Man slain in Crofton was suspect in killing


November 08, 2006|By Nia-Malika Henderson | Nia-Malika Henderson,Sun Reporter

An Upper Marlboro man who authorities say was fatally shot when he or an acquaintance opened fire at a Crofton residence last weekend had earlier been accused of a killing in Prince George's County, police there said yesterday.

Joel Richard Young, 22, of Westphalia Road, was killed Sunday during a shootout at the Crofton residence, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

Prince George's County police had obtained a warrant Aug. 25 for Young's arrest on first- and second-degree murder charges, assault and handgun violations, according to computerized court records and authorities there.

Anne Arundel County police said that Young and another man showed up in a four-door vehicle at 1709 Leisure Way about 12:15 p.m. Sunday. They entered the apartment and at least one of them started shooting, wounding Christopher Michael Haramis, 25, a resident, police said. Haramis apparently shot Young, police said.

Young's companion is believed to have leaped out the window and fled in the four-door vehicle.

Haramis, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the abdomen, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in critical condition yesterday evening.

Anne Arundel County police believe the shooting is linked to an incident that occurred about 2 a.m. Sunday, when, police said, two men robbed a man and a woman who were outside Haramis' apartment during a late-night party.

People from the party fought with the armed robbers, who fled with cash.

"The likely motive had something to do with the robbery the night before," said Lt. David Waltemeyer, a spokesman for Anne Arundel County police..

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