Taylor King Pepe

Taylor King Pepe was charged in the fatal shooting of a Laurel man in what Howard County police believe was a drug robbery gone wrong. (Photo courtesy Howard County Police / January 28, 2014)

Four Howard County-area residents have been charged in the fatal shooting of a Laurel man last week in what Howard County police believe was a drug robbery gone wrong, police said Tuesday.

Facing charges are: Desmick Jermario Lewis, 22, of the 7000 block of Talisman Lane in Columbia; Amanda Nicole McAdoo, 18, of the of 9500 Park Avenue in Laurel; Lauren Elizabeth Maready, 18, of the 12800 block of Lime Kiln Road in Highland; and Taylor King Pepe, 19, of the 8300 block of Sand Cherry Lane in Laurel. 

At 10 p.m. on Jan. 23, police were called to the 9400 block of Sewall Avenue in Laurel to a report of a pickup truck hitting a tree in a residential neighborhood. Responding officers found Russell Elbert Rowe, 24, of Main Street in the driver's seat, alone, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, police said.

Rowe was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore in critical condition. He died on Jan. 26, police said.

Police said a witness told investigators he saw Rowe's pickup strike the tree at a high rate of speed. The witness told police he saw a woman and a man, who had a handgun, fleeing the scene of the collision.

Upon searching Rowe's vehicle, police found a cellphone and a bag of Oxycodone, police said. The phone contained multiple text messages between a victim and one of the suspects arranging a meeting to buy drugs. 

Police were then able to link additional suspects to the incident, according to a news release. Detectives believe the four suspects planned to rob Rowe for the Oxycodone, police said.

Lewis is charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery, first-degree assault, handgun violations and reckless endangerment, police said. He is being held on no bond at the Howard County Detention Center. 

McAdoo, Maready and Pepe are charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, handgun violations and reckless endangerment, police said. Police expect the attempted murder charges for McAdoo, Maready and Pepe to be modified to murder charges.

Pepe is being held on $250,000 bond at the Detention Center. Police said. McAdoo and Maready were arrested in Pennsylvania and are awaiting extradition.