One of three (likely Muslim) men charged with the murder of Israeli citizen Efraim Gordon on May 3rd in Baltimore was arrested for grand theft auto of a Lexus SUV the same day but was released from custody.
Law Enforcement Today 18-year-old William Clinton was one of three teens charged in Gordon’s murder in Northwest Baltimore last month. Clinton, 18, 16-year-old, Rasheed Morris, and 17-year-old, Omarian Anderson, are being held without bail, police said. Gordon was fatally shot multiple times in what police said appeared to be a robbery. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died.
On the same day as the shooting, Clinton was arrested by Baltimore police after being pursued in a stolen Burgundy Lexus SUV just before 8 p.m. He was arrested and charged with grand theft and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle. Clinton was booked and taken before a “judicial officer,” who released Clinton from custody with conditions.
Police later determined the stolen SUV was used by the trio to flee the scene of Gordon’s murder. It is unclear if investigators had determined Clinton was a suspect in the murder prior to his arrest and release for the stolen vehicle.
When asked if police were aware of Clinton’s involvement in the earlier murder at the time of his arrest for the stolen vehicle, a Baltimore Police spokesperson told media: “No, MDTA Police Officers attempted to stop the vehicle because it had been reported as stolen.”
When asked why a person charged with stealing a vehicle would be released from custody, the spokesperson said: “MDTA Police Officers transported Clinton to the Baltimore Central Booking & Intake Center, where a judicial officer determined pretrial release conditions.”