The man who police believe saw Angelia K. Hamilton's killer running from the scene moments after her slaying still has not come forward to tell what he knows, county police say.
The investigation into Ms. Hamilton's homicide would be "a lot further along than it has been" if the witness had given a statement, Detective Dean D'Camera, the lead investigator on the case, said yesterday.
"We believe this guy observed the suspect fleeing the scene and get into a vehicle parked between the 7-Eleven and the Car Tel store," Detective D'Camera said. Homicide detectives hope the man can give them a better description of the getaway car and the killer, police said.
Police released a composite picture of the man Monday, hoping someone will tell police his where abouts or that he will contact police and help solve the crime.
Authorities also released a new composite picture of the suspect. They say the new picture is a better likeness of the killer than the one released Feb. 20.
Ms. Hamilton, 22, was shot at the Car Tel Phones store on Valentine's Day in what police say was a robbery attempt. The Laurel woman was a sales clerk at the store in the 3400 block of Fort Meade Road. She died the next evening at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
Police said a man walked into the store about 12:15 p.m. As Ms. Hamilton showed him some cellular telephones, he pulled out a handgun and shot her several times, then ran out of the store. Police believe their key witness saw which direction the gunman took. The witness also told a woman who was going in the gunman's direction, "Don't go back there. He's got a gun," police said.
The witness was described as a white man 50 to 60 years old, about 6 feet 4 inches tall, with a heavy build and gray hair, police said.
A $12,000 reward is available for anyone who supplies police with information that leads to the killer. Anyone with information about the slaying should call Detective D'Camera at 222-3461.