- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 23, 2002

Three suspects have been charged with first-degree murder in a fatal armed robbery last month at a Bladensburg convenience store.

Two teen-agers are being held without bond at the Prince George's County jail in Upper Marlboro, and a man is awaiting extradition from Washington state, Prince George's County police Acting Deputy Chief Alonzo Joy announced at a news conference yesterday afternoon outside the 7-Market at 5439 Annapolis Road.

"I can't hate them, but I hate their crime," said Steve Pak, brother-in-law of Sherry Kang, 43, sister of the store's owner and a former employee who was shot to death early in the afternoon of April 26.

Police received a call shortly after 1 p.m. that day about two employees and one customer at the 7-Market who had been shot during an armed robbery.

Miss Kang was fatally wounded. The customer was treated and released that day. The other employee was seriously wounded but survived.

The first arrest in the case came less than two weeks later.

Shortly after 10 p.m. May 2, police responded to an armed carjacking in the 3900 block of 70th Avenue in Landover Hills. Police started chasing the stolen car, and the driver jumped out.

Ikemefuna Chukwurah, 19, who has no fixed address, was wounded after officers returned his fire, police said. He was apprehended and charged with the carjacking, police said.

A gun found in the vehicle Mr. Chukwurah was driving matched the type used in the armed robbery, said Maj. Gary Corso, commander of the criminal investigation division.

Mr. Chukwurah was still in custody May 9 when he was charged with Miss Kang's slaying, police said. He provided information that led to the arrest that day of Dettrict Harold Douglas Jr., 16, of Landover Hills, who will be tried as an adult, police officials said.

Lawrence Edward Jackson, 25, who has no fixed address, was arrested in Tacoma, Wash., where he was charged with first-degree murder, police said.

Maj. Corso said all three "made statements in regard to their participation" in the killing, but he stopped short of saying they confessed.

"We believe this case has been closed with these three arrests," Maj. Corso said at the news conference, adding that Mr. Jackson fled Maryland for the West Coast in an effort to avoid apprehension.

Charges in addition to first-degree murder are expected as the Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office screens the case and presents it to a grand jury.

Bladensburg Mayor David Harrington, who spoke at the news conference, said he was concerned about how young the suspects are.

"Ten years ago, what were they thinking?" he asked. "We have to be serious about the business of raising our children."

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