[Baltimore Sun] 19-year-old pleads guilty in Canton T-Mobile store murder, other armed robberies

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A 19-year-old from Baltimore has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting an employee of a T-Mobile store in Canton last April during an armed robbery that capped what authorities described as a rash of stickups.

Fabian Alberto Sanchez Gonzalez was working at the T-Mobile store on Boston Street in the afternoon of April 30, 2023, when two assailants burst in, announced a robbery and shot him one time, police said at the time.

Sanchez, 23, died the next day at a hospital.

Arthur McCaden pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree murder, armed robbery and use of a firearm in a crime of violence in Gonzalez’s killing, which marked the deadly end to a series of robberies.

In addition to the charges stemming from the robbery that left Gonzalez dead, McCaden pleaded guilty to four counts of armed robbery related to robberies at two other T-Mobile stores in Baltimore and of two people at a Metro SubwayLink stop near a T-Mobile store.

McCaden’s attorney did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

The Office of Baltimore State’s Attorney Ivan Bates said in a news release that prosecutors had agreed with McCaden’s defense lawyer to a penalty of life in prison with all but 60 years suspended. He is to be sentenced Oct. 16.

People convicted of crimes of violence in Maryland become eligible for parole after serving 50% of their sentences.

In a statement, Bates, a Democrat, touted the conviction as highlighting his “administration’s focus on holding violent offenders accountable.”

“Securing a plea for first-degree murder is a testament to our relentless pursuit of justice,” Bates said. “This outcome underscores our unwavering commitment to holding perpetrators accountable for their actions and bringing closure to the victims’ families.”

On April 30 last year, Baltimore Police units went to the T-Mobile store in Canton around 4:30 p.m. for reports of a shooting, according to charging documents for McCaden. Once there, officers found Gonzalez sitting in a chair, complaining of chest pain from a gunshot wound.

Medics with the Baltimore Fire Department took Gonzalez to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he died.

Gonzalez, a graduate of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and St. Ignatius Loyola Academy, was remembered as a young man who touched many lives.

While medical staff tended to Gonzalez, crime scene technicians collected a single 9mm cartridge casing from the cell phone shop, charging documents say. Detectives reviewed security camera footage of the robbery, took stills picturing the two assailants and distributed an “attempt to identify” bulletin to law enforcement.

The next day, a Baltimore County Police robbery detective said he recognized one of the robbers who was wearing a blue tracksuit as McCaden. Police wrote in charging documents that someone with the Department of Juvenile Services also identified McCaden from the footage.

Baltimore Police arrested McCaden, who was 18 at the time, and his 14-year-old brother on May 5, 2023 — about five days after Gonzalez was gunned down. At the time, police said both brothers were charged with first-degree murder.

The younger brother’s case was remanded to juvenile court, where the proceedings and outcome are shielded from public view.

The Baltimore Sun does not name minors accused of crimes.

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