Elkton attempted murder suspect captured in Philadelphia
ELKTON — A man who allegedly tried to kill two rivals when he opened fire in an Elkton neighborhood in June 2016 is behind bars in Cecil County following his extradition from Pennsylvania on Wednesday, police reported.
Philadelphia Police Department investigators had arrested the suspect, Kyle Daniel Smith, 25, on July 20, 2016 on an open warrant charging him with attempted murder and several other offenses in connection with the shooting incident that occurred in Hollingsworth Manor on June 2, 2016, reported Capt. Joseph Zurolo, an Elkton Police Department spokesman.
At that point, Smith had been a wanted man in the Elkton attempted murder case for nearly two months. EPD investigators had identified Smith as the shooting suspect shortly after the incident, and their agency publicized Smith’s photo on July 15, 2016, in an attempt to locate him.
“Through our investigation, we had inclinations that he could be somewhere in Philadelphia. But we did not know his whereabouts for sure until Philadelphia police contacted us on July 20 (2016), after arresting him,” Zurolo told the Cecil Whig on Thursday.
Smith was found in possession of unspecified drugs when Philadelphia police took him into custody on the EPD arrest warrant on July 20, so he remained jailed in that city until that criminal case could be handled, explained Zurolo, who did not not know the outcome of Smith’s recently adjudicated drug case in Philadelphia.
“After they were done with him in Philadelphia, we extradited him back to here,” Zurolo outlined.
EPD did not release information concerning Smith’s July 2016 arrest in Philadelphia until Thursday, a day after he had been extradited from that jurisdiction to Cecil County.
Smith is facing 13 charges in the Elkton shooting case, including use of a handgun in the commission of a felony or crime of violence and two counts each of attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and armed robbery, according to a Cecil County grand jury indictment.
On Thursday morning, Smith remained in the Cecil County Detention Center without bond, court records show.
Smith, whose nickname is “Greezy,” is accused of pulling a handgun on two men about 5 p.m. on June 2, 2016 while they were playing basketball in the area of Road 2 and Cow Lane in Hollingsworth Manor and trying to rob them.
At one point, Smith allegedly pointed the gun at the head of one of the men and made a reference to that man’s cousin, who had been “shot in the past,” according to court records. Then Smith allegedly threatened, “I’m gonna do you like I did your cousin,” court records show.
The two men started running toward Huntsman Drive to get away from the gunman and that’s when Smith allegedly opened fire, prompting “multiple witnesses” who were nearby to flee, police said. One of those witnesses later told detectives that she heard “four of five shots” ring out after Smith had pointed the gun at the two men, police added.
Neither victim was wounded, according to court records, which also indicate that Smith was last seen entering a Road 2 residence after the two men had fled to safety.
While processing the crime scene, EPD investigators recovered seven spent 9mm semi-automatic shell casings near Huntsman Drive and Pheasant Drive, court records show.
In hopes of locating the suspect, investigators publicized this photo of Kyle Daniel Smith on July 15, 2016, about seven weeks after he allegedly had shot at two rivals in Elkton. Smith was extradited back to Cecil County on Wednesday, following his arrest in Philadelphia.