Suspect in 2009 Montgomery County homicide arrested

Question of the Day

Is it still considered bad form to talk politics during a social gathering?

View results

A man suspected in a deadly 2009 shooting in Silver Spring has been arrested by police in Pennsylvania, Montgomery County police said Thursday.

Vincent Lloyd Minto, 39, of Landover was wanted in connection with an Aug. 30, 2009, shootout that killed 63-year-old Clarence Rankine outside his home.

Police in Reading, Penn., arrested Mr. Minto on Sept. 4 during an unrelated incident after they discovered he had an open warrant in Montgomery County for first-degree murder.

According to Montgomery County police, Rankine was killed after being shot multiple times in a shootout in the 900 block of University Boulevard East. That night, Rankine had hosted a gathering at his house. During the gathering, he got into an argument with a group of men and the argument escalated, resulting in a shootout in which at least 12 shots were fired.

Two others were injured during the shootout, including Winston Dillon, 39, of Hyattsville, who was later arrested and charged with first-degree murder, police said. Subsequently, Lonzell Smith, 38, of New Carrollton was arrested on the same charges.

Charges against both men were dropped in November 2009, according to Maryland court records, leaving Mr. Minto as the sole suspect in the case. Police declined to comment on why the charges were dropped.

Mr. Minto is awaiting an extradition hearing in Reading, Penn. after which he will be brought back to Montgomery County, police said.

© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
TWT Video Picks
You Might Also Like
  • The District of Columbia has decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

    D.C. police quietly prepping for change in law on marijuana

  • D.C. Council member and mayoral candidate David Catania, at large independent, said that although he had some concerns with the city's fiscal 2015 budget, namely the 'yoga tax,' he said issues could be addressed in next year's budget discussions. (Associated Press)

    Council overrides mayor’s veto of fiscal 2015 budget

  • 3 killed, 4 wounded Sunday in three D.C. shootings

  • D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser, one of seven Democrats trying to unseat the incumbent District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray in next week's primary, campaigns on Capitol Hill neighborhood in Washington, Thursday, March 27, 2014. Loyalists are rallying around the mayor, and few are writing him off. But his troubles have provided an opening for one of his challengers, and D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser appears to be taking advantage. Two polls released a week before the primary showed Bowser in a statistical tie with Gray.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Crime hits close to home for D.C. mayoral candidate

  • Gray

    D.C. Council to vote on Gray’s budget veto