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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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ralahinn1 November 11, 2011 at 10:44 PM
I have never eaten there but I can say it is not the establishment, it is the people in the area. Close Yau Brothers and the crime will move to KFC, or McDonald's or Family Dollar. Something has to be done about the whole area.
Sean Tully November 11, 2011 at 11:13 PM
Exactly. As I say in my coming blog, they might as well padlock the entire city.
Sean Tully November 11, 2011 at 11:15 PM
What I don't cover in my blog is that a business should be padlocked if it the direct cause for the problems in the community. One example would be a night club that is violating code violations and that is contributing to the problems. This carry out is just doing business. It is the criminals making the place dangerous, not the business.
Best Waverly November 12, 2011 at 12:43 PM
So what do you suggest, ralahinn? Nothing I see. Just "something." I take offense to that comment about the people there, as a productive citizen of the neighborhood. What we need is actually policing - not just cops sitting in their cars playing with their Iphones in the Family Dollar parking lot, or sitting in the in their cars at the BP gas station. For what it's worth I saw the Yau Bros owner installing extra lights and cameras yesterday ... so he is making an effort. The pols are missing the point here, totally.
ralahinn1 November 12, 2011 at 03:26 PM
I wish I could offer some suggestions. More jail time for repeat offenders is all I have. This is not the 1920s when if you caught someone breaking the law you beat the hell out of them and take them to the border of the state and tell them not to come back. I am a disabled person, and female and only recently interested in politics, I have no criminal record myself, because I know how to behave in most cases, what would you have " me" do besides keeping myself out of trouble?
ralahinn1 November 12, 2011 at 03:34 PM
I live in the area by the way, so I know what kind of people live there. I don't say everyone is bad, but there are enough people that have problems, including me. The only difference between me and them is I have God and somewhat good emotional support for when things get out of my personal control. At worse( and I have done this) I can always flag down a police car to take me to a hospital when my mental state gets too bad.
Sean Tully November 13, 2011 at 12:06 AM
Of course it is not the good citizens fault there is crime in the community. But, that misses the point that there are a lot of criminals being coddled in the City of Baltimore. Yes, the city has a great majority of good people, but we also have a lot of criminals too. That is a reality.
John November 13, 2011 at 02:11 AM
I live 2 blocks from the carry out and I can tell you that the dividing line is Guilford Ave. Everything east of Guildford is a complete drug infested dump. Guess what, if the Yau Bros. was picked up and moved to Columbia or Cockeysville WITHOUT CHANGING A THING do you honestly think it would be a threat to anyone? Shame on you Mary Pat Clarke and shame on you Mary Washington for not placing the blame where it belongs. I work in that area and every single day I see young thugs wandering around waiting to start sh*t with ANYBODY. Stop being so naive and look at what's going on around you. Let's start calling out bad behavior that I see EVERY SINGLE DAY in that neighborhood. Maybe if the residents of that area where to start learning the idea of personal responsibility and respect then maybe things will change but I won't be holding my breath. As far as the police and the good citizens that live there are concerned, there's too many junkies, thugs and idiots for them to deal with. The city needs to step up and hire more officers to even begin dealing with these problem people. I can't imagine how you elected city officials are so blind not to know what you have right in front of you. A WORLD RENOWNED UNIVERSITY a stones throw away and this is what we have to deal with? Do you realize how many cities would love to have Hopkins? Stop blaming the good people and LOCK THE BAD PEOPLE UP AND LEAVE THEM LOCKED UP.
Leona MacDonald November 13, 2011 at 01:25 PM
The funny part is nobody else except Yau brothers has to keep track of the BODY COUNT. Maybe they should just buy a plot in Greenmount Cemetery for their customers and put a stack of caskets outside the front door to speed things up? There are other businesses all around them..ones that take in far more cash like McDonalds right arcoss the way. The other businesses don't have body counts. You don't want to blame the owner...well the people who live here do blame him. I bet the only thing he has done is put a bullet proof panel up between his employees and the LIVE FIRE RANGE and occasionally mop up the BLOOD SPILLS. Then again Mary Pat should be dismissed just as the PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE. One or two of us idiot residents actually are smarter than dirt, don't do drugs, don't have mental issues, aren't retired or disabled, and haven't been in jail. Go ahead..dismiss us.
John November 13, 2011 at 08:26 PM
Leona, No one's dismissing you or the good citizens of the neighborhood. If you read my post completely you would see that I specifically mention the good citizens of the neighborhood. "As far as the police and the good citizens that live there are concerned, there's too many junkies, thugs and idiots for them to deal with." I also ask you if Yau Bros. carryout was taken up to Cockeysville do you think it would still be a threat to anyone? I seriously doubt it. Let's be perfectly honest here.
Leona MacDonald November 13, 2011 at 09:59 PM
John, I did read your post completely. I happen to be college edumicated and all. IF it is the place and not the owner then tell me this...why has his neighbors at McDonalds, KFC, and Darker than Blue not had any patrons gunned down on their property or robbed, Mugged or otherwise Molested? If it did happen at one of those places..what do you think would happen? Ya think the owners would do something to prevent it happening again? Why do you think it doesn't happen in those places? I personally i have this theory that anyplace with chain link on the windows shouldn't be patronized..but then again I'm stupid that way. BTW..how come KFC and McDonald's don't have chainlink? I hear it's the latest trend in business design. (FYI the owner could get a grant to put up new windows, lighting, security system and the whole shee-banga...!)
Leona MacDonald November 13, 2011 at 10:02 PM
Oh and...yes he'd have problems if he was elsewhere...unless he did something to secure his business and the safety of his patrons.
ralahinn1 November 13, 2011 at 11:28 PM
It's not like some of the other places don't have problems, there are fights sometimes at family dollar, and once when I was in KFC someone was trying to sell boot leg DVDs. Yau just gets the shooters it seems.
John November 14, 2011 at 01:17 AM
Leona, Darker than Blue is closing because of the crime. Why are you so bent on excusing bad behavior by INDIVIDUALS?
John November 14, 2011 at 01:25 AM
Leona, Not sure what "edumicated" means. Oh wait I get it...you're being condescending. Maybe if you didn't project your insecurities onto people you could actually see what's going on around you in somewhat of an objective way.
John November 14, 2011 at 01:36 AM
Leona, There was a double shooting on Barclay and 27th. Do you think the city should close down the streets?
ralahinn1 November 14, 2011 at 01:57 AM
@ John. It is Baltimore, I worry what the criminals may be doing on days we don't have shootings.
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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