SEABROOK – Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) announced on Aug. 28 the arrest of a 42-year-old man who killed a ride-share driver and another passenger in Oxon Hill.
Aaron Lanier Wilson Jr. of Fort Washington was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder for the deaths of 46-year-old Beaudouin Tchakounte of Frederick and 32-year-old Casey Xavier Robinson of Accokeek on Aug. 27. Wilson was arrested at his home on the 10000 block of Indian Head Highway.
Police found both men suffering from gunshot wounds in a 2015 silver Mercedes-Benz in the area near Indian Head Highway and Bald Eagle Road at approximately 9:45 p.m. after receiving reports of a shooting. Both men were pronounced dead on the scene.
In a press conference on Aug. 28, officials said that Tchakounte was an Uber driver, who picked up Robinson first before picking up Wilson as part of an UberPool ride-share option offered through the application. Officials say that both pickups happened in the county and the shooting took place minutes after all three men were in the vehicle.
Tchakounte was the father of four children and worked as a ride-share driver daily. PGPD Assistant Chief Hector Velez extended his condolences to the family and friends of both Tchakounte and Robinson during his opening remarks.
“We have no idea what you are going through; we cannot imagine,” Velez said. “But what I can assure you is the men and women of the Prince George’s County Police Department are working diligently to put together an investigation that will be turned over to the State’s Attorney’s office to secure a conviction.”
Following the shooting, Wilson fled the scene before police arrived. PGPD officials said they were able to identify it was Wilson through “various investigative techniques quickly.” Criminal Investigation Division Capt. Felipe Ordono noted that Uber was very helpful in providing information with police officials during the investigation.
“We have witnesses,” Ordono said. “Someone that witnessed the incident also called 911.”
Following his arrest, Wilson told police that he was picked up the night of the shooting by Tchakounte and that he was allegedly under the influence on Phencyclidine (PCP) during the incident. The vehicle was taken in by police officials for more evidence gathering by the evidence unit.
“We are still 19 hours into this; we have placed a guy into custody,” Ordono said. “So far, what he has told us was that he confused to being inside (with) the Uber driver, he does not know the passenger or the Uber driver, and during the ride, something went wrong. He also tells us he is high on PCP. That is what we have learned so far.”
“He is off the streets, and he will not do this again,” PGPD spokesperson Jennifer Donelan said. “I know that this is extremely scary for our community to hear that something like this has occurred but the best news we can give you at such a horrible time is that these detectives did their job with the help of Uber, with the help of eyewitnesses, with information that they were able to garner through the investigation and they got this person off the street.”
Uber released a statement following the shooting, stating the company was “devastated by this news and our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of Beaudouin Tchakounte and Casey Robinson.” The ride-share company also said it would continue working with law enforcement on their investigation.
Wilson will be held in custody without bond following his first court appearance on Aug. 29. Online records show a preliminary hearing for Wilson is scheduled for Sept. 27 in Upper Marlboro.
The murders were the second shooting incident in less than a week in the county. On Aug. 24, seven people were injured after gunshots were fired during a birthday party in the 6200 block of Maxwell Drive in Camp Springs. None of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries and were taken to hospitals throughout the region. The investigation is still ongoing, police say.
Despite the arrest of Wilson, police continue to ask for information from the public. Those who have more information can call the Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. People who would prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or text “PGPD” with your message to CRIMES (274637) on your mobile device.