Crime, Police/Fire

Suspect arrested, charged in connection with murder of MTA van driver on Moravia Road

BALTIMORE, MD—Police have arrested and charged a suspect in connection with the shooting death of an MTA van driver in January.

Frankye Duckett, 49, was shot and killed in the 4400-block of Moravia Road (21206) at around 5:30 p.m. on January 29, 2021.  Police determined that the MTA Mobility van driver was seated inside of his vehicle when he was approached by an unidentified black male that produced a handgun and shot him.

Apprehension detectives along with The U.S. Marshals and Florence County Sheriff’s Office, have arrested 33 year-old Marquis Poteat of Baltimore.

Poteat was arrested while in Florence, South Carolina, with the help of the Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force. He is currently being held in a Florence County jail while he awaits extradition back to Baltimore later this month.

Upon his return to Baltimore, Marquis Poteat will be charged with first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, and various firearms violations.

“I want to thank the members of our Warrant Apprehension Task Force, and our law enforcement partners at the U.S. Marshal’s Office and the Florence Count Sheriff’s Office in working diligently and aggressively to apprehend Poteat,’’ said Commissioner Michael Harrison. “Poteat senselessly took the life of MTA Mobility Bus Driver Frankye Duckett and I am committed to working alongside the State’s Attorney Office to ensure justice is served in this case.”

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“I am thankful for the diligent work of Baltimore Police Department in apprehending a suspect in the callous murder of MTA Mobility Bus Driver Frankye Duckett,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “This widespread effort between the U.S. Marshal’s Office and the Florence County Sheriff’s Office reflects the all-hands-on-deck approach that is required to tackle violent crime and bring justice to grieving families.”

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