Man found shot to death in home

October 23, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

HALFWAY - A 28-year-old father of four and former North Hagerstown High School wrestling and football standout was found shot to death at his 10719 Timothy Drive home in Halfway Thursday night.

About 10:30 p.m., Ali Aubae Robinson was found dead from a gunshot wound in the one-story home he leased off Bower Avenue near Valley Mall, Washington County Sheriff's Department Investigator Kenneth Barnhart said in a written release.

Robinson's live-in girlfriend, Carrie Nicole Simmons, 24, found him, police said.

The house, with tan siding and brown shutters and brickwork, was cordoned off Friday morning with yellow police tape. A Lincoln Navigator and Ford Explorer were parked in the driveway, contained by tape extending around the home's small front yard and around the back of the house. A county deputy stood guard.


Investigator Christopher Weaver said that Robinson's body was sent to the Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy. Barnhart accompanied Robinson's body to Baltimore, Capt. Doug Mullendore said.

"There was significant trauma," Mullendore said.

Robinson's death is "being treated as a homicide," Weaver said. Three investigators, Western Maryland Regional Crime Lab Supervisory Forensic Scientist Jeffrey Kercheval and several uniformed officers worked throughout the night on the case, Weaver said Friday morning at the scene.

Mullendore said that Simmons let police inside the residence, "but denied us the right to search the home last night."

Weaver said he couldn't say whether a weapon was found inside the home. He said he would not release where the body was found, saying that it would be information the shooter would know.

Police sent out a lookout Friday morning for a Pontiac Grand Am with Virginia tags, JKV6370, rented from Avis in Virginia Beach, Va.

Sgt. Mark Knight said police believe that Robinson had rented the car.

"We're looking at all possibilities," Weaver said. "We have some evidence that we collected that needs to be analyzed."

Robinson's death would be the second homicide in Washington County this year. Jonathan M. Dennis, 19, of Waynesboro, Pa., was fatally shot March 14 in a Washington Gardens Apartments and Townhouses courtyard in the east end of Hagerstown.

Anyone with information about the shooting may call Barnhart at 301-791-3020.

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