3 more arrests in Howard Co. shooting
Three more people have been arrested in connection with an April 6 shooting in Howard County -- one of three unrelated shootings that happened in the county that night, Howard County police reported.
Patrick James Belt, 21, of Mount Airy, is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, first-degree assault, robbery and using a handgun in the commission of a felony. Diana Eileen Marker, 22, of Ellicott City, is charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree, attempted first-degree murder, attempted armed robbery, first- and second-degree assault, use of a handgun in the commission of a felony and reckless endangerment. Stevie Ann Gribble, 19, also of Mount Airy, is charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault.
One other suspect, Daniel John Palombo Jr., 24, was charged last month with conspiracy to commit armed robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault.
On April 6, around 7:57 p.m. Howard County police were called to the scene of a possible shooting on the 5400 block of Broadwater Lane in Clarksville.
The victim, Brandon Michael Boswell, 25, of Fort Washington, had been robbed and shot in the leg. He was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma, where he was treated and later released. Police said they later learned that Boswell had been planning to meet with Palombo, allegedly to buy drugs. Palombo did not show up at the planned meeting location and instead told Boswell to meet on Broadwater Lane, police said. Boswell, who was with four friends, drove to the new meeting site where he saw Palombo standing outside a vehicle.
When Boswell got out of the car to speak to Palombo, a third vehicle drove down the private driveway and stopped next to the men. A masked man and woman exited the car, displayed guns and demanded money from Boswell and his friends. Police said the man and woman were Belt and Marker. Police said they believe Belt fired the shot that struck Boswell in the leg.
Following the shooting, Palombo fled in his vehicle, and Belt, Marker and Gribble, the alleged get-away driver, fled, as well. Police said they identified Marker as an associate of Palombo and determined that the two allegedly coordinated the set-up robbery.
Belt and Marker are being held without bond at Howard County Detention Center.
Gribble was released on April 30 after posting $10,000 bond. Palombo was released on April 18 after posting $150,000 bond.
This incident was one of three unrelated shootings in the county on the same night. Last month, police arrested two men for a shooting in the unit block of Alma Avenue in Laurel. An investigation into the shooting in the 9100 block of Hitching Post Lane in Laurel is ongoing.
Washington Post editors
| May 5, 2010; 11:10 AM ET
Tags: Assault, Conspiracy, Howard County Maryland, Police, Robbery, United States
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