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Two men were arrested and another suspect remained at large Thursday in the shooting death of a man in St. Inigoes, according to law enforcement officials.
The commander of the St. Mary’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations said that a planned robbery Feb. 7 that involved crack cocaine turned deadly after Robert L. McDowney, 37, was killed by one of the robbers.
Capt. Terry Black said Thursday morning that police were still seeking the man they believe pulled the trigger. The sheriff’s office said James Kenneth Clay Jr., 35, of no fixed address is known to frequent the Laurel and Baltimore areas and should be considered armed and dangerous. He is charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery.
BCI detectives executed multiple search-and-seizure warrants Wednesday in Lexington Park, Prince George’s County and Howard County and, with the cooperation of other law enforcement agencies, arrested two suspects.
Andre L. Bowman, 31, of Laurel was charged with felony murder and armed robbery. He was arrested in the Laurel area on Wednesday, Black said.
Joseph W. Medley III, 29, was arrested in his hometown of Lexington Park. Medley, who police said knew the victim, was charged with conspiracy to commit felony murder and conspiracy to commit armed robbery in connection with planning the robbery.
Black said that he did not believe Medley was at the St. Inigoes trailer during the alleged robbery and homicide.
“It was not random at all,” Black said of the robbery. “I believe it was crack cocaine,” he said of the drugs that were connected with the robbery.
St. Mary’s detectives said in their initial account that McDowney was shot and killed by one of two robbers who forced their way inside and got away in a silver Ford Fusion.
Black said the robbery and shooting occurred just before St. Mary’s 911 dispatchers got a call from a neighbor’s house at 9:25 p.m. on Feb. 7.
McDowney, the father of three children and the grandfather of a 2-year-old boy, moved in last October with a woman living at the trailer off Beachville Road, according to neighbors and family members.
Bowman and Medley are being held at the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. Clay’s warrant information is available through a nationwide network, Black said, adding he will be arrested “as soon as eyes are on him.”
Black praised the cooperation of law enforcement agencies in Howard, Prince George’s and Calvert counties that are assisting in the investigation. “It was very much a team effort,” he said.
firstname.lastname@example.org Staff writer John Wharton contributed to this report.