For Immediate Release: 11/14/17
East Baltimore — Ronald Harper was convicted of transporting a handgun on his person and illegally possessing ammunition. Assistant State’s Attorney Katherine Anthony prosecuted the case.
On August 15, 2017 at approximately 8:00 p.m., Officers Christopher Mumey, Norman Jones Jr., and Anthony Casabona were patrolling the 700 block of North Lakewood Avenue because of recent gun violence in the area. The officers observed a silver Honda Accord traveling south bound. The driver was not wearing his seatbelt.
Officer Mumey turned the car around to initiate a traffic stop. He activated his lights and sirens in the 2700 block of East Monument Street, but the Accord did not stop until it reached the 700 block of North Belnord Avenue.
Officer Jones approached the driver, and Officers Mumey and Casabona approached the passenger — Harper. Police could smell the strong odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Both, Harper and the driver, were asked to exit the vehicle, as police proceeded to search it.
The search turned up a black Glock 17 9mm handgun with 15 live rounds. Both men were arrested and taken in for questioning.
“As violent crime continues to plague our communities, optimum police work can lead to strong cases and solid convictions of those who feel the need to tote guns and perpetrate violence,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “Thanks to this traffic stop, there is one more gun off our streets and unable to be used to harm another.”
Harper faces a maximum of four years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on December 14, 2017.