BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A 22-year-old man has been charged with the January murder of Chesley Patterson, the manager of a popular restaurant in Little Italy, Baltimore police said Wednesday.
Samuel Wise is charged with first degree murder, armed robbery, assault and a host of related charges in Patterson’s death. According to the charging documents, Wise was committing an armed robbery in Fells Point when he tried to rob Patterson and ended up shooting him.
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Officers responded after midnight Jan. 24 at the intersection of Eastern Avenue and South Broadway in Fells Point to a shooting, where they found 44-year-old Patterson. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The shooting happened shortly after Patterson closed his shop at La Scala Ristorante Italiano and was on his way home.
According to the charging documents, detectives discovered through video footage from a doorbell camera that Patterson parked on the 1700 block of Eastern Avenue around 1:05 a.m. and drove to a store. alcohols. When Patterson returned from the liquor store, he placed some items in his trunk and climbed back into the driver’s seat of his car.
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A golden van then allegedly blocked Patterson in the parking spot. An armed passenger got out and could be seen in the footage forcefully opening Patterson’s door. After a struggle, the suspect shot Patterson once.
The same van was seen in surveillance footage from two previous flights at Fells Point that night, the documents show.
Detectives developed Wise as a suspect after reviewing camera footage, conducting interviews and reviewing physical evidence. A warrant has been obtained and Wise was arrested Tuesday in West Baltimore.
Police said Wise was transported to police headquarters, where he was questioned by homicide detectives. After the interview, Wise reportedly attempted to escape from headquarters but was apprehended.
Wise is being held at Central Booking and is waiting to see a court commissioner.