A 24-year-old Laurel man who was shot several times before crashing his pickup truck into a tree has led to the arrest of four suspects in what police are calling a drug robbery gone bad.
A series of texts exchanged between the victim and one of the suspects on the victim's cellphone initially helped police link the victim to the suspects. Police believe that the victim had planned to meet with the suspects to sell them Oxycodone, however, the suspects allegedly planned to rob the victim of the drugs instead. A witness helped to identify the alleged suspects by stating to police that after the crash of the pickup truck, he had observed a man with a gun and a woman running away from the scene.
Police have charged the alleged gunman of the group, a 22-year-old man from Columbia, with first-degree murder, armed robbery, first-degree assault, handgun violations and reckless endangerment. The other three members of the group, a 19-year-old Laurel man, and two 18-year-old women from Laurel and Highland, have been charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, handgun violations and reckless endangerment. Police believe, however, that the attempted murder charge will be upgraded to a charge of murder.
The gunman has not been granted bond and remains behind bars at the Howard County Detention Center along with the 19-year-old man who was granted a $250,000 bond. The two 19-year-old women are currently being held in Pennsylvania where they await extradition.
Violent crimes such as armed robbery and murder are serious crimes that can result in a stiff prison sentence. An experienced Maryland attorney could help to ensure that a defendant's rights are protected throughout the lengthy legal process.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Four charged in drug-related fatal shooting of Laurel man" Luke Lavoie, Jan. 30, 2014