Northeast District Makes Arrest after Death of 75-Year-Old in Care Center Ruled a Homicide

The Baltimore Police Department (BPD) has made an arrest in reference to the homicide of 75-year-old Ellsworth Johnson-Bey that occurred in the Northeast District in 2022. Investigators have arrested 35-year-old Obiageriaku Jane Iheanacho of Middle River.

On Jan. 19, homicide detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Iheanacho. Warrant Apprehension Detectives arrested Iheanacho on Jan. 24 in the 4900 block of Hazelwood Avenue, without incident.

Obiageriaku Jane Iheanacho was transported to Central Booking Intake Facility where she has been charged with second-degree murder and first and second-degree assault.

On May 18, 2022, at approximately 3:45 p.m., Northeast District patrol officers responded to the 5000 block of Frankford Road to Investigate a reported aggravated assault.

Once at the location, officers spoke with a Care Center Manager, who advised a 75-year-old male patient was knocked down and injured by a contractual employee. The victim suffered a broken hip during the assault. The victim was transported to an area hospital, where he was admitted.

On September 5, 2022, at approximately 05:37 a.m., a hospital staff member informed officers that Johnson-Bey had passed during to his injuries. The deceased was then transported to the Medical Examiners’ Office for an autopsy and homicide was notified.

On Jan. 12, 2023, at approximately 06:00 a.m., the Medical Examiners’ Office ruled the death a homicide by blunt force trauma.

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