Howard County police arrest suspects in two shootings

Man, woman in custody after incidents Tuesday night

April 08, 2010|By Jessica Anderson | jkanderson@baltsun.com

Howard County Police have arrested two people involved in two separate shootings that occurred overnight Tuesday in which three people were injured.

Daniel John Palombo, Jr., 24, of 3500 block of Reynard Drive in Ellicott City, was charged in the shooting of Brandon Michael Boswell.

Boswell, 25, had gone with four friends to the 5400 block of Broadwater Lane in Clarksville to meet a man, police said, saying the meeting was possibly drug-related.

Police said Palombo arranged a meeting with Boswell, and planned for two others to rob Boswell. During the meeting, a masked, armed man and woman pulled up in a car, got out, and shot Boswell in the leg.

Palombo was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit first- and second-degree assault. The masked man and woman have not been identified.

Police also made an arrest in another shooting that occurred the same night in a trailer park in the 100 block of Alma Ave.

Jessica Matovich, 32, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged as an accessory in the shooting incident, where Arthur Thomas, 27, and Michael Fitchett, 36, were shot in the leg after a confrontation with two people with police believed to be guests at Econo Lodge next door.

When police arrived at the scene, Matovich told police her car was stolen by people involved in the shooting. Police issued an alert for a silver 2003 Chevy Impala. The car was found in Laurel with Matovich inside. Police charged her as an accessory after the fact to attempted first- and second-degree murder and accessory after the fact to first-degree assault. The shooter is still unidentified.

A third shooting on the same night injured two teenage boys in Laurel. No arrests have been made in that incident in the 9100 block of Hitching Post Lane.

The incidents were the second, third and fourth shootings in the county this year.

Police are offering a reward of up to $1,500 for information in any of these cases. Anyone with information should call 410-313-STOP.

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