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Police arrest three in Maryland City homicide

Anne Arundel County police say a 22-year-old man was shot and killed at this home May 12 on Sudlersville South in Maryland City.
Anne Arundel County police say a 22-year-old man was shot and killed at this home May 12 on Sudlersville South in Maryland City. (Tim Pratt, Staff)

Anne Arundel County police Wednesday afternoon announced three people have been arrested in connection with a homicide in Maryland City Tuesday night.

Daniel Xavier Stephens, 23, and Tyrik Zachary Smith, 25, both of Montgomery County, have been charged with first-degree murder and other offenses for the shooting death of 22-year-old Laurel resident Anthony Minick in the 3400 block of Sudlersville South, police said.

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Zelina Sharrieff Smith, 45, of Laurel, has been charged with being an accessory, police said.

Police said Zelina Smith drove Stephens, Tyrik Smith and a juvenile to the 3400 block of Sudlersville South in Maryland City so Tyrik could see his son.

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There, Tyrik and Minick got into a physical altercation, police said. Stephens then pulled out a gun and shot Minick, police said.

The group got back into the Nissan being driven by Zelina Smith and fled the scene, police said.

Minick was found at 8:30 p.m. suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and transported to Laurel Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. County fire officials said a second person was transported from the scene after experiencing a medical emergency.

Police issued a lookout for Zelina Smith's vehicle and it was stopped in Prince George's County about an hour after the shooting. The woman and juvenile in the car were brought in for questioning, police said.

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Homicide detectives then issued arrest warrants for Stephens and Tyrik Smith. Stephens was spotted at Route 197 and Route 198 in Laurel at about 8 a.m. Wednesday, where his vehicle was stopped and he was taken into custody, police said.

Detectives found Tyrik Smith in Silver Spring and he also was taken into custody without incident.

The home where Minick was killed sits among nicely kept single-family structures a block from Brock Bridge Elementary.

Birds were chirping Wednesday morning, children walked to school and residents of Sudlersville South pulled out of their driveways to head off to work.

But the house where Minick was killed was in disrepair. The grass was tall, a window was left open and debris littered the yard. A neighbor said the house may have been inhabited by squatters.

Shawn Watkinson, who lives near the scene, said he often sees people coming and going from the house.

"We've never had any problems like this," Watkinson said.

Minick's death is the fourth homicide in Anne Arundel County this year.

On April 12, Palak Patel, 21, was killed in a Hanover Dunkin Donuts. Police believe Patel's husband, Bhadreshkumar Patel, 24, killed her. The search for Patel is ongoing.

On March 22, Antwon Coleman, 19, of Millersville was shot to death in a parking lot in front of his girlfriend's home on Hardmoore Court in Glen Burnie. No arrest has been made.

On Jan. 14, Breon Emerson Cager, 27, was found shot to death in the 7800 block of Coutros Court in Freetown. No arrest has been made.

Anyone with information on Minnick's death can call county police at 410-222-4700.

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