Two arrested in killing of book saleswoman at Westview motel

October 02, 1990

Baltimore County police have arrested a city man and his girlfriend in the Sept. 17 robbery and slaying of a book saleswoman at a Westview motel.

An anonymous telephone call from someone who had seen the suspects' names mentioned in news reports led to the arrests, the police said.

Rowland Keith Hudson, 34, of the 4900 block of Queensberry Avenue and Donna Denson, 26, of the 5900 block of Schering Road were picked up about 1 p.m. at a house in the 3200 block of Woodland Avenue in Baltimore, the police said.

Both have been charged with first-degree murder, robbery and the use of a handgun in the commission of a crime. They were being held last night at Baltimore County police headquarters pending a bail hearing today.

Valerie Esther Brown, 30, a book saleswoman from Philadephia, was shot to death in the hallway of the Quality Inn motel in the 5800 block of Baltimore National Pike, the police said. She had just returned from a meeting at the home of her supervisor and apparently was followed from the motel's parking lot. Her pocketbook, some cash, a necklace and some other personal items were taken, the police said.

Witnesses reported having seen a woman in possession of items taken from the victim a few hours after the slaying, the police said. That led the police to issue warrants Friday for the couple's arrest.

Originally the woman's shooting was thought to be related to the Sept. 8 shooting and robbery of a kindergarten teacher, Katherine Dwyer. Ms. Dwyer was shot in the parking lot of the Westview Mall, across the street from the motel.

But the police now believe the two crimes are not connected. Two males are being sought in that shooting, said E. Jay Miller, a police spokesman.

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