Anne Arundel County police are searching for a married couple from Baltimore in the shooting death of two people Sunday in Glen Burnie, days after charging another man and almost immediately releasing him.
Police said Wednesday they obtained a warrant charging Edwin Javier Hurtado-Valdez, 19, of Brooklyn with two counts each of first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault and use of a firearm in a felony violent crime, police said.
They also have a warrant for Hurtado-Valdez’s wife Cambrea May Lynn Sieck, 18, of the same address in Brooklyn, charging her with being an accessory after the fact, police said. Police said they believe she helped her husband flee the scene of the shootings.
Police said the couple is believed to be armed and dangerous and urged anyone who sees them to call 911.
Hurtado-Valdez is charged with killing Antwon Elijah Queen, 20, and Antwan Troy Briggs, 24, Sunday in the 300 block of Highland Drive. Police called it a targeted attack.
Hurtado-Valdez and Queen both graduated from North County High School in Glen Burnie: Queen in 2016 and Hurtado-Valdez the next year, said Bob Mosier, Anne Arundel County Public School spokesman. It’s not clear if they knew each other.
Sieck graduated from Northeast High School in 2018, while Briggs last attended the Phoenix Academy, an alternative school, in 2012, Mosier said.
Officers found Queen, a Brooklyn resident, in a parking lot suffering from gunshot wounds. Paramedics pronounced him dead soon thereafter.
Officers found Antwan Troy Briggs, 24, with no fixed address, in the laundry room inside an adjacent apartment building suffering from gunshot wounds. Paramedics also pronounced Briggs dead at the scene.
An autopsy determined Briggs and Queen died because of the gunshot wounds, police said in the release.
Police have said another shooting Monday night in Glen Burnie about half a mile from the apartment building where Briggs and Queen were shot and killed Sunday, was unrelated. Two men were left wounded, but not critically injured following the shooting Monday night.
Monday, police charged a different man with the double homicide but released him shortly afterward after discovering additional information. The Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office dropped the charges within hours.
Sgt. Jackie Davis, police spokeswoman, said senior homicide investigators could not recall a similar reversal.
In charging documents against that man, police said an “associate” of Briggs and Queen told them they were meeting somebody for a drug deal. The Capital is not identifying the man police charged Monday because charges have been dropped.
Davis declined to say whether the man charged and released Monday was connected to the couple police identified Wednesday.
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Police, in announcing the charges Wednesday, said they developed descriptions of the couple’s vehicle by interviewing witnesses. Investigators found a vehicle matching the description Monday on Sexton Road in Pasadena, according to the release.
Investigators said they searched the vehicle and uncovered evidence from the Briggs’ and Queen’s murders inside and outside of the vehicle. They did not describe the evidence.
Queen and Briggs are the third and fourth homicide in the county in 2019.
A Brooklyn Park man was charged Feb. 14 with killing his mother during an assault.
A Glen Burnie man was killed and found inside his trailer after a fire earlier this month. Jason Butler Nichols, 35, of Glen Burnie was charged March 20 with first- and second-degree murder and arson in the death.
In February, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner also ruled human remains found in Shady Side in 2017 were the result of a homicide.
There have been no homicides recorded so far this year in Annapolis.