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Police: 50,000 vehicle records help capture murder suspect

July 19, 2019

FAIRMOUNT HEIGHTS, Md. (AP) — Detectives in Maryland say thousands of vehicle records helped track down the suspect in a transgender woman’s murder.

News outlets report 33-year-old Gerardo Thomas was arrested Wednesday. He’s accused in the June 13 shooting death of 23-year-old Zoe Spears in Fairmount Heights.

Prince George’s County Homicide Cmdr. Brian Reilly says the only evidence detectives had was a grainy, black-and-white photo of a Dodge Caravan caught on surveillance video near the crime scene. Reilly says detectives narrowed 50,000 vehicle records down to one van spotted in the area two hours before the shooting.

Reilly says Spears witnessed the shooting death of another transgender woman, Ashanti Carmon , in the same area in March. Police don’t believe the crimes are linked.

Court records don’t show an attorney who could comment on Thomas’s behalf.

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