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Probe into shooting death continues

October 26, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

Police by Monday had made no arrests in last week's shooting death of Ali Aubae Robinson, but urged neighbors of the Halfway-area man to call them if they see anything suspicious, Washington County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Mark Knight said.

"I'd like to say that it's not a random act. Eventually we'll find out that it was committed by whoever- someone who knew him or was somehow connected with him, but we're not to the stage yet where we can rule that out," said Knight, who is head of the department's criminal investigations unit.

Robinson, 28, was found dead from a gunshot wound or wounds in his 10719 Timothy Drive home off Bower Avenue near Valley Mall at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

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Knight said he doesn't think Robinson's neighbors should be afraid to go outside, but said that if they see anything suspicious they should call the Sheriff's Department.

"I think everybody ought to err on the side of caution," he said.

Robinson's live-in girlfriend, Carrie Nicole Simmons, 24, found Robinson dead inside the home, police said.

"We have no actual suspects. We have talked to a lot of people, but we're still just plugging away," Knight said.

Robinson's body was sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy, but the full results will not be known for a couple of weeks, Knight said.

Police on Monday remained vague about the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Since Thursday, police have not said how many times Robinson was shot, where he was found in the house or whether they found a gun in the house. Police also have not said whether there were signs of forced entry.

Knight said they are withholding some information that only the person or people involved in the shooting might know.

Investigator Christopher Weaver said police could not determine whether anything was stolen from the house.

Knight said time of death will be determined through the autopsy.

Police were still searching for a Pontiac Grand Am that Robinson rented from an Avis rental car center in Virginia Beach, Va., Knight said. The Grand Am had Virginia tags, JKV6370.

Robinson was employed by New Frontiers as a computer technician, according to his obituary.

Robinson, who grew up in Waynesboro, Pa., and Hagerstown, served in the U.S. Army, his ex-wife, Krista Startzman said. Robinson had four children and coached youth wrestling and football, she said. He had been a North Hagerstown High School wrestling and football standout in the mid-1990s, she said.

Police ask anyone with information on the shooting to call them at 301-791-3020.

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