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Second man charged in homicide

September 08, 2006|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

After a car and foot chase Thursday night, police arrested a second suspect in the July 31 shooting death of a woman in downtown Hagerstown.

Police issued an arrest warrant a month ago for Raheen Tajohn Edwin, 31, but didn't find him until getting a tip that he was at Noland Village in a black Dodge car Thursday night, Sgt. Paul Kifer said.

When officers went to Noland Village, they saw a car matching the description speed away. Police said they chased the car, which hit two other cars and a police cruiser before a man got out and ran.

The man was caught and later identified as Edwin.

Edwin is facing several charges in connection with the fatal shooting of Trisiviah Rodriguez, 20, of 56 E. Antietam St., Hagerstown.

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At about 12:40 a.m. on July 31, police found Rodriguez dead on the sidewalk in the first block of East Franklin Street from gunshot wounds, according to court documents. Police said an altercation involving a group of people erupted into gunfire.

Edwin, whose hometown is listed as Brooklyn, N.Y., has been charged with felony murder, first-degree murder and second-degree murder, plus several assault and weapons counts.

Within a day of Rodriguez's death, police charged Demetrius P. McDaniels, 27, of 10522 Noland Drive, Hagerstown, with first- and second-degree murder and other counts.

Both men were being held at the Washington County Detention Center Friday night without bail on the murder charges.

Kifer said both McDaniels and Edwin shot Rodriguez.

Each defendant also is charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder. Charging documents in McDaniels' case allege that he tried to kill Russell Walker, who told police that two men with guns robbed him in the same block of East Franklin Street, before shots were fired.

Additionally, Edwin is facing charges of possession of Ecstasy, possession with intent to distribute Ecstasy and possession of drug paraphernalia. Kifer said Edwin had Ecstasy, an amphetamine-like drug, when he was caught.

When the Dodge sped out of Noland Village at about 9 p.m. on Thursday, it turned left on Sherman Avenue and onto a curb, police said.

With officers chasing the car, it turned right on Burhans Boulevard and hit two cars there and a marked police car. The fleeing car went east on Burhans Boulevard, then south on Virginia Avenue, police said.

The car stopped in the 17000 block of Virginia Avenue and a man got out and ran, police said.

Washington County Sheriff's Department Deputy Joshua McCauley said Thursday night that the man ran around a house and through a back yard.

"He flipped over a fence and landed on the bottom of the fence and we got on top of him at the bottom of the fence," McCauley said then.

- Staff writer Karen Hanna contributed to this story

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