Police Charge Man, 29, in Murder of Baltimore Tattoo Museum Employee

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One of James Forrester’s alleged killers is now in custody.

Baltimore police on Thursday arrested 29-year-old Michael Bailey, of East Baltimore’s Madison-Eastend neighborhood, charging him with murder, assault, reckless endangerment and other offenses in the Dec. 18 killing of piercer and musician James Forrester.

Forrester, 43, was gunned down while talking on the phone with his wife outside the Baltimore Tattoo Museum on Eastern Avenue. Forrester worked there as a piercer, and was also the bassist for Maryland-based stoner rock groups Foghound and Serpents of Secrecy. He lived in Ranson, W.V.

BPD chief spokesman T.J. Smith said at a press conference today that Bailey was one of two suspects seen in surveillance footage from nearby, which police released to the public on Dec. 22. They’re still searching for the second man, he said.

“It seems to be just a senseless act of violence that was committed against [Forrester],” Smith said. He said no other information is available about a motive just yet, though police suspect Forrester was killed during an attempted robbery. He was shot once in the chest.

Tips helped authorities identify Bailey from the surveillance footage, Smith said. Police are still asking for tips from the public to identify the second suspect.

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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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