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CrimeBaltimore man charged in D.C.-area killing of transgender woman

01:55  22 july  2019
01:55  22 july  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

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A Baltimore man has been arrested in the killing of a transgender woman found shot in a suburb just outside of D . C . Gerardo Thomas, 33, was charged with first-degree murder Police said they still are investigating the motive in Spears’s killing but do not believe she was targeted because of her gender .

Baltimore man charged in D.C.-area killing of transgender woman© NBC Washington Image: Zoe Spears, a 23-year-old transgender woman, was fatally shot in Maryland in June 2019. A Baltimore man has been arrested and charged in the killing of Zoe Spears, a transgender woman, who was fatally shot on June 13 in Prince George's County, Maryland, according to police.

Gerardo Thomas, 33, of Baltimore, was arrested Wednesday in Cecil County, Prince George's police announced Thursday. He was charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond.

Spears, 23, was found shot to death the night of June 13 in Fairmount Heights.

Maj. Brian Reilly, commander of the Criminal Investigation Division, said the arrest was the result of five weeks of "tireless, tedious hard work."

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A Baltimore , Maryland, man has been arrested in connection to the fatal shooting of a young transgender woman Gerardo Thomas, 33, has been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Police said that through surveillance footage in the area , they were able to see the suspect’s van.

The investigation began with grainy black-and-white images of a Dodge Caravan captured by a security camera across the street from where the shooting took place. The video caught the minivan from the driver's side.

Detectives reached out to motor vehicle administrations in the District, Maryland and Virginia, as well as area Dodge dealerships for records of Dodge Caravans, Reily said at a news conference Thursday.

They worked with multiple police departments across the Washington, D.C., area and the FBI to study tens of thousands of hits from license plate readers to find the exact minivan. They learned the vehicle was a "distinctive billet color," Reilly said.

"Eventually, out of the 30,000 [hits], it was narrowed down to one vehicle that was hit on a license plate reader approximately two hours prior to the murder, approximately a half-mile away," Reilly said.

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Man arrested after 23-year-old transgender woman shot and killed in Prince George's Co. A man has been arrested after 23-year-old Zoe Spears was shot to death in Prince George's County, Md. in June. The arrest of 33-year-old Gerardo Thomas of Baltimore, Md. was announced on Thursday. Police said the motive for the murder is unknown at this time. On Thursday, June 13, police were called to the 600 block of 59th Ave., in Fairmount Heights, Md. to check on the welfare of Spears. Upon arrival, officers found Spears dead after being shot. RELATED: 'I was gagged. I was tied. And I was left for dead.' | Violence hits DC's trans community RELATED: Two trans women were killed two months apart.

A Baltimore , Maryland, man has been arrested in connection to the fatal shooting of a young transgender woman Gerardo Thomas, 33, has been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Police said that through surveillance footage in the area , they were able to see the suspect’s van.

Police have charged a Baltimore man with the shooting death of a transgender woman in Prince George’s County last month. She was pronounced dead at the scene. She was the second transgender woman of color to be killed in the Prince George’s County town this year.

After detectives found the van they believed was in the video, they determined it had been rented from an Enterprise franchise in Baltimore by Thomas after he had been in a car accident.

Authorities are still investigating the motive, but do not believe Spears was targeted because she was transgender, Reilly said, adding that Thomas admitted to being at the scene and armed in the van the night of Spears's killing.

"He was very vague about his involvement," Reilly said. "However, he does place himself on the scene. He does place himself there with a shotgun and he does place himself inside of that vehicle."

Police recovered a shotgun Wednesday while executing a search warrant on Thomas's home in Baltimore and are working to determine if it matches the weapon used to kill Spears, Reilly said.

There is no indication the killing was connected to the fatal shooting of Ashanti Carmon in the same area on March 30, Reilly said. Carmon was also transgender and friends with Spears. Carmon's case remains unsolved.

Prince George's police spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan praised detectives for Thomas' arrest.

"There were some insinuations that we weren't looking at this case or aggressively investigating it because Zoe Spears was a transgender commercial sex worker," Donelan said Thursday. "Nothing could be further from the truth."

"If your life is taken in Prince George's County, we don't care what color you are, we don't care how much money you make, we don't care about your sexual orientation, we don't care about where you're from or where you live," she said. "If your life is taken in our county, these detectives are going to find the person responsible."

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