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Elected Officials Ask Police Commissioner for Padlock Hearing

Violent crimes at Yau Bros. Chinese Carryout are prompting a letter from a city councilwoman and a state delegate.

Baltimore City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke and state Del. Mary Washington are sending a letter to Baltimore City police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld asking him to hold a hearing that could result in closing the Yau Bros. Carryout on Greemount Avenue.

Both Clarke and Washington confirmed they are sending the letter and expressed frustration with repeated occurrences of violent crime at the carryout.

The carryout, located at 2901 Greenmount Ave., has been the scene of several shootings and murders in recent years. Most recently, 52-year-old Freddie Jones Jr. was gunned down on Oct. 31.

Since then with Freddie Jones’ murder after police said the teenager confessed to the killing. 

Following a nuisance abatement hearing— sometimes referred to as a “padlock hearing”—the commissioner has the power to close a business for up to a year if he believes an establishment represents a threat to the community.

Washington said she is looking for the owner of the carryout to step up and take more responsibility for what has happened at the restaurant, and add security. She said that currentlty city residents are subsidizing the business' security because police are either parked outside or checking in hourly at Yau Bros.

“Everybody’s glad he has a . But clearly the video camera is not a deterrent,” Washington said regarding the restaurant's current security system.

Efforts by Patch to contact the owner of the carryout were unsuccessful. The store was closed on Friday afternoon. Electronic state property records list the restaurant's address as the owner’s mailing address.  

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Leona MacDonald November 14, 2011 at 02:44 AM
John, I can tell you haven't been paying attention. Casey is closing because there is no support from the Police or the local government. I bet you if they supported closing yau brothers he'd change his mind. Next murder ...I bet Yau Brothers will close. I did hear about the shooting on barkley and no I wouldn't close down the street...BUT ...if there hadn't been 24x7 police duty sitting outside at yau brothers maybe the shooting a block away wouldn't have happened because they'd have PATROLED BARKLAY. I never said a word about not blaming the criminals for their bad behavior but if I kept having someone murdered in my dining room I think I'd do something about it. Oh wait..that's right...I'm not supposed to do anything about murders in my dining room am I..I'm just supposed to sit around claiming victimhood because and insist that a cop sit in front of my house...round the clock protection? That wouldn't happen. YOUR tax dollars are paying for yau brothers ROUND THE CLOCK cop duty and it's not cheep! And honey..i'm not underwriting Yau Brothers a place that should go away because the dope won't put up good lights, put in good windows and put up a security system. You said there are idiots all over waverly, drug addicts and the like ...there are idiots and drug addicts everywhere..and a whole of them wear suits and live in million dollar houses....and don't live in waverly. I'm done with you.
Sean Tully November 14, 2011 at 03:02 AM
Leona said: "There are other businesses all around them..ones that take in far more cash like McDonalds right arcoss the way." That is not true. KFC and McD's are a block up the street on a busy intersection with a strip mall near by. Yau Bros. is a block down and isolated. That is probably why criminals choose Yau Bros. If the city is going to close Yau Bros., they should pay to have them relocated. After all, the city did license them to open the shop at that location, I presume.
Sean Tully November 14, 2011 at 03:16 AM
I've done a little research and it appears there are shootings in that area rather frequently. I am betting the reason more may die in shootings that occur at Yau Bros. is because the shots are at a closer range. If that is the case then the city should pay to have Yau Bros. relocated since they are the ones that licensed the business in the first place.
John November 14, 2011 at 02:55 PM
Oh Leona, you're just reaching for anything now. What do the criminals in million dollar houses have to do with the murders in OUR neighborhood? When there are multiple murders happening 2 blocks from my house I take that personally and do what I can to help make it a better place to live. And if you kept having numerous murders in your dining room as you stated, I would suggest you start associating yourself with nicer, less violent, more considerate, more respectable people. Maybe one day you'll find some way to work through the apologist attitude and the chip on your shoulder but until then I'm done with you too Leona.
ralahinn1 November 14, 2011 at 08:18 PM
@ Leona and John, get a room already 0 _ o( lol)

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