Suspects collared for Feb. 4 murder
One apprehended following police shoot-out in Virginia
Both suspects in a fatal Feb. 4 Waldorf shooting are in police custody; one suspect following a shoot-out with police in Virginia Sunday, and the second suspect turned himself in Monday evening.
Charles County spokeswoman Diane Richardson said Monday afternoon that Anthony Dangelo Wilkins, 33, of Waldorf, was arrested near Emporia, Va., following a shoot-out with
police there Feb. 12.
“Mr. Wilkins is now in police custody — actually hospital custody,” Richardson said. “We sent people down to positively identify him.”
According to Virginia State Police, law enforce- ment were investigating reports of an unrelated shooting in Emporia, Va., when a suspect with two guns opened fire on police.
Officers and deputies returned fire, injuring the suspect, who was then flown via helicopter to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center where he is being treated for non-life threat- ening injuries.
No police were injured in the shooting, charges are pending.
The second suspect, Charles Leon Thompson Jr., 33, of Waldorf contacted detectives Monday and turned himself in lat- er that evening, according to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.
Thompson has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held at the Charles County Detention Center.
Both men are wanted in connection with the shoot- ing of Miaquita Gray, 26, of Lexington Park, who was fatally shot in the up- per torso outside the Beer 4 U sports bar, accord- ing to a sheriff’s office spokesperson. Another round grazed the leg of a 24-year-old man, a cousin of the slain woman.
Gray, who did not appear to be the intended target, died shortly after the shooting at a nearby hospital, the spokesperson said.
Around 1:25 a.m. Feb. 4, sheriff’s office deputies responded to the sports bar located at 2177 Crain Highway for a reported shooting, police stated. Through their investigation, detectives determined a man was assaulted inside the bar by a group of suspects just minutes before. When the 24-year-old man, also acquainted with the man who had been attacked, went outside to speak with Gray in the park- ing lot, Wilkins allegedly pulled out a gun and fired several shots.
Gray, who worked as an assistant manager at a department store in St. Mary’s Laurel Glen shopping center, was a 2008 graduate of Great Mills High School and took business courses for two years at the College of Southern Maryland, according to her mother, Delores Gray, a retired St. Mary’s correctional officer.
Miaquita Gray went to the club with some cous- ins, including one who was singing there that night in collaboration with her boyfriend, the club’s DJ, her mother said.
A group of people confronted the DJ in a bathroom, where they “beat him up and robbed him,” Delores Gray said, adding that her daughter and her companions went outside before her cousin was wounded. “The bul- let that hit [him] in the leg killed my daughter,” Delores Gray said. “It ric- ocheted off him.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Det. B. Buchanan at 301-6096477. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com.