The man who police say shot and killed the 23-year-old Germantown girl who friends called Shadé on Monday night in the parking lot of the Germantown Target store will be held without bond.
Donald Wayne Bicker, Jr., 27, of Hagerstown, is held for the murder of Mariam Folashade Adebayo, has been released from the hospital and has appeared before a court commissioner. He is currently being held without bond and will have a bond review tomorrow at 1:00 pm in Rockville. He is being charged with first degree murder.
At 7:33 pm, Monday evening on June 1, police received multiple calls for a in the parking lot in front of the Target located at 20908 North Frederick Road in Germantown. Officers responded to the area and located the victim.
At the scene, multiple witnesses observed an altercation in a vehicle between Adebayo and Bricker. Witnesses stated that at some point during the altercation, Adebayo exited the vehicle to get away from Bricker. The suspect then exited the vehicle holding a handgun. Bricker fired the gun in the direction of Adebayo and she fell to the ground. Bricker was then observed walking up to Adebayo and shooting her again. Bricker then fled from the scene in a white, older model, Ford Ranger pickup truck.
According to police, at approximately 7:42 pm, an officer located Bricker’s vehicle in the area of Comus Road and Old Hundred Road in Dickerson. Officers then initiated their cruisers’ emergency lights and sirens. When the suspect failed to stop, a pursuit was initiated.
Bricker then led police on a high-speed chase on the rural roads in far western Montgomery County, according to police reports heard over a police scanner. In Dickerson, the suspect began heading south on Rt. 28 with officers in pursuit. Pursuing officers communicated over the radio that the suspect reached speeds of 80- or 90-miles per hour as he sped eastbound on Rt. 28 before crashing.
At approximately 8:12 pm., according to police, in the area of the 15800 block of Darnestown Road, the Bricker’s vehicle was involved in a single-vehicle collision between Black Rock Road and Whites Ferry Road. At that time officers arrested Bricker and he was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries he sustained in the collision. A handgun was recovered at the collision scene. Officers seized the vehicle which contained evidence related to the crime.
Interviews with the victim’s family and friends revealed that Adebayo and Bricker had been dating for approximately six months and had recently ended the relationship.
Bricker is a registered sex offender after a 2008 conviction for Sexual Offense in the Third Degree in Washington County, which means sexual contact without the consent of the victim, along with an aggravating factor, like causing or putting in fear of serious physical injury. A Third Degree Sexual Offense also includes sexual contact with mentally disabled victim or victim under age 14 with the perpetrator being four years older, or a sexual act with victim 14- or 15-years old.
Bricker has had other run-ins with police, in December 2007 he plead guilty to disorderly conduct for an incident which took place in on July 25, of 2007 in Washington County. He was arrested and charged with other crimes in association with that incident but was not prosecuted, according to court records.
This remains an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about this event is asked to call the Department at 301-279-8000 (24 hour line). Callers may remain anonymous.
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Photo of suspect from the Maryland State Sex Offender Registry.
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