Baltimore City Police announced the latest most wanted criminal in a press conference May 17.
Cortez Wall, 18, is wanted for the alleged retaliation murder of Channon Simpkins on May 6. According to police, Wall and Simpkins had an ongoing drug dispute.
18-year-old Cortez Wall is Baltimore’s ‘latest Public Enemy #1. (Courtesy Photo/Flyer)
“This young man, 18 years old, is a veteran in the criminal justice system already and he is possibly a veteran killer, and we need him off the streets and we need the public’s help,” said Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith.
Wall has a history of violent offenses including illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammo, possession with intent to sell drugs and theft.
“Each time—as the commissioner would say—we hang the jersey of ‘Public Enemy #1’ on an individual, we get tips from the community,” said Smith.
And those tips usually lead to the apprehension of the wanted individual, he added.
“Each and every time we’ve done this, that person has been taken into custody within a matter of days,” he said.
Police believe that Wall is involved in other acts of violence in Baltimore City.
An individual is only named Public Enemy No. 1 if he or she is suspected of doing “unthinkable, unspeakable” things and have “reckless disregard for safety and life,” said Smith.
The murder of Channon Simpkins, 28, brought the city’s homicide total to 118 at the time of his death.
If anyone has any information on Wall’s whereabouts, that person is urged to call police.