By Michelle Richardson, Special to the AFRO
A teen accused in the killing of a man riding his bike home from work is back behind bars, accused of another violent attack.
Prince Greene, now 17, was arrested in January of 2016 for the fatal stabbing of Richard Ponsi.
Greene was 15 years old at the time.
Prince Greene, charged as a juvenile in the 2016 killing of a Baltimore man was released earlier this year. He’s back behind bars for another alleged violent crime. (Courtesy Photo)
Ponsi worked as a server in Harbor East at James Joyce Pub and was riding his bicycle home after work when he was attacked and robbed by Greene and two other teens. Ponsi was stabbed 17 Times.
The other two teens involved in Ponsi’s death, who were 17 and 18 at the time, were charged as adults. Baltimore Judge Stephen Sfekas found Antwan Eldridge and Daquan Middleton both guilty of robbery and assault.
Eldridge was sentenced to five years in prison. Middleton was sentenced to 13 years. Judge Sfekas said Greene alone was responsible for the killing and he was sentenced to juvenile detention. He was released in February two years after Ponsi’s killing.
Just months after Greene’s February release from the juvenile system, he has been arrested for another violent crime.
According to Baltimore Police, several teenagers including Greene, allegedly beat a man April 25, at the Mondawmin Metro station. The males ran into a train and were arrested at the Cold Spring Lane Metro station.
Police tracked them using surveillance video.
According to police, Greene left a black backpack on the train and inside was a loaded handgun.
Greene is charged with second-degree assault and illegal possession of a gun, among other charges. He remains held without bail and is scheduled for a hearing May 10 in Baltimore District Court.
There was no attorney listed for him in online records.
Dawn Ponsi, the mother of Robert Ponsi, told the Baltimore Sun she was, “outraged by a juvenile system that would return the teen back to the streets so soon.”
Ponsi said she warned the court that the teenager would commit another crime.
“I saw a pattern and I didn’t believe it would be broken,” she said. “My frustration is with the inability of the juvenile justice system, in its current form, to appropriately address the issues with the most serious and violent of the juvenile offenders.”
Greene’s mother, Thomascine Greene, a community activist, said she wants to see her son receive a fair trial. She has fears that people will judge him before the facts are known.
“People are trying him in the street,” Greene told the Baltimore Sun. “They don’t even know the situation.”
Greene said she said she grieves for parents across the city who have seen their children caught up in Baltimore’s escalating street violence.
“I feel for Ms. Ponsi,” she said. “I feel for Baltimore.”