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Gunmen Accused Of Shooting Baltimore Cop Indicted For Roles In Organized Crime

Karon Foster and Rashaud Nesmith were part of a criminal organization that committed robberies, carjackings, and murder.

Baltimore, MD – Two of the suspects involved in the 2019 shooting of Baltimore Police Sergeant Isaac Carrington were also members of a criminal organization that committed armed carjackings, robberies, and multiple murders.

Karon Foster, 26, and Rashaud Nesmith, 19, allegedly shot Sgt. Carrington during an attempted robbery outside the off-duty officer’s home on Aug. 8, 2019.

The attack occurred at approximately 3:34 p.m., when a masked suspect jumped out of a passing vehicle and pointed a gun at the 43-year-old sergeant and his neighbor.

The gunman ordered the men to give him their valuables, at which point the neighbor threw his belongings onto the ground and fled, WEAA reported.

Sgt. Carrington ran in the opposite direction, but the gunman chased after him, then shot him multiple times.

The suspect then got back into the vehicle and fled the area.

Sgt. Carrington was rushed to the University of Maryland Medical Center Shock Trauma, where he immediately underwent surgery, WEAA reported.

The 22-year veteran-of-the-force was on life support after the attack, having suffered gunshot wounds to the torso and some of his extremities.

He was hospitalized for over two weeks before he was released to continue his recovery at home, WJZ reported.

Police arrested Nesmith and Foster in connection with the shooting approximately six weeks after the attack.

Court documents police had discovered “a photograph of Carrington’s gun after it was taken from him” during a search of one of the suspects’ cell phones.

Foster was also charged in connection with several other shootings, carjackings, armed robberies, and a homicide at the time of his September of 2019 arrest, WJZ reported.

On Thursday, a federal grand jury indicted Foster, Nesmith, and two other suspects for their roles in the organized crime ring.

The indictment accused the group of committing four armed robberies and six armed carjackings in Baltimore between Apr. 19, 2019 and Aug. 8, 2019.

Foster was allegedly involved in two associated homicides, while Nesmith was allegedly involved in one.

According to the indictment, the crew would intimidate anyone who they perceived was interfering with their criminal enterprise.

Foster has been charged with conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity, carjacking conspiracy, conspiracy to use and carry a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, three counts of carjacking, three counts of use, carry and brandish a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, carjacking resulting in death, and use, carry and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, WJZ reported.

Nesmith has been charged with conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity, carjacking conspiracy, conspiracy to use and carry a firearm during an in relation to a crime of violence, carjacking, and use carry, and brandish a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

The other two suspects, 29-year-old Daniel Williams and 30-year-old Jamai Wells, have been indicted on similar charges.

“We will not allow armed carjacking and robbery crews to threaten our neighborhoods and victimize our communities,” U.S. Attorney Robert Hur told WJZ. “Having allegedly used guns to bring fear and death to our streets, these defendants now face the prospect of years in federal prison. Police officers, federal agents, and state and federal prosecutors are united and determined to bring such violent offenders to justice together.”

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division Special Agent in Charge Timothy Jones also praised the joint investigation.

“Citizens of Baltimore City deserve to feel that they can drive down this city’s streets and stand in their front yard without fear of gun violence or death,” SAC Jones said in a statement to WBFF. “We are proud of the partnerships we have with both prosecutors and law enforcement that allows ATF Special Agents and Baltimore Police Task Force Officers to get violent offenders, especially those who use firearms to commit their crimes, off the street and brought to justice.”

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said he has a “deep appreciation” for the federal officers’ dedication to the investigation.

“We are extremely grateful for this partnership that brought this case to closure and ensuring that justice will be served,” Commissioner Harrison said, according to WBFF. “We will continue to work side-by-side with all of our law enforcement partners in identifying and apprehending repeat violent offenders and taking them off the streets of Baltimore.”

Holly Matkin - February Fri, 2020

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