Law enforcement officials say they’ve caught the person who gunned down a bartender in Canton in June 2017, along with 12 others who were allegedly trafficking in drugs and guns and intimidating witnesses as part of the same Bloods gang subset known as “500” or “500 L.”
At a press conference today, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh announced charges of first- and second-degree murder, as well as 17 gun, drug, gang and other charges, against 18-year-old Malik Mungo. Frosh said that after more than a year of investigating by city, county and federal authorities, they had enough evidence to show Mungo and an accomplice confronted 27-year-old Sebastian Dvorak on Boston Street last summer.
“Though Sebastian is not here to tell us what happened next, our investigation has revealed that Mr. Mungo and his accomplice approached Sebastian and robbed him,” Frosh said. “Then they shot him in the chest.”
The indictment against Mungo says fellow alleged members of “500 L” warned him that he’d been seen on surveillance footage near the shooting scene in the days afterward, and helped him to get rid of the gun by trading it for another (which police later recovered).
More broadly, the indictment alleges they sold other guns, trafficked in a host of drugs, including a synthetic passed off as MDMA, carried out robberies and shootings and intimidated witnesses around their territory in McElderry Park since at least 2014. As an example of said witness intimidation, Frosh said they circulated the name and picture of an incarcerated state’s witness in a 2016 Baltimore County murder case, labeling him a “rat” online.
Authorities built their case against the group through 2017 and 2018—Frosh said “there was a lot of undercover work that was done here”—logging dozens of drug transactions, communications about alleged gang activity and tracing movement of guns. The alleged members of “500 L” were apparently aware of the building case; the indictment says that just this month, high-ranking member Robert Lewis “discussed his plan to have an associate ‘take care’ of Malik Mungo, who Lewis blamed for his and his co-defendants’ pending charges.”
In addition to Mungo and Lewis, the state has also charged Clinton Davis, Joseph Flowers Case, Duwarn Holt, Markeece Jordan, Vernon Miller, Dante Neal, Gregory Randle, Harvey Turner, Keith Worthington, Lienell Young and Timothy Zeller.
“They all face many years behind bars,” Frosh said.
At the press conference announcing their charges, officials praised the multi-agency collaboration between police and prosecutors from the city and county, as well as the FBI, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Baltimore office and state and federal prosecutors.
They also lauded Dvorak’s family—his father and mother were both present at the announcement—for their collaboration and patience with the investigation.
“I do hope this brings some bit of closure to you that somebody is gonna be held accountable for this”” said Baltimore Police Maj. John Herzog.
“I know this is a very difficult time, and your strength and courage under these circumstances is amazing,” added FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Gordon Johnson.
Local media covered Dvorak’s murder last summer and this year as it remained unsolved. A GoFundMe to support his family raised more than $27,000. Reports noted he was a popular bartender in the area, and he had been walking home from his 27th birthday party the night he was killed.
Addressing reporters, his father, David Dvorak, fought back tears while saying he could still hear his son singing chanting the tune of “Seven Nation Army,” and that he “might be looking down right now and saying, ‘It’s about time.'” He thanked community members who offered information to authorities in spite of an unwritten “don’t snitch” rule, and acknowledged his son’s murder was one of hundreds that happened in Baltimore last year, many of which remain unsolved.
“Sebastian’s life was stolen for literally nothing, nothing but a complete disregard for life. This heinous crime cannot go unanswered in a just society,” he said, before adding: “So although Baltimore has its problems, as a community we must never ever abandon justice. Because when injustice rules, hope and charity will ultimately be lost.”
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