Police checking 'million leads' in Arnold slaying No motive known in woman's death ANNE ARUNDEL

September 28, 1993|By Peter Hermann and John Rivera | Peter Hermann and John Rivera,Staff Writers

County police have "a million leads" to check in the murder of Joanne S. Valentine of Arnold, including business dealings related to two popular Pasadena nightclubs she ran with her husband.

"We're looking at everything, including the business and associates with the business," said Sgt. Robert Jaschik, head of the homicide unit.

Mrs. Valentine was shot to death about 4 a.m. Sunday as she returned home after closing the nightclubs, A. L. Gators, in the 8500 block of Fort Smallwood Road, and Rumblefish, in the 7900 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

"People who have these kinds of business have lots of enemies," Sergeant Jaschik said. "Everybody has different theories. We have evidence that this could be random, and we have evidence that it might not be random."

Although police say they know of no motive for the shooting, Anna Wagner, Mrs. Valentine's mother-in-law, said that the assailants did not take $3,000 in cash that Mrs. Valentine had in her car, nor did they take any of her jewelry. "All I can say is that I don't think it was a robbery," she said.

Witnesses told police that Mrs. Valentine, 47, pulled into the driveway of her waterfront home, got out and confronted three or four men who were in a car that followed her up to the garage, about 200 feet from Broadwater Road.

Police said Mrs. Valentine exchanged harsh words with one of the men inside the car. A moment later, two shots rang out. One struck her in the head. She died about 7 a.m. at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police said her husband, Vincent N. Valentine, witnessed the argument and "saw the shot go off," Sergeant Jaschik said.

Police described the car as a small, Japanese import, but they said it was not the 1980 Toyota Corolla that was stolen from a person delivering pizzas in the neighborhood earlier in the evening. The pizza delivery car was taken at gunpoint by a man wearing a Ronald Reagan mask and was abandoned eight blocks from the Valentine residence. Police have not decided whether the carjacking is related to Mrs. Valentine's murder, Sergeant Jaschik said.

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