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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Gory Prince George's: Police close seven cases in ten days

(Updated October 20, 2005)
Prince George’s County, Maryland

7600 Barlowe Road, Palmer Park, Maryland 20785 / Phone 301-772-4710 / Fax 301-772-4948

October 19, 2005

Press Release

Homicide Unit Closes Seven Cases in Ten Day Period

Prince George’s County, Maryland…. The Prince George’s County Police Department Homicide Unit has closed seven homicides in the last ten days. Suspects have been arrested or closures made in the following cases:
  • On October 13, 2005, 21-year-old Franklin Osmin Sanchez was arrested and charged with First Degree Murder in connection with the October 11th shooting death of Jose Ventura in the 2100 block of Guilford Road.
  • On October 12, 2005, investigators obtained an arrest warrant charging 26-year-old Rashard Hubbard with First Degree Murder in connection with the murder of 31-year-old Lamont Avent, who was shot and killed in the 2600 block of Kent Village Drive. Hubbard, who had been arrested, was in the hospital being treated for injuries he sustained during the shooting.
  • On October 13, 2005, 35-year-old Anthony Rorie was charged with First Degree Murder in connection with the murder of 50-year-old Gilbert Wood, who was shot and killed in the 1600 block of Nova Avenue.
  • On October 15, 2005, an arrest warrant was obtained charging 22-year-old Tiana Marie Odom with First Degree Murder in connection with the killing of 26-year-old Alpha Sesay who was found dead in the 3000 block of Hubbard Road on October 14, 2005.
  • On October 17, 2005, investigators arrested 39-year-old Alfred Lavonne Evans for First Degree Murder in the shooting death of Keith Richard Ingaharra, who was shot near the intersection of Virginia Avenue and Old Alexander Ferry Road. Ingaharra died on October 16, 2005. Evans was initially charged with First Degree Assault.
  • Late last week the Homicide Unit closed a case related to the July 21, 2001 death of 65-year-old Joan Duckett who sustained injuries from a fall while in a nursing home. When Duckett died on April 4, 2005, her death was ruled a homicide. An 84-year old suspect was identified, but not charged.
  • On October 19, 2005 investigators obtained a warrant charging a suspect with the shooting death of 46-year-old William Everett Miller, Jr., who was murdered on Columbia Park Road on July 18, 2005.
Major Vincent Gay, Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division (CID), said the police department has outstanding warrants for individuals in connection with 9 other homicides that occurred in 2005.

Police Chief Melvin High said, “These closures are the culmination of a lot of hard work by our officers, and exemplify the work this Department is doing everyday to identify and arrest those responsible for violent crime. These seven cases alone demonstrate what I’ve said about guns being a major factor in homicides - 5 of these deaths are from shootings.”

For more information, contact the Press Information Office at (301) 772-4710.
Press responses:

"PG Police Solve Seven Killings, But It's Just a Dent"
wjla.com, October 21, 2005 (AP

"Several Pr. George's Homicide Cases Closed
Police Report 'a Good Two Weeks' but Say They Are Still Struggling to Curb Crime"
Post, October 21, 2005

"Data on Slayings"
Post, October 21, 2005
"Prince George's County homicides this year:

Homicides to date: 141.

Homicide cases closed: 48.

82 percent of victims were killed by guns, 9 percent by knives or other sharp objects.

Five homicides were related to gangs, 24 to drugs and 36 to other types of arguments.

Deadliest month: May, with 18 homicides."

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