August Ends Gruesome Month of Killings in Prince George's County

Among the eight deaths, a 17-year-old girl slain in her bedroom and an 18-year-old found in the street.


At least eight people were slain in a spate of gun violence in Prince George's County in August, but the county's overall murder rate appears to be slowing this year. 

Killings, detailed on the Prince George's County Police Department's blog, total 34 for the year. That's a little more than a rate of four per month. County police reported 90 slayings in 2011, a rate of more than seven per month. 

Police have charged five suspects in the eight deaths in August and are still searching for others. 

Beginning Aug. 6, police responded to five killings in the span of a week. 

First, in the early morning hours of Aug. 6, county police responded to a scene in Temple Hills in which they discovered 18-year-old Anthony Boatwright lying in the street with a gunshot wound. Boatwright was pronounced dead at the scene. Police made a quick arrest, charging 18-year-old Fort Washington resident Darrel Sales.

The next day, Aug. 7, police responded to Woodlan Boulevard in Upper Marlboro for a report of shots fired. Once on the scene, police discovered East Riverdale area resident Ishmael Boakye suffering from a mortal gunshot wound. Within two days, police charged 21-year-old Marcus Devon Reid in the killing. 

On Aug. 8, police discovered 40-year-old Riverdale Park resident Alvaro Aguirre-Herrara shot to death inside his home in the 6200 block of Kenilworth Avenue. Within two days, police had charged 40-year-old Riverdale Park resident Kobina Edo Abruquah in connection with the killing. Abruguah was a neighbor of Aguirre-Herrara. 

Three days later, on Aug. 11, police found 29-year-old Oliver Gregson Davis suffering from a deadly gunshot wound inside his home on the 700 block of Glacier Avenue in Capitol Heights. Within a day, police had charged 19-year-old Travis Everett Hoskins. Police say the two had been arguing prior to the shooting.

The next day, Aug. 12, police were called to the scene of a deadly domestic altercation in which Glen Burnie resident Trevor Johnson, 37, was shot multiple times. Police said that 35-year-old Fort Washington resident James Howard Braddy, Jr. shot Johnson, who was the boyfriend of Braddy's ex-girlfriend. Police said that Braddy shot Johnson once in the apartment before dragging Johnson outside to a parking lot. There, police said, Braddy shot Johnson multiple times before fleeing from the scene. Braddy surrendered to police on Aug. 25.

On Aug. 15, police working in Forestville discovered 23-year-old Deandre Yates suffering from a fatal gunshot wound inside his home. As yet, there has been no arrest.

On Aug. 22, police responding to a report of a shooting discovered 17-year-old As yet, there has been no arrest.

Two days later, on Aug. 24, county police opened another investigation into the slaying of 32-year-old Maritza Alfaro-Abarca, who had been found stabbed to death in the 5600 bock of Kennedy Street near Riverdale. There has been no arrest in that case.

Police have asked anyone with information which could help lead to the arrest of suspects in connection with these killings to call the county's homicide unit at 301-772-4925. Anonymous tips can be made through the county Crime Solvers tip line at 1-866-411-8477. Tips can also be sent via text message by sending a text to the number 274637 (CRIMES). Texted tips must begin with the word "PGPD" before beginning the body of your message.

Marcus Aurelius September 04, 2012 at 03:45 PM
PG county has become a joke, and is full of criminals from the top down, I am glad to see Rushern Baker has not been caught doing anything yet and hope he never does, DC knows what it is doing people and we need t owake up, they are re-doing just about all of the old hoods and building nicer homes the criminals can't afford or are not section 8 housing, so good amount are leaving the district adn coming to PG county and Montgomery county, they are criminals threw and threw. We are doomed as a nation until the criminal culture and the single parent family changes. Oh well protect yourself people the police can't be everywhere.
Emil Farkwarp September 05, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Maybe they cannot be everywhere but they were there PROMPTLY for the first five. I'm hopeful dedicated detective work on the remainder will bring swift resolution there as well. Seems half of folks seem to grouse about an overzealous county police force, and the other half whine that cops are goldbricking.
bgdckns2 September 06, 2012 at 05:49 PM
That's because an OVERZEALOUS officer usually doesn't protect and serve, rather than apprehend the suspect by any and all means. IDK about you, but me a longstanding good legal citizen of this country don't want to be harrased by an OVERZEALOUS officer trying to solve a crime. I don't want to have to dieal with the officers bias, the officers interpretation, the officers perception, I don't want to have to deal with any of those formentioned issues when dealing with a police officer. It's not ok for an officer to act in an OVERZEALOUS manner especially if it negatively affects anyone not involved with the case. That is why "half of folks seem to grouse about an overzealous county police force"
Josh Wilson September 17, 2012 at 01:19 AM
I see I can flag Marcus' comment as inappropriate, but unfortunately I can't flag it as ignorant. Really Marcus, "Prince George's has become a joke?" Ever been to the National Harbor, our great County park system or Bladensburg's 1812 Museum? Of course not. Where do you live anyway? Somewhere obviously where there is no crime..... And its spelled "through and through."


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