Suspect Arrested In Downs' Slaying

Police beat

June 07, 1991

A long-sought suspect in December's drug-related slaying of an Arnold high school senior was arrested Wednesday in New York City.

Annapolis police have charged Eddie Rivers Jr., 23, of Brooklyn, with first-degree murder. He is being held in the Brooklyn Detention Center on weapons charges and is awaiting extradition.

Police say the man was arrested using an alias, and a comparison of his fingerprints led police to positively identify him.

Annapolis police spokesman Officer Dermott Hickey said Rivers is believed tobe the trigger man in the slaying of Darryll Downs, 18, of the 300 block of Ternwing Drive.

Police found Downs' body sprawled on the front lawn of a home in the 1800 block of Copeland Street in Bywater Mutual Homes, a cooperative housing project off Forest Drive.

Police said Downs was attacked by two men. The first man held Downs while the second man shot him in the back of the head with a small-caliber handgun. Hickey said the men were trying to collect money owed for cocaine.

Two weeks after the murder, police arrested Jamel Hayes, 17, of Brooklyn. He was charged as an adult with first-degree murder.

Police say Rivers also is being held on an unlawful flight to avoida prosecution warrant issued by the FBI.


A 41-year-old Baltimore man was arrested on theft and drugcharges Wednesday after being caught by security guards outside a Pasadena store.

A police report says a security guard at Best Products Store in the 8100 block of Ritchie Highway thought he saw a man steal two packages of camera film.

The guard caught the man in the highway median strip. Police officers searched him and found the film and a canister of cocaine, the report says.

Donald E. Benjamin, ofthe 100 block of South Hamburger Street, was charged with theft and possession of cocaine.


Southern district police officers raided a Davidsonville home Wednesday night, confiscating 21 grams of marijuana and $96,000.

William Bailey Jr., 54, and Margie A. Nichols, 29, of the 1700 block of Governor BridgeRoad, were charged with possession of marijuana.

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