Suspect arrested in death of Little Italy restaurant manager: police

BALTIMORE, MD — Baltimore police have arrested a man they believe is responsible for the murder of the 44-year-old manager of La Scala Ristorante Italiano, a popular restaurant in Baltimore’s Little Italy neighborhood.

Samuel Wise, 22, is charged with first degree murder in connection with the January death of Chesley Pattersonaccording to Baltimore police.

Wise is also charged with armed robbery, assault and several other charges, CBS Baltimore reported.

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Patterson was shot on January 24 shortly after closing and leaving the restaurant. Patterson drove up and entered the Bristol Liquor store, the Baltimore Sun reported. He then left the store, put some items in his truck, and got into the vehicle through the driver’s side door.

According to the Sun, a van pulled up and a person dressed in black got out of the passenger side, walked over to Patterson, pointed a gun at him and opened Patterson’s driver’s side door. The shooter shot Patterson before getting back into the van, the Sun reported, citing charging documents.

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Patterson was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Wise was arrested and charged Tuesday night after he attempted to flee from Baltimore police headquarters. He was quickly apprehended and taken to Central Booking, police said.

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