Elk­ton at­tempted mur­der sus­pect cap­tured in Philadel­phia

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

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.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

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.

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