Man Accused of Killing Donatella the Turtle During Parkville Burglary Arrested in Baltimore

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On right: Michael Kennard Jones, 23, Courtesy of Baltimore County Police

Less than 24 hours after Baltimore County police announced they were searching for a man who allegedly killed a woman’s turtle while robbing her home, authorities caught up with their suspect in Baltimore City.

Baltimore police officers took Michael Kennard Jones, 23, into custody this morning, according to a release from their colleagues across the city-county line. A citizen apparently spotted Jones walking in the 1300 block of N. Milton Avenue in East Baltimore and called the cops straight away. Police are now booking Jones downtown before they transfer him into the custody of county police.

Jones was wanted in connection with a January home burglary in Parkville that turned fatal for a woman’s pet turtle. Police said yesterday that Jones and an accomplice, 24-year-old Calvin Fogg, entered the woman’s home on Barnwell Court overnight while she was away between Jan. 20-21 and stole two TV sets, jewelry, checks, electronics and other items valued in total at more than $1,000.

Before they left, police say Jones snatched the woman’s turtle, Donatella, out of her aquarium, stabbed her with a knife sharpener from the kitchen and left her to die on the floor.

Police caught up with Fogg earlier this month, but were still searching for Jones. Both men face charges of first-degree burglary, theft of between $1,000 and $10,000 and aggravated animal cruelty. Jones is also being charged in connection with a previous home invasion involving a gun, police said.

“The Baltimore County Police Department would like to thank the Baltimore City Police Department and the County and City citizens who became involved and aided us in the search and capture of this felon,” police said in a release.

Fogg was released on $10,000 bail last week, according to court records. Neither of the men have court dates scheduled yet in connection with this sad, cruel incident.

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Ethan McLeod

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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