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APD Media Release 02/08/14

Annapolis Police Make Arrests in Two Shootings

On January 13th at 7:47pm Devonte Simms, 19, of Annapolis was walking in the area of the 700 block of Newtowne Dr when he heard a gunshot and started running.  As he was running he heard a second gunshot and was struck once in the foot.  Simms was transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center for a non-life threatening injury.  On January 27th Craig Ireland, 19, of Annapolis was charged in the shooting of Devonte Simms.  Ireland was charged with first degree assault, reckless endangerment, possession of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure, possession of a handgun, and use of a firearm in a felony or violent crime.  He is being held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center on $250,000 bond.

UPDATE
Through investigation Annapolis Police Department detectives determined that earlier in the evening on January 13th Devonte Simms and Craig Ireland were involved in an argument.  At that time Simms produced a gun and shot at Ireland, missing him.  Ireland fled from the area and later returned and shot Simms in the ankle.  On February 7th Simms was arrested and charged with attempted first and second degree murder, first and second degree assault, reckless endangerment, handgun on person, and use of a firearm in a felony or violent crime.  He is being held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center without bond.  Anyone with information about this shooting is urged to contact Detective Charles Bealefeld at 410-268-9000 ext. 7299 or cebealefeld@annapolis.gov

Devonte Simms
Devonte Simms

On January 21st at 12:53am officers responded to the area of 960 President St for multiple calls regarding shots fired.  Officers located SieFullah Bridges, 36, of Philadelphia outside of the building suffering from multiple gun shot wounds.  Bridges was in the area when he was approached by three men who took his wallet.  During the robbery Bridges was shot multiple times.  Bridges was transported to Baltimore Shock Trauma for treatment. 

UPDATE
Through investigation Annapolis Police Department detectives identified Avaun Johnson, 27, of Pasadena as the shooter of SieFullah Bridges.  On February 7, 2014 detectives from the Annapolis Police Department, with the assistance of Anne Arundel County Police Department officers, arrested Johnson in Glen Burnie.  Johnson is charged with attempted first degree murder, attempted second degree murder, first and second degree assault, reckless endangerment, handgun on person, use of a firearm in a felony or violent crime, armed robbery, robbery, and theft less than $1,000.  Johnson is being held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center without bond on these charges.  If you have information about this incident please contact Detective John Murphy at 410-268-9000 ext. 7268 or jhmurphy@annapolis.gov.  

Avaun Johnson
Avaun Johnson

“I commend the officers and detectives who worked very hard on these cases,” said Police Chief Michael Pristoop.  “Violent crime will not be tolerated by the community or our Police.  Closing these cases quickly hopefully is a sense of relief for the community.  We cannot do this without the help and cooperation from the citizens we serve.”

Metro Crime Stoppers:

If you have information on the above incidents, please call, email, or text your tip to Metro Crime Stoppers Hotline Available 24-Hours A Day Toll Free at 1-866-7LOCKUP or Text “MCS plus your message” to CRIMES (274637)

Visit the website at http://www.metrocrimestoppers.net

Phone calls are not recorded and callers remain anonymous. You may also be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000!