LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A Maryland man was shot and killed Oct. 31, 2013 at a meetup arranged through Craigslist, and on Friday a grand jury indicted a suspect with murder, armed robbery and other charges.
Anne Arundel County police say 34-year-old Gregory Dontae Lewis, of Millersville, was taken into custody Friday morning.
The department’s investigation shows that 44-year-old Rene Filsfdelfo Leiva-Archila, of Baltimore, and the suspect planned to meet Halloween night at a parking lot in the 7400 block of Railroad Avenue in Harmans.
During the encounter, the suspect shot Leiva-Archila in the upper body in an apparent attempted robbery. A witness, who was accompanying Leiva-Archila, fled from the scene unharmed. The suspect also fled the scene.
Police responded around 7:45 p.m. Leiva-Archila was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Investigators say it appears that Lewis lured Leiva-Archila to the meetup location under the guise of a Craigslist sale ad for a car.
“This case took several months and highlights both the dedication and the patience on the part of detectives who continued to vigorously pursue every piece of evidence and information until and indictment was secured”, says Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis.
“I am extremely proud of the work these detectives did and remain grateful for our partnership with Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office who we collaborated with throughout this lengthy case.”
Detectives used evidence from the crime scene coupled with multiple forensic examinations of evidence secured from search warrants, according to police.
Anne Arundel County Police have the following safety tips for people arranging meetups online:
• Prior to meeting an online seller, get a name and telephone number
• When responding to a location to buy an online item, park in a high traffic area, preferably during daylight hours and have an adult witness accompany you
• Prior to meeting the seller, tell family and friends where you are going and the time you plan to meet
• Keep a cell phone nearby
• If it seems too good to be true from the beginning, it probably is. Trust your gut