Sus­pects col­lared for Feb. 4 mur­der

One ap­pre­hended fol­low­ing po­lice shoot-out in Vir­ginia

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU, AN­DREW RICHARD­SON and JOHN WHAR­TON jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­ arichard­son@somd­ jwhar­ton@somd­

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 tip­sub­

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