Man, 18, ar­rested in fa­tal Anne Arun­del shoot­ing

The Washington Post - - RELIGION - BY DAN MORSE AND DANA HEDGPETH Jen­nifer Jenk­ins and Justin Wm. Moyer con­trib­uted to this re­port.

The 911 call came from a model home in sub­ur­ban Mary­land.

The first sound: heavy breath­ing by some­one in dis­tress.

The 911 oper­a­tor Wed­nes­day asked what was wrong. No an­swer. Then came a voice, off in the back­ground: “Where is the money? Who are you talk­ing to?”

The chill­ing words, re­counted in ar­rest records made pub­lic Fri­day, launched a para­medic and po­lice re­sponse in Anne Arun­del County that led to the dis­cov­ery of a man shot to death in the home and, ul­ti­mately, po­lice say, to the per­son ac­cused of killing him.

The vic­tim Steven B. Wil­son, 33, worked in the model home and helped sell new houses. He is sur­vived by a wife and two daugh­ters.

The sus­pect, Dil­lon Au­gusty­niak, 18, was charged Fri­day with first-de­gree mur­der, armed rob­bery, theft and use of a firearm in a crime of vi­o­lence.

“Rob­bery was the mo­tive,” said Anne Arun­del Po­lice Chief Ti­mothy J. Al­tomare. “I think im­pulse met op­por­tu­nity in this in­stance.” Au­gusty­niak stole Wil­son’s cell­phone and lap­top com­puter, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Wil­son lived in An­napo­lis, po­lice say. His fam­ily and friends called him out­go­ing and devoted to his fam­ily.

“He en­joyed meet­ing new peo­ple ev­ery day,” said Le­land Samp­son, a brother-in-law. “He liked the joy peo­ple see when they buy their first home. He liked to put a smile on peo­ple’s faces.”

Court records show that Au­gusty­niak lives about half a mile from the model home. De­tails of how he en­tered the home were not clear in the court fil­ings, which also did not di­rectly say who placed the 911 call.

But the times cited in the records sug­gest that Wil­son placed the call af­ter be­ing shot. Af­ter the emer­gency oper­a­tor heard the voice in the back­ground, ac­cord­ing to the records, the oper­a­tor heard what sounded like the phone be­ing picked up and moved be­fore the call was dis­con­nected.

De­tec­tives later re­viewed sur­veil­lance video that showed the sus­pect car­ry­ing a long gun, ac­cord­ing to court records.

De­tec­tives spoke with mul­ti­ple peo­ple, the fil­ings state, and were told by at least two that the sus­pect had given Wil­son’s cell­phone to an­other per­son.

“Wit­ness state­ments also re­vealed that im­me­di­ately af­ter the homi­cide, the above de­fen­dant was at­tempt­ing to sell a firearm, which is the same cal­iber that was used to com­mit the homi­cide,” po­lice wrote in a charg­ing doc­u­ment.

On Thurs­day, in­ves­ti­ga­tors searched Au­gusty­niak’s res­i­dence and found a gun “consistent” with the type of weapon used in the killing. “The re­cov­ered firearm also shares the same phys­i­cal char­ac­ter­is­tics of the firearm that video sur­veil­lance cap­tured the sus­pect hold­ing,” po­lice wrote.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors were able to find the cell­phone and lap­top, po­lice said.

They took Au­gusty­niak into cus­tody early Fri­day, just af­ter mid­night, po­lice said, when Anne Arun­del County’s fugi­tive ap­pre­hen­sion team, with help from Bal­ti­more po­lice, found him in Bal­ti­more.

On­line court fil­ings Fri­day did not list an at­tor­ney for Au­gusty­niak.

A fam­ily state­ment Fri­day de­scribed Wil­son as a “lov­ing hus­band, fa­ther, son, brother and friend.”

The state­ment said mem­bers of Wil­son’s fam­ily were “in­cred­i­bly grate­ful” for the ef­forts of in­ves­ti­ga­tors who “worked non­stop” to make an ar­rest in Wil­son’s death.

The state­ment went on: “The out­pour­ing of love and sup­port from friends and to­tal strangers has been over­whelm­ing. Hun­dreds of peo­ple who knew Steve have of­fered com­fort and so­lace dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time.”

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