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Police arrest man in killing outside Baltimore tattoo parlor

Police arrest man in killing outside Baltimore tattoo parlor



One of two suspects has been charged in the murder of a Fells Point tattoo artist outside the Baltimore Tattoo Museum in December, police announced Friday. The second suspect has not yet been identified, and police ask anyone with information to come forward.

Michael Bailey, 29, of the 2600 block of Ashland Avenue, has been charged with murder, assault, weapons and related charges related to the Dec. 18 shooting death of James Forrester, police said.

Forrester, 43, was shot during a physical confrontation at 7:35 p.m. on Dec. 18 in the 1500 block of Eastern Avenue, according to police. Officers dispatched to an assault found Baltimore City medics tending to Forrester, who was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

At the time, police said that it was believed a robbery preceded the shooting, which occurred as Forrester’s wife was on the phone with him. Forrester had been standing outside the Baltimore Tattoo Museum, where WBAL reported he was a body piercer.

Police released surveillance video of the two suspects that resulted in people recognizing and identifying Forrester, according to Baltimore Police Chief of Media Relations TJ Smith.

“Tips from the community have been instrumental in helping us,” Smith said.

Bailey was charged with first and second-degree murder, first and second-degree assault, using a firearm in a felony crime, reckless endangerment, having a handgun on his person, discharging a firearm and conspiracy to commit the previously mentioned offenses, according to police. He was taken Thursday to central booking for processing.

“We’re still searching for information on the second suspect in this case,” Smith said at a Friday press briefing.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 410-396-2100; contact Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP; or text a tip to 443-902-4824.

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