Editor’s Note: The second story in our crime brief was edited due to the new information released about the case. The brief reflects those changes.
UPPER MARLBORO — After pleading guilty to first-degree murder and use of a handgun during a crime of violence, a Capitol Heights man received a 50-year prison sentence for a homicide case dating back to more than a year ago.
According to a statement released by the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office (PGSAO), Franklin Scott, 29, “received a total sentence of life, suspending all but 50 years, in prison” for the murder of then-24-year-old Lamont Adair of Seat Pleasant in August 2018.
On Aug. 8, 2018, around 3:50 p.m., officers from the Seat Pleasant Police Department were dispatched to 6602 Greig Street for the report of a fatal shooting. Upon their arrival, they found Adair, a new father and aspiring professional basketball player, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Scott’s guilty plea was on Nov. 19 during a hearing at a county courthouse. A few weeks after the incident last August, Prince George’s Police Department (PGPD) Homicide Unit detectives arrested a second suspect, Olajuwon Jackson, who was charged with first and second-degree murder.
Not long after the incident originally happened, PGPD’s preliminary investigation revealed that Scott was “upset with Adair over a personal issue,” prompting him to target and shoot the victim multiple times.
According to the sentence handed down by the court, upon release, Scott will also be on supervised probation for a period of five years and must register as a gun offender.
“I want Lamont’s family to know that there is no consolation for their tremendous suffering and loss, but I hope that today’s outcome provides some level of peace knowing that the man responsible for this tragedy will not step foot onto the streets of Prince George’s County for a very long time,” said State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy.
Driver in I-95 hit-and-run incident found in North Carolina
Maryland State Police’s CRASH Team investigators announced on Nov. 26 that they have found the vehicle and the driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run incident that occurred near Route 198.
The suspected driver, driving a white and green 2017 Freightliner Cascadia at the time of the crash, was located in Greensboro, North Carolina after police officials received multiple calls on the vehicle’s description. The suspect is not being identified at this time as the state’ attorney’s office determines whether or not to press charges.
Lourdina Hyppolite, 22, of Beltsville, was pronounced dead at the scene on Nov. 21 after being struck by a tractor-trailer that was traveling northbound on Interstate 95 in Laurel.
According to police, the preliminary investigation indicated Hyppolite was a pedestrian that was hit as she walked along I-95 near Route 198 in Laurel. By examining and collecting the debris from the scene, state police investigators have determined the vehicle was a Freightliner Cascadia. After striking the victim, the driver of the truck did not stop, officials said.
Police said they initially received a call around 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 21 from a witness who awaited assistance at the scene, to which troopers responded and found Hyppolite to the right of the shoulder in a grassy area “with obvious injuries.”
Hyppolite was pronounced dead at the scene by the Prince George’s County and Fire Medical Services Department, according to state police. The two right lanes of northbound I-95 near the discovery of Hyppolite’s body were closed for several hours following the arrival of investigators, troopers and emergency crews.
The vehicle being sought in this case was a Freightliner Cascadia between the years of 2008-2019, state police said in a recent release, and that there are two models of the vehicle: a “Sleeper Cab” and a “Day Cab.”
State police confirmed that its crime scene technicians are working to process all the evidence. The CRASH TEAM received assistance from the FBI, Greensboro County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol in locating the driver.
Fatal stabbing at community center still under investigation
A county teenager died from a fatal stabbing that occurred at a community center, PGPD said.
Erick Ruiz Reyes, 19, of Oxon Hill is the victim, law enforcement officials confirmed. A second person who has not been identified was stabbed in the assault and appeared to have suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to police.
Homicide Unit detectives are actively investigating the incident in hopes of identifying a suspect and established motive.
On Nov. 18, shortly after 2 p.m., Maryland-National Capital Park Police and PGPD officers responded to a reported stabbing at Glassmanor Community Center on the 1100 block of Marcy Avenue.
When police arrived on the scene, they found Reyes suffering from multiple stab wounds. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly afterward. A second person was injured in the assault. Preliminarily, his injuries do not appear life-threatening.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925.
Police conduct neighborhood canvass following a Capitol Heights homicide
A recent fatal shooting is under investigation by PGPD’s homicide unit that resulted in the death of a local man.
The victim is 46-year-old Sean Spence of Capitol Heights, police said.
Patrol officers were called to the 5700 block of Rollins Lane for a shooting on Nov. 20 around 7:30 p.m. Spence was foynd outside of his home unresponsive and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, PGPD said. He died shortly thereafter at a local hospital.
On Nov. 22 at 5:30 p.m., PGPD Homicide Unit detectives began to canvass the Capitol Heights neighborhood where Spence resided as they work to identify a suspect (s) and motive in this case.
A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered in this case, police said. Anyone with helpful information on this case is urged to call 301-772-4925 or 1-866- 411-8477.