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Germantown Man Arrested in Sage Way Shootout

December 28, 2015

The shots that neighbors on Sage Way say they heard the night that Robert Wayne King was killed in Germantown came from multiple guns. The small area in front the townhouse on Sage Way was the site of a shootout resulting from a drug deal gone bad.

   Montgomery County Police have arrested Ebou Nyass, 29, of the 18600 block of Turmeric Court in Germantown with firearms and narcotic offenses related to the December 16 homicide of Robert Wayne King.

   Detectives from the Major Crimes Division are continuing to investigate the homicide of Robert Wayne King and have released more details about the incident in hopes more witnesses might come forward with information.

   The homicide investigation revealed that Nyass and King agreed to meet to complete a drug transaction in the 18600 block of Sage Way. During the meet, an altercation occurred between Nyass and King which resulted in both subjects being shot, according to police. A witness to the transaction stated that King produced and fired his handgun first. A handgun recovered at the scene did not have the characteristics consistent with the weapon thought to have been used to shoot King.

   On the night of the shootout, a neighbor told the Germantown Pulse that she had heard eight to 10 gunshots, and she then walked to a friend’s house. On the way, she heard the victim, King, groaning in pain. He was lying on the ground outside the townhouse at 18630 Sage Way. She said the man had been shot in the leg, side, and chest. She said she went to attempt to help the man, and could see that he was bleeding from his leg. She lifted the victim’s head off the ground and cradled it her lap. She said she did not recognize the man.

    “That house has been a mess for a long time,” a neighbor told the Germantown Pulse, on the condition that she not give her name. “There have been drugs and other problems at that house. We’ve been waiting for something like this to happen.”

   On December 18, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Nyass charging him with one count of possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, one count of possession of a firearm after a prior violent felony conviction, and one count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute.

   Four days later, on December 22, detectives located Nyass at an area hospital after he sought treatment for a gunshot wound and was arrested on the strength of the warrant. Nyass refused to speak with investigators and was transported to the Central Processing Unit. Nyass was released after posting a $100,000 bond. The State’s Attorney’s Office will make a determination on any additional charges in this case.

   This homicide investigation is continuing, and detectives urge anyone who may have information to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070. For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect(s). Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). 

   Nyass is no stranger to the MCPD and has been arrested multiple times in the past on drug charges and in March of 2009, he pleaded guilty to auto theft and was sentenced to two years in prison. He was released on parole and probation in February of 2010.

   Sage Way is in the Germantown Park section of Germantown, formerly known as Cinnamon Woods.  The neighborhood which recently rebranded itself to shed the negative connotations associated with the old name.

   This is not the first time violent crime has visited Sage Way, in June of 2009 it was the scene of a drug-related home invasion by three masked men who bound and beat three residents for 45 minutes in an attempt to find what police at the time said was “drugs of money.”


Top: Police are investigating a shootout that left one man dead and another shot, after drug deal went bad in front of 18630 Sage Way on Dec. 16 in the Germantown Park neighborhood of Germantown.

Next: MCPD have arrested Ebou Nyass on firearm and drug charges in connection with the shootout.

Next:  Detectives gather to discuss the shooting death in Germantown.

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