For Immediate Release: 10/4/2017
North Baltimore — A Baltimore City jury found Dimas Osorio-Vasquez, 20, guilty of attempted first degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence, and conspiracy to commit murder.
Assistant State’s Attorney Matt Pillion of the Gun Violence Enforcement Division prosecuted the case.
On the night of January 15, 2017, in the 6700 block of German Hill Road, the victim—a security guard at the Playbook Sports Bar and Lounge in the Graceland Park community—stood inside by the entrance of the bar. The defendant and his unknown male friend were among the bar’s patrons that night. During the course of the evening, the defendant and his friend got into an argument with the victim after he attempted to enforce bar’s rules.
Osorio-Vasquez made a number of aggressive remarks to the victim before leaving with the unknown male.
A short time later, security video captured a partially masked Osorio-Vasquez and his friend return to the bar. As Osorio-Vasquez hid at the corner of the building, his friend approached the victim and began another argument with him. As the argument continued, video captured the unknown male holding the front door of the bar partially ajar so Osorio-Vasquez—who was now wielding a shotgun—could come from behind, breaching the threshold of the doorway just enough to fire directly at the victim. The pellets from the shotgun blast struck the victim in his right arm and chest, causing severe injury. As the victim retreated into the bar for cover, Osorio-Vasquez and his friend ran off.
Police and medics quickly arrived on the scene, and the victim was taken to Bayview Hospital.
During the investigation, Lead Detective Alton McCallum of the Baltimore Police Department’s Citywide Shooting Unit recovered surveillance video from the bar’s security system which clearly showed the shotgun attack unfold. In speaking to witnesses, Detective McCallum was able to develop information identifying Osorio-Vasquez as the suspected shooter.
After observing Osorio-Vasquez’s picture in a double-blind photographic array, the victim positively identified Osorio-Vasquez as the person who shot him. Another security guard at the bar also identified Osorio-Vasquez in a photographic array as the man arguing with the victim at the bar on the night of the shooting.
A warrant was issued for Osorio-Vasquez’s arrest. He was apprehended in Virginia shortly thereafter and extradited back to Maryland.
“It’s hard to understand how an argument in a bar between someone carrying out the duties of his job and a patron could lead to such incredible violence,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “The defendant could spend the rest of his life in prison because he couldn’t walk away from an argument without resorting to violence. We’ve got to teach our young people to make better choices in life and that the consequences of violence are slim—death or jail; neither of which we want for them.”
The identity of Osorio-Vasquez’s unknown male friend is still under investigation.
The defendant is to be scheduled on October 20, 2017. He faces a maximum penalty of two life sentences, plus 20 years.