Several teens are facing serious charges for involvement in recent violent crime incidents in Baltimore. The suspects range in age from 15 to 20 and the charges from burglary to car theft to attempted murder.
"I can't, I've lost count of the young people we are talking about, but between the age of 15 to 20 facing attempted murder charges and that's their lives right now over a bunch of foolishness. This is a bunch of foolishness," said Baltimore Police spokesperson Chief T.J. Smith.
Smith was frustrated as he described the arrest of Antonio Whittington, 17, and Tay'Zion Taylor, 15, for attempted murder.
"Sad situation when we are talking about a 15-year-old charged as an adult with attempted first degree murder," he said.
Whittington and Taylor were arrested on May 20 and June 1, respectively for a shooting that happened on May 18 in the 200 block of S. Herring Court.
On June 1, 18-year-old Cory Williams was arrested and charged with murder, attempted murder, and aggravated assault. Police believe he was connected to a February 3 home invasion and shooting as well as homicide on February 9.
On February 3, 2017 an armed suspect forced entry into a home in the 1800 block of W. Franklin Street. The suspect shot two people and pistol whipped a third. The same suspect then shot and killed 21-year-old Deontae Bluefort on February 9, 2017 in the 200 block of Hilton Street.
Williams is currently at Central Booking. Smith commented on his booking photo Friday.
"Young man who was pretty excited to be arrested," he said. "Probably not the first time if you can smile like that on a serious situation when you're charged with attempted murder."
Thursday, 18-year-old Terrance Small and 19-year-old Tyquon Morton were arrested for shooting two people on May 3.
"It's always disturbing when you see mug shots where young people are smiling because this not a joke, this is real like and some of these people are taking people's lives and some of these folks are throwing their own lives away and it's completely ridiculous," Smith said.