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Man arrested, second suspect wanted in killing of MTA Mobility driver in Baltimore

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Posted at 7:48 PM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 14:42:23-05

BALTIMORE — Police have arrested a man and are searching for another in connection to the deadly shooting of an MTA Mobility van driver

Baltimore Homicide detectives have arrested 28 year-old Ernest Ford, on murder charges.

Now investigators need help finding 32-year-old Marquis Poteat, for his alleged role in the incident.

Police say 49-year-old Frankye Duckett was on-duty when he was shot and killed Friday afternoon on Moraiva Road.

Detectives believe Duckett was seated inside his MTA work van, when an unidentified gunman approached and shot him.

The suspect(s) then fled in a tan or beige colored Ford Crown Victoria or a Grand Marquis.

MTA Administrator Kevin Quinn released this statement following the shooting:

"We are deeply saddened by another tragic loss this evening as one of our First Transit Mobility service operators was killed on the job. The safety of our employees and our riders is MDOT MTA’s highest priority. Violence against transit operators needs to stop immediately. MDOT MTA is grateful for our operators’ dedication in transporting essential workers to critical jobs and, in this case, transporting our most vulnerable customers to essential services during the pandemic each and every day. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this most difficult time."

Governor Larry Hogan also commented on Twitter about the incident.

"This is the second time in a matter of months an MTA driver has been killed while serving the community. He was helping some of our most vulnerable citizens. It is absolutely senseless, and we will not tolerate this violence. Please keep his family in your prayers tonight."

Anyone with information can call Homicide Detectives at 410-396-2100 or Call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lock-Up.