The 43-year-old Lebanese restauranteur suspected of killing his former wife's boyfriend at a Jessup motel June 22 turned himself in at county police headquarters Friday afternoon.

Police served Adel George Hagez, of the 2000 block Fon-Du-Lac in Richmond, Va., with a first-degree murder warrant in the shooting death of Riad S. Hijaz, 44, also of Richmond. He was being held without bail Friday at the Howard County Detention Center, pending a bond hearing in District Court.

Police said Hagez turned himself in at about 1 p.m.

Investigators say that Hagez traced the couple from Virginia to the Holiday Innin Jessup.

Police said Hagez knocked loudly on the door of the couple's room, and when his ex-wife answered, he entered the room and shot Hijaz several times at close range.

Hagez's former wife, who was working at a Mediterranean restaurant booth at the Columbia City Fair earlier in the day, was not injured.

Both men grew up togetherin the same village in Lebanon and were involved in the restaurant business.

Hagez's car was recovered at the Shady Grove Metro Station in Montgomery County Wednesday. Detectives found a .357 handgun in the trunk.


A compilation of some of the crimes reported to Howard County police and state police:


6900 block Westcott Place: June 20, an unknown assailant broke into several homes under construction and stole appliances between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

8800 block Tamar Drive: June 22, a resident was awakened at 11:30 p.m. when someone tried to steal her VCR. The suspect, described as a male in his late teens, walked away from the scene.

Ellicott City

3000 block Rogers Ave: June 19, a 1985 Renault Encore was reported stolen from a business parking lot sometime before 7 a.m.

3600 Mount Ida Drive: June 21, an unknown assailant entered a residence through an unlocked rear door and stole cash and food stamps sometime between 9:30 and 10 p.m.

3000 block Oak Green Circle: June 24, a 1987 Mazda RX7 was reported stolen from an apartment complex parking lot between 1 a.m. and 1 p.m.


Route 1 and Route 175: June 21, twofemales stole a 1990 Hyundai Sonata from a gas station while its owner was paying for gas at 1:40 p.m.

7300 block Pocomoke Drive: June24, a 1989 Hyundai Sonata

was reported stolen from a business parking lot between 1 and 1:30 p.m.


16800 block Hardy Road:weekend of June 20-22, unknown assailants forcibly entered a church and stole a microwave oven and electronic equipment.


8000 block Savage Guilford Road: June 20, two Columbia teen-agers, 18 and 17, were arrested for smashing 11 mailboxes with a baseball bat at 12:30 a.m. A witness provided police with the license plate number ofthe truck the boys were driving and an officer pulled them over. Both were charged with 11 counts of destruction of property and the driver was also charged with driving under the influence.

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