Man charged in murder of woman found handcuffed, asphyxiated

City police say they have made an arrest in the killing of a 44-year-old woman found handcuffed and bound by the feet in her bedroom at the McCulloh Homes housing project. 

Cheryl Thomas was found May 3 in the 400 block of Cummings Court at about 5 p.m. after police received a call for an assault, according to police spokesman Sgt. Anthony Smith. Officers found Thomas dead in her bed, the victim of an apparent asphyxiation. She was partially clothed, and was handcuffed with her feet bound, police said.

City homicide detectives have arrested Edward Ford, 36, and charged him with first-degree murder, second-degree child abuse, theft of a motor vehicle, and various assault charges, according to court records.

Smith, the police spokesman, did not have information on a motive or how Ford was linked to child abuse and car theft counts, and court documents were not immediately available. Ford was ordered held without bond at a bail review hearing Monday morning. 


Police have identified the man found shot to death on the grounds of a school in Northwest Baltimore on Friday morning. Quintin Poindexter, 18, of the 2500 block of Hollins St., was pronounced dead at the scene after being found by a woman walking her dog, and a murder investigation is continuing, police said.

A motive was not known, though Poindexter, who would have turned 19 in June, is listed on the city's gun offender registry and had a pending drug case in Circuit Court, records show. 


Authorities were also working to confirm the identity of a man found shot to death Sunday afternoon in a vacant home in Central Park Heights, according to The Sun's Mary Gail Hare. Officers were called to the 3000 block Oakley Avenue shortly after 3 p.m. The victim had sustained a gunshot wound to the head and his death is being investigated as a murder, police said.


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