said.
He was ordered held without bail.
Caprio, 29 and a nearly four-year veteran of the force, died Monday afternoon after she was called to investigate a suspicious Jeep on Linwen Way in Perry Hall. A 911 caller reported three people left the Jeep and had broken into a home, according to charging documents.
Dawnta Anthony Harris [not in the photo], Eugene Robert Genius [left], Derrick Eugene Mathews [centre] and Darrell Jaymar Ward [right], were arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree murder in the death of officer Amy Caprio
The four teenage robbers were stealing jewelry and cash from homes in Perry Hall when Caprio confronted Harris,. Caprio came upon the Jeep and pursued the teen driver, whom they identified as Harris, down the cul-de-sac. She got out of her patrol car, drew her gun and ordered Harris out, police said. Harris ran over Caprio as she opened fire, according to police.
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Harris faces life in prison if convicted and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing next month in Baltimore County District Court.
During an interview at police headquarters, Harris identified his accomplices – Genius, Matthews and Ward as the three suspects committing the burglary at 3 Linwen Way as Harris waited in the Jeep, according to charging documents.
Dawnta Anthony Harris [photo], was the first member of the gang to be arrested and charged Tuesday. Harris 16, was charged as an adult and faces a sentence of life in prison
Genius, Matthews and Ward were arrested Tuesday and transported to Baltimore County Police headquarters, according to charging documents.
During interviews at police headquarters, Matthews and Ward admitted to committing the burglary, according to charging documents. Genius initially declined to give a statement, but later objected to being charged with murder and said he was in the house when the murder occurred, according to the documents. Genius said he only knew two of the others involved, not all three, according to charging documents.