Baltimore County police are searching for two city residents in connection with the robbery and fatal shooting of a 30-year-old Philadelphia book saleswoman at a Westview motel.
Rowland Keith Hudson, 34, of the 4900 block of Queensberry Ave., and Donna Denson, 26, of the 5900 block of Schering Road, have been charged in arrest warrants with first-degree murder, robbery and use of a handgun in commission of a felony, county police said yesterday.
Witnesses told police that Denson, who is Hudson's girlfriend, was seen carrying items allegedly taken from Valerie Esther Brown, hours after Brown was killed Sept. 17 at the Quality Inn Motel in the 5800 block of Baltimore National Pike.
A security guard, making his rounds at the motel, found Brown's body lying outside her room at about 11:30 p.m. Brown, a sales representative for a Philadelphia publishing company, was in the Baltimore area on business.
Brown was about to enter her room when someone shot her in the head. Her purse and cash were missing, police said.
Police described Hudson as 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds and with a "clean-cut appearance."
Police described Denson as 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds. Police said she wears her hair in braids or pulled back.
Police said the two were traveling together the night that Brown was slain.
Sgt. Stephen Doarnberger, county police spokesman, said investigators don't think that the suspects are responsible for the Sept. 8 shooting of Katherine Dwyer, a kindergarten teacher, who was shot on the parking lot outside the Caldor department store in Westview Mall, across the street from the motel.
Dwyer had just loaded some packages into her truck about 3 p.m. when she was approached by a man who tried to take her purse, police said. She was shot in the upper chest during a struggle with her assailant.
Because the two incidents occurred in the same vicinity, police thought they might be related.
"It's beginning to look less and less like these are related," Doarnberger said. "We still have to leave the doors open."
Anyone with information can call county police at 887-2198.