Baltimore Cold Case Detectives Make Two Arrests
Greg Ng, Staff Writer

POSTED: 3:18 p.m. EST March 6, 2003
UPDATED: 3:23 a.m. EST March 8, 2003

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore City Police Department's Cold Case Squad has made arrests in two cold homicide cases Thursday.

Detectives served a warrant for the arrest of Al Holden, 32, of the 6500 block of Park Heights Avenue, for his alleged involvement in the murder of Omari Jomo Garcia, 29.

According to police, Garcia's murder occurred in the late evening of May 17, 1997, in the 3300 block of Garrison Avenue. Police reportedly responded to a shooting call and found Garcia suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Witnesses were able to provide Cold Case Squad detectives with the identification and a confirmation that Holden committed the murder, according to police.

Cold Case Squad detectives also obtained a warrant for the arrest of Eugene Bates, 28, who is accused of murdering Jessie Paylor Jr., 22, in the evening of Dec. 27, 1992. At that time, police officers responded to a call to a vacant lot in the 1700 block of West Fayette Street and found Paylor Jr. lying on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives questioned the remaining living witnesses of the alleged murder who positively identified and confirmed that Bates committed the murder, according to police. Bates is currently serving time in the Jessup Detention Center on unrelated drug charges.

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