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Clarksburg Man Charged in Kitchen House Way Homicide



Montgomery County Police have charged a Clarksburg resident in connection with the April 29 quadruple shooting at a Germantown townhouse which left a 19-year-old dead.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division have arrested Eric Anthony Lee, 23, of the 13500 block of Wood Crest Manor Way in Clarksburg, for the homicide of 19-year-old Amaru Amir Santos Johnson that occurred on April 29 inside of a townhouse at 12839 Kitchen House Way.


According to police, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore ruled Johnson’s manner of death as a homicide by gunshot wound.

Police obtained an arrest warrant for Lee on Wednesday, May 3 charging him with first-degree murder and home invasion. On May 4, Montgomery County Police officers arrested Lee at a residence in Westminster Maryland. Lee is currently being held without bond.

According to police, Lee and a second suspect were in the Kitchen House Way neighborhood about an hour before the shooting, where they robbed two victims at gunpoint in the parking lot area. The robbery victims fled to the home where the shooting ultimately occurred.

A short time after the earlier robbery had occurred, Johnson and two other subsequent shooting victims were standing outside of the home on Kitchen House Way when Lee and a second suspect arrived at the house. Johnson and the two other subsequent shooting victims had been called to the home in reference to the earlier robbery. Upon approaching the front door to the home, one suspect immediately shot one of the victims in the leg. Johnson and a third victim attempted to flee inside of the residence where they were also shot. A fourth victim was also shot inside of the home. After the shooting, Lee and the second suspect fled from the home.

Lee was known by several of the victims of the armed robbery and home invasion that resulted in the homicide of Johnson and positively identified him as one of the suspects involved in these crimes. Therefore, detectives do not believe that this event was random.


According to Maryland Judiciary Case Search, Lee had been released on bond pending a Sept. 25 trial in Montgomery County Circuit Court on weapons charges including sale, transfer, or disposal of stolen regulated firearm. The trial, which was originally scheduled for April 4, 2017, but was postponed and rescheduled for Sept. 25, 2017.

Lee has had several run-ins with MCPD dating back to a December 2011 arrest for having alcohol in a prohibited place at which time he gave an address as 13035 Dairymaid Drive in Germantown, which is about 2,000 feet from the home where the shooting took place. Subsequent run-ins with police include second-degree assault in November of 2015 and possession of drug paraphernalia in July of 2013.

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).

Captions:

Top: Officers from MCPD 5th District have arrested a Clarksburg man and continue to investigate the shootings at 12839 Kitchen House Way where 19-year-old Amaru Amir Santos Johnson and three other people were shot. Johnson later died at a local hospital.

Next: Eric Anthony Lee, 23, of the 13500 block of Wood Crest Manor Way in Clarksburg has been charged with First-Degree and Home Invasion. Photo courtesy MCPD.

Next: The townhouse at 12839 Kitchen House Road was taped off with police crime scene tape on Saturday morning as police investigated the quadruple shooting.

Photos by Germantown Pulse.



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