A Baltimore teenager is facing murder charges for the second time this year after Annapolis police identified him as a suspect in the 2020 murder of a Landover accountant.
Jaden Kemetrius Crowner, now 18, of Brooklyn, is facing murder charges for the July 11, 2020 shooting of Cameroon native Walters Mpang Halle Elangwe. Crowner’s family said they were in Annapolis buying a cell phone when he was shot.
At the time, Crowner was 16 years old. Annapolis police said they believe the shooting, in the 1100 block of Primrose Court, was a robbery gone wrong. Elangwe, 29, was shot several times through the windscreen of his sedan as he backed out of the area.
Elangwe suffered four gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the charging documents. Police wrote that a witness told investigators the gunman aimed at Elangwe and fired several bullets at him, closing in before fleeing.
Crowner was identified in surveillance footage wearing the same outfit as the shooter, police wrote.
Officers took a handgun from Crowner when he was arrested by Anne Arundel County police on drug and firearm charges later in 2020, police wrote, and a forensic investigation matched the multi-casing weapon found at the scene of the homicide.
Anne Arundel County Police arrested Crowner in March in connection with the Brooklyn Park shooting death of 19-year-old Devin Scott Freeman, who was found dead behind a funeral home.
Police say Freeman arranged to buy marijuana from Crowner in February, met him at a 7-Eleven in Brooklyn Park on Feb. 26, and walked to the funeral home, where a struggle ensued. His body was found by funeral home staff the following day.
In this case, he is charged with first degree murder and is represented by Baltimore attorney Roland Harris. Harris did not immediately return a request for comment.
Annapolis Police Chief Ed Jackson said in a statement that the work of Det. Nancy Moore, who led the Annapolis homicide investigation, and her fellow officers “exemplify the commitment we have to ongoing homicide investigations.”