For Immediate Release 5/12/15
Kevin Smith was convicted last Friday of a handgun crime in the 500 block of Normandy Ave in Allendale.
Smith, who was previously convicted of second-degree rape was prohibited from possessing a firearm as a disqualified person. Assistant State’s Attorney Jesse Arnold prosecuted the case.
Last summer, Southwestern District police officers were patrolling the Allendale neighborhood, when they witnessed a crowd of individuals gathered in the street. The officers stopped and asked the crowd to disperse without issue. Shortly after the individuals cleared the area, Officer David Bodine conducted a sweep of the area to determine if any weapons or drugs had been stashed in and around the vehicles parked in the block. Officer Bodine discovered a Smith & Wesson .38 special revolver with five rounds in the chamber hidden in the wheel well of a Chevrolet Cavalier parked on the block.
Officer Bodine, a four year veteran of the Southwestern District, removed the firearm, and scaled a 15 foot tree to wait on a suspect to return to the Cavalier to retrieve the weapon. Officer Bodine waited in the tree for approximately 30 minutes before he witnessed Smith return to the block and check the parked Cavalier’s wheel well for the revolver.
“[Officer Bodine] is really a great cop. He radioed to the arrest team from his position in the tree to have Smith arrested.” Arnold said.
Arnold did not stop with praise of Bodine’s tree climbing skills.
“He testified beautifully. The defense tried to trip him up, and he was able to carefully explain to the jury everything that happened that night.”
Smith is scheduled for sentencing on July 13, 2015. He faces 15 years of incarceration with a minimum of five years without parole because of his probation violation and previous offenses.
“We have some of the most dedicated officers in the country right here in Baltimore. You have to appreciate the great lengths police, go through to keep our communities safe. I’m glad that Jesse and Officer Bodine worked so well together on this case. Their team work got another firearm, and another violent offender off our streets.” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said.