Al­leged gun­man ar­rested for March homi­cide

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com

A man ac­cused of shoot­ing two men, killing one, in a Wal­dorf neigh­bor­hood in March was ar­rested in a po­lice raid last Wed­nes­day, law en­force­ment announced. Sev­eral hand­guns, a large amount of mar­i­juana and cash were also re­cov­ered from the home.

Charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der and at­tempted mur­der, An­gel Miguel San­tana, 26, of Wal­dorf re­mains in cus­tody af­ter his bail was set at $1 mil­lion on Thurs­day, court

records show.

San­tana’s co-de­fen­dant and al­leged get­away driver, Rashaad Jovonni Brawner, 21, of Wal­dorf was ar­rested in late March and charged with mur­der days af­ter the dou­ble-shoot­ing on Git­tings Court that killed 19-year-old Thomas Eli­jah-Isaih Tibbs.

On the evening of March 23, Brawner and San­tana were driv­ing through the area when Brawner saw a group of men on Git­tings Court, court records state. Brawner had a con­flict with one of the men, so he stopped the car and got out to con­front him. A phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion en­sued and Brawner ul­ti­mately re­treated back to the car. Sev­eral men were try­ing to pull Brawner out of the driver’s seat by his legs when San­tana al­legedly fired sev­eral shots from within the car. The men started to run, but Tibbs was struck by two bul­lets in the chest and arm and the man — who Brawner had ini­tially con­fronted — was shot in his but­tocks.

Around 6:11 p.m., Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice deputies were dis­patched to the 2500 block of Git­tings Court for a re­ported shoot­ing. Upon ar­rival, of­fi­cers found Tibbs and the other vic­tim suf­fer­ing from gun­shot wounds, po­lice records show. Tibbs was air­lifted to MedS­tar Wash­ing­ton Hos­pi­tal Cen­ter where he died a few hours later.

De­tec­tives as­sumed the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and spoke with a wit­ness who iden­ti­fied Brawner as the driver of the ve­hi­cle, court records in­di­cate. An ar­rest war­rant was is­sued the fol­low­ing day, charg­ing him with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der.

On March 28, Brawner was ar­rested and later spoke with in­ves­ti­ga­tors about the shoot­ing. Brawner re­port­edly iden­ti­fied San­tana as the shooter and said he knew he had a gun, but did not know he was go­ing to shoot any­one.

In June, of­fi­cers be­gan sur­veil­lance of San­tana’s res­i­dence in the 2600 block of Rooks Head Place and re­port­edly ob­served him con­duct sev­eral “hand to hand” narcotic ex­changes in the park­ing lot in front of the home.

Around 5:09 a.m. on July 20, po­lice raided the home and ar­rested San­tana for the dou­ble-shoot­ing. While search­ing the res­i­dence, of­fi­cers re­cov­ered three hand­guns, sev­eral loaded mag­a­zines, over a pound of mar­i­juana with an ap­prox­i­mate street value of $15,000 and about $2,500 in cash.

San­tana was also charged with first-de­gree as­sault and reck­less en­dan­ger­ment for a December 2014 in­ci­dent. Af­ter get­ting in a heated ar­gu­ment with Brawner, San­tana al­legedly fol­lowed him to his car out­side the Git­tings Court res­i­dence hold­ing a hand­gun and fired four shots into Brawner’s car be­fore walk­ing away with­out fur­ther in­ci­dent, charg­ing doc­u­ments state.

A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing date for San­tana is sched­uled for Aug. 19. Brawner is sched­uled to stand trial on Oct. 3.

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