On January 15, 20-year-old Dimas Osorio-Vasquez and an unknown friend visited the Playbook Sports Bar and Lounge in the 6700 block of German Hill Road. The two got into an altercation and a security guard working in the bar that night had to intervene.
Osorio-Vasquez and his friend exited the bar only to return a short time later. The friend approached the security guard and an argument ensued. While Osorio-Vasquez hid in a corner of the building with a shotgun, the friend was keeping the door ajar so he could shoot the security guard.
Investigators obtained surveillance footage from the bar that showed the incident unfold. Witnesses helped in identifying Osorio-Vasquez as the shooter, his friend has not been identified. He was later apprehended in Virginia and extradited back to Maryland.
A Baltimore City jury found Osorio-Vasquez guilty of conspiracy to commit murder, first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence. He faces two life sentences and is scheduled to appear for sentencing on October 20.
“It’s hard to understand how an argument in a bar between someone carrying out the duties of his job and a patron could lead to such incredible violence,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby in a statement. “The defendant could spend the rest of his life in prison because he couldn’t walk away from an argument without resorting to violence. We’ve got to teach our young people to make better choices in life and that the consequences of violence are slim—death or jail; neither of which we want for them.”