Teenage suspect arrested in Eastern Shore killing

April 12, 2008|By Nick Madigan

A teenager being sought in the killing of an Eastern Shore man this week was caught yesterday at a house in Princess Anne, according to the Maryland State Police.

Brandon M. Curtis, 18, was arrested shortly after 4 p.m., said spokesman Gregory M. Shipley.

Curtis was charged with killing Booker Gelzer, 38, a friend of Curtis' mother. He was found fatally shot Wednesday morning in the woman's home in Hebron, a small town near Salisbury. Police said Curtis was seen fleeing the house in a maroon Chevrolet Blazer, which authorities found in Salisbury that night.

Curtis was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, possession of a handgun in a vehicle, possession of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure and possession of a handgun, Shipley said. Curtis did not live at his mother's home.

The search for Curtis by state troopers, sheriff's deputies and local police officers led to a house on Stewart Neck Road in Princess Anne. Shipley said police found Curtis inside, and he was arrested without a struggle. His connection to the homeowner had not been determined.

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