For Immediate Release: 1/24/18
Central Baltimore—Corey Clark and Marquis Alston were convicted by a Baltimore City jury for attempting to rob two men at gunpoint, an attack that resulted in one man sustaining a single gunshot wound to the back of the neck.
Clark was convicted of two counts of first degree assault, attempted robbery with a deadly weapon, two counts of conspiracy to commit first degree assault, and using a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence. Alston was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to commit first degree assault, two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery with a deadly weapon, and conspiracy to commit a crime of violence while using a handgun.
Assistant State’s Attorney Alex Rothstein, assigned to the Gun Violence Enforcement Division (GVED), prosecuted the case.
Just after midnight on December 5, 2016, two Miami Dolphin fans visiting from Alabama for the Ravens-Dolphins game on December 4, 2016 were returning to their hotel in the unit block of West Fayette Street when they were approached by Clark and an unidentified individual. Both assailants pointed a gun at the men and demanded their money.
Clark began to ruffle through one victim’s left pocket. Victim #1 resisted, causing the unidentified assailant to instruct Clark to fire. Victim #2 intervened, attempting to knock the gun from Clark’s hand. At that moment, Clark drew back and fired the one shot, which struck Victim #1 in the back of the neck. The two assailants fled in different directions. The victims chased the unidentified male along Fayette Street before he turned left at an alley and the victims abandoned their chase as they noticed a Baltimore Police car ahead at the Radisson Hotel.
Simultaneously, Clark fled into the driver’s side of a silver Ford van that was approaching from Charles Street. The van drove westbound, passing the police officers who were completing a disorderly conduct call at the Radisson Hotel. The victims were able to point out the van as it approached the red light at Fayette Street and Liberty Street. Police officers were able to observe the van and two police vehicles initiated a pursuit.
Police attempted to conduct a traffic stop of the van by utilizing their lights and sirens, but the van refused to stop. Without losing sight of the van, officers observed Clark jump out at 24th and Barclay streets—attempting to flee on foot. He was apprehended by one of the pursuing patrol units in a nearby alley. The van stopped in the 2300 block of North Howard Street after an eight minute pursuit, and the driver—identified as Marquis Alston—was apprehended.
“While crime will not be tolerated in any corner of this city, it is even more disheartening when it impacts those visiting our great city,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “Baltimore’s economy relies heavily on tourism through arts, entertainment, and sports. These types of crimes damage the City’s image and deprives us of valuable tourism dollars that help improve the quality of living for all who live, work and play in Baltimore City. I am thankful that GVED was able to secure a conviction that will remove another violent repeat gun offender from our streets, as well as the individual who helped facilitate this attack by driving the getaway vehicle. I hope the victims recover from the emotional and physical trauma they sustained to this attack, and do not judge Baltimore by this senseless attack.”
Clark faces a maximum of 100 years in prison for his crimes, while Alston could spend up to 60 years behind bars. Both are scheduled for sentencing on March 13, 2018.