Update: Suspect Arrested for Germantown Homicide

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division have arrested Stephan Leroy H Lunningham, age 29, of Harmony Woods Lane in Germantown, for the first-degree murder of 49-year-old Angela Fay Thomas of Grosvenor Place in North Bethesda.

On March 14 at approximately 4:22 am, the 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center received a call for a brush fire in a wooded area located in the 13700 block of Wisteria Drive.

Fire & Rescue personnel responded to the wooded area and located a vehicle on fire. As Fire & Rescue personnel extinguished the fire, they located a deceased person in the back-seat area of the vehicle.  Police were called to the scene and Major Crimes detectives and fire investigators from the Montgomery County Office of Fire and Explosive Investigations (FEI) began to conduct a joint vehicle fire and death investigation.

The victim’s remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore and an autopsy was completed.  The Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide. The victim has been tentatively identified as Thomas.

During the investigation by Major Crimes detectives and fire investigators, Stephan Leroy H Lunningham was developed as a suspect. Lunningham and the victim, Thomas, were known associates.  On March 19, a criminal warrant was issued for Lunningham’s arrest, charging him with the first-degree murder of Thomas and first-degree arson.

On the afternoon of March 21, a vehicle occupied by Lunningham was stopped on Interstate 495 (I-495) in the area of the Colesville Road exit and he was arrested.

Lunningham was transported to Police Headquarters and elected to make a statement. He admitted to stabbing Thomas after a verbal altercation, and then burning the car containing the victim’s remains. Lunningham is currently being held without bond and is scheduled to have bond review today at 1:00 p.m.

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Stephan Leroy H Lunningham

Update: Two Suspects Arrested for Germantown Homicide

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division have charged Kairee Deyonte Dorsey, age 27, of the 13600 block of Sir Thomas Way in Silver Spring, and Christopher Arthur Breeden Jr., age 23, of the 11200 block of Lockwood Drive in Silver Spring, for the homicide of 18-year-old Andrew Turner of Germantown.

On December 16th, 2017 at 4:35 p.m., 5th District officers responded to the 12900 block of Falling Water Circle for a report of a male subject who had been shot.  First responders located the victim, Andrew Turner, at that address suffering from a gunshot wound.  He was subsequently pronounced deceased.

Investigation revealed that the victim was selling marijuana from his residence.  Christopher Breeden and Kairee Dorsey were developed as suspects in this case.  Detectives determined that on the day of the murder, Bredeen and Dorsey traveled from Silver Spring to the victim’s residence.  The victim was shot and robbed of marijuana and Breeden and Dorsey then fled the scene.

On February 28, 2018, Kairee Dorsey was arrested during a traffic stop and ultimately charged with wearing, carrying and transporting a handgun, possession of Oxycodone, possession of counterfeit United States currency, and other charges related to firearms and drug possession.  Dorsey’s residence was searched and evidence tying him to the homicide was recovered.

On March 2, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Breeden charging with one count of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.  Breeden was arrested on March 7 in Columbia, Maryland and transported to the Central Processing Unit.  Breeden is currently being held without bond.

On March 8, detectives obtained an arrest warrant charging Dorsey with one count of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.  He was served with the warrant while in custody of the Montgomery County Department of Corrections.  Dorsey is scheduled for bond review at the Rockville District Court on March 13 at 1:00 p.m.

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Christopher Arthur Breeden Jr.

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Update: Suspect Arrested for Burtonsville Homicides

Update: Suspicious Deaths in Burtonsville Now Determined to be Homicides

UPDATE: 3/1/2018 – Detectives continue to investigate these homicides.  At this time, detectives believe that there was some prior association between the victims and suspect(s) and these murders were not random.

 

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the suspicious deaths, now determined to be homicides of an adult female and adult male.  The victims were both found deceased in a vehicle in a town home parking lot in Burtonsville.

Today, The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled both victims’ deaths as homicide by gunshot wounds.  The victims are being identified as Ashley Susan Dickinson, age 34, of Mallory Terrace in Alexandria, Virginia and Joshua Michael Frazier, age 29, of the 16600 block of Space More Circle in Woodbridge, Virginia.

On Thursday, February 15 at approximately 9:56 p.m., a resident walked by a vehicle parked on Aldora Circle in Burtonsville and noted that the car was running.  The resident observed Dickinson and Frazier in the vehicle; both individuals appeared to be dead.  The resident called 9-1-1.  Fire & Rescue personnel and officers responded to the scene and confirmed that Dickinson and Frazier were deceased.

Anyone with information regarding this double homicide is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.  Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest in this case.

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Update: Victim’s Identity Released in Germantown Homicide

Correction: January 5, 2018 – The homicide victim’s name has been corrected to Maurice Cortez Mercer. 

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the January 3 homicide that occurred at a residence in the 12500 block of Cross Ridge Way in Germantown.

The homicide victim is now being identified as Maurice Cortez Mercer, age 30, of the 12500 block of Cross Ridge Way.  The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled his death as a homicide by gunshot wound.

On Wednesday, January 3 at approximately 3:51 p.m., 5th District officers responded to a home in the 12500 block of Cross Ridge Way for the report of a suspicious situation.  First responders located Mercer deceased in the residence from an apparent gunshot wound.

Anyone with information regarding this homicide investigation is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $10,000 may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

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