Two More Arrested for Silver Spring Days Inn Homicide

Four suspects face murder charges for May 28 killing


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Antonio Ortiz and James Polk Jackson

Via MCPD

Two additional suspects have been arrested and charged with the killing of a 24-year-old in a Days Inn parking lot near downtown Silver Spring in May, Montgomery County police announced Monday.

Police had earlier arrested Ruben Ortiz, 20, and Shanee Collette Cox, 19, in what police described as a retaliation for a drug-deal-turned-robbery that left Bowie resident Sulainman Jalloh dead on May 28 from a beating and stabbing.

Now, police have arrested Ortiz’s brother, 22-year-old Antonio Ortiz, as well as 23-year-old James Polk Jackson. Both have been charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery and are being held without bond.

The younger Ortiz, from Adelphi, and Cox, from Wheaton, allegedly approached Jalloh and his friends at the Silver Spring Metro station May 27 and offered to sell them marijuana, according to court documents. They agreed to a deal at the Days Inn at 8040 13th St. later that night, but when Ortiz arrived, Jalloh and his friends robbed him of about $140 in cash and his Nike sneakers.

Cox, who police say is Ortiz's girlfriend, called police about the assault, but officers did not locate any suspects, according to court documents. Ortiz then returned to the motel with a group of people, broke the window to Jalloh’s room and demanded his property back.

Jalloh and his friends returned the stolen items, but when Jalloh left the room in the early morning, he was assaulted by a group of men and one woman, according to documents. Police describe him being “kicked, struck and stabbed while on the ground” as a woman yelled, “He took my money!” and the assailants stole his watch. Jalloh died at a local hospital as a result of the attack.

The group that assaulted Jalloh consisted of Ortiz, his elder brother, Jackson, and Cox, according to police. The elder Ortiz, a resident of Rosemary Hills Drive in Silver Spring, was arrested June 11, while Jackson, whose address is unconfirmed, was arrested in Alexandria on Wednesday and extradited to Montgomery County.

The younger Ortiz and Cox were denied bond May 30. They are scheduled for a preliminary hearing Friday in Montgomery County District Court in Rockville.

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