The man suspected of shooting to death three people and wounding two others at an Edgewood granite business in October has been indicted by a Harford County grand jury, the county state’s attorney said.
Radee Labeeb Prince, 38, of Elkton, was indicted Tuesday on three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder and related firearm counts, Harford State’s Attorney Joseph Cassilly said in a news release.
The charges relate to a workplace shooting that occurred Oct. 18 2017 at Advanced Granite Solutions in Edgewood. The deceased victims were employees of the business and identified as Bayarsaikhan Tudev, 53, of Arlington, Va., Jose “Oscar” Hidalgo Romero, 34, of Aberdeen, and Enis Mrvoljak, 48, of Abingdon. The two other employees who were shot survived.
The indictment is another step in the process to bringing Prince to justice, Cassilly said.
“This is one more step we can take that we’ve gotten this out of the way, so whenever we’re told they’re ready for us to take him, this will be done and out of the way and we’re ready to go,” he said Tuesday.
The indictment likely does little for the families of the victims, Cassilly said.
“They’re dealing with Christmas and a new year, either caring for someone who has a severe disability because of being shot or dealing with an empty spot in their home at this time of year,” he said. “Getting the news there’s an indictment doesn’t do a whole lot to solve the pain and loss that they’re feeling.”
At the beginning of the workday around 9 a.m. at Advanced Granite Solutions, Prince called his colleagues together, saying “Come with me, I want to say something to everybody," a witness said. Without another word, he opened fire.
According to charging documents filed by the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Prince also was a one-time employee of the business.
Prince fled the scene after the shooting, which was captured on video from inside the business, the news release states.
The shooting set off a 10-hour, multi-state manhunt for Prince, who allegedly shot a sixth person, an acquaintance, at a used car lot in Wilmington, Del., around 10:45 a.m.
Following a multi-state manhunt, Prince was apprehended the same day in Delaware, where police say he shot and wounded a man in Wilmington.
As the manhunt unfolded and police flooded the Interstate 95 corridor seeking the suspect, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said: “There’s an individual out there on the loose who’s committed one of the most heinous acts in our county; we certainly consider him armed and dangerous.”
After being spotted at about 5:30 p.m., Prince was ultimately arrested around 7 p.m. Oct. 18 in Newark, Del.
Prince remains in custody in Delaware awaiting trial for attempted murder in connection with the Wilmington shooting and is facing a possible life sentence.
Prosecutors from both states previously indicated in a joint news release that Prince was to be tried in Delaware first because Delaware law does not provide for parole, whereas parole may be available in Maryland, Cassilly noted in Tuesday’s news release.
Upon completion of the Delaware case, the Harford State’s Attorney’s Office will seek to have Prince returned to Maryland for prosecution in Harford County.
An indictment is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty, he said.
The Maryland case will be led by Deputy State’s Attorney David Ryden, Cassilly said. Ryden is set to be sworn in as deputy state’s attorney Wednesday. He replaces Deputy State’s Attorney Diana A. Brooks, who retired after more than 30 years of service with the office.
Ryden has filed to run for state’s attorney in this year’s election.
A Republican, Ryden is one of five candidates who have already filed to replace the Republican Cassilly.
Republicans Lisa Marts, a former Harford assistant state’s attorney; Albert Piesinger, a Baltimore City state’s attorney for more than 20 years; and Steven Trostle, the interim state’s attorney in Cecil County also have filed.
Democrat Carlos Taylor also has filed for state’s attorney.