Parkville man caught, charged in Bel Air slaying

Police had been seeking man since July in shooting death at the American Legion in Bel Air

November 19, 2010|By Yeganeh June Torbati, The Baltimore Sun

Bel Air police last night arrested Rakin Raid Muhammad, a Parkville man wanted since this summer in connection with the shooting death of a 25-year-old Aberdeen man, the town's first homicide in more than four years.

Monica Worrell, a spokeswoman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office, said Muhammad is currently being held without bail at the Harford County Detention Center.

The 20-year-old Muhammad, from the 1600 block of Wentworth Avenue, was charged this summer in the July 18 slaying of Derrick Maxey Jr. Police found Maxey's body around 2 a.m. in a rear parking lot of the American Legion in the 100 block of N. Bond St. in Bel Air.

A 15-year-old girl entered a Bel Air emergency room a few minutes later with a gunshot wound to the leg, and police believe the girl was shot in the same parking lot as Maxey.

A warrant was issued for Muhammad's arrest in connection with the incidents shortly thereafter.

Bel Air police received information that Muhammad was hiding out in a residence on Myrtle Avenue in Baltimore. The Baltimore Police Department's Central District, the homicide unit, SWAT, and the aviation and K9 units assisted in the capture in Muhammad around 10:40 p.m. Thursday, according to Bel Air police.

Muhammad is featured on the "America's Most Wanted" website.

In 2007, Muhammad was charged with first-degree murder, assault and related charges for assaulting a 44-year-old man in an incident that left the man paralyzed from the waist down. Muhammad was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with all but 3 1/2 years suspended. According to the report on "America's Most Wanted," the man Muhammad was charged with assaulting, Gregory Simmons, was Maxey's adoptive father.

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