Man accused of killing popular Baltimore restaurant manager tries to escape police custody

A suspect in a homicide earlier this year attempted to escape from Baltimore police headquarters after being charged with first-degree murder, authorities said.

Samuel Wise was arrested in connection with the January shooting death of Chesley Patterson on Tuesday, April 12, Baltimore police said. After completing his interview, Wise attempted to escape from headquarters but was quickly apprehended and sent to Central Booking for processing, police said.

The shooting occurred in the 1700 block of Eastern Avenue around 12:30 a.m. on January 24, police said. Upon arrival, officers found Patterson suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital where he later died, police said.

Patterson was well known in the Baltimore community as manager of La Scala Ristorante Italiano. He was reportedly shot and killed by Wise as he left the restaurant for the night. Patterson’s death sent shock waves through the community.

“I will NEVER forget you my friend”, a Facebook user wrote. “I will always cherish our fond memories and pray that your untimely death does not go unnoticed in this crazy town of ours.”

With Wise’s arrest, people have taken to social media to once again remember Patterson’s legacy.

“Chesley Patterson was one of the nicest people in the world. He was murdered in cold blood on his way home from work,” said Baltimore City Councilman Zeke Cohen. Facebook. “This callous disregard for human life cannot be accepted or tolerated. We are grateful for the good detective work that led to an arrest in this case.”

Wise is now waiting to see a court commissioner.

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