Police: Suspects in Dover murder had shoplifted bullets

 

DOVER — Two teenagers charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Smyrna man early Sunday morning allegedly shoplifted ammunition from Dick’s Sporting Goods in Dover Mall two days earlier, Dover Police said when announcing their arrests Tuesday.

Eugene Riley, 18, of Milford, and Ahmir Bailey, 19, of Lincoln, were arrested without incident during a Monday morning traffic stop regarding the death of Jameir Vann-Robinson, 20, following a house party in the unit block of Mitscher Road, authorities said. Mr. Vann-Robinson died shortly after arriving at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover with a wound to his lower left back, according to an arrest affidavit.

Dover Police were called to Mitscher Road for a multiple shots fired report at approximately 2:04 a.m., authorities said. An affidavit indicated police were notified of a wounded man by hospital staff at 3:03 a.m. and the man was pronounced dead at 3:25 a.m. An autopsy concluded that the death was deemed a homicide from the gunshot wound to the back, documents said.

 

Eugene Riley

Officers recovered four 9mm and six .40 caliber shell casings at the scene, papers said. No victims or witnesses were in the vicinity, according to police.

Investigators said they were told that Mr. Vann-Robinson was walking with a friend from a house party when he became involved in a verbal dispute with the suspects.

“During that time the suspects fired several shots, one of which struck the victim in the back,” Dover Police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said in a news release.

“It was learned that the suspects were in a silver Chevrolet Cobalt prior to the shooting, which both suspects were in when taken into custody on (Monday.)”

In court documents, a witness described one suspect as a tall black male wearing dark clothing and the other a short black male wearing dark clothing inside a vehicle.

Dick’s surveillance footage allegedly showed the defendants concealing four boxes of 9mm and .40 caliber handgun ammunition and leaving without paying at approximately 3:30 p.m., according to an affidavit. Police valued the ammunition at $13.99 per box.

Ahmir Bailey

The teens were taken into custody at approximately 9:28 a.m., police said. Mr. Riley was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt at the time, according to court documents.

A search that followed at a residence on Cubbage Pond Road in Lincoln located a loaded .40 caliber handgun, a box of 9mm ammunition, and a loaded 9mm magazine, police said. Authorities learned that the handgun was reported stolen during a May 10 burglary investigated by Delaware State Police, Cpl. Hoffman said.

Pending charges for the defendants included first-degree murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by person prohibited (two counts), first-degree reckless endangering, possession of a stolen firearm, shoplifting under $1,500 and third-degree conspiracy. Both men entered not guilty pleas, according to court documents.

Mr. Bailey and Mr. Riley were committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna in lieu of $530,500 cash bond. Preliminary hearings were scheduled for Friday morning.

According to an affidavit, Mr. Riley was convicted of felony receiving stolen property over $1,500 on April 10, 2017 and thus prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition. Mr. Bailey was prohibited after a felony second-degree conspiracy conviction on Dec. 6, 2016.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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