Man, 18, arrested in fatal Anne Arundel shooting
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.”