Monday, October 21, 2013

Suspect Arrested in Connection with 1989 Murder in Landover

Wayne Randolph Gilgeours

The suspect in a 1989 murder in Landover is now in custody. He’s identified as 46-year-old Wayne Randolph Gilgeours.

On May 23, 1989 at about 11:15 pm, patrol officers were called to the 1100 block of Nalley Road in Landover for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, patrol officers found 22-year-old Philbert Jones suffering from a gunshot wound.  He later died of his injuries.

Through the course of the investigation, detectives quickly developed Gilgeours as the suspect.  A warrant was obtained for Gilgeours on May 31, 1989.  Gilgeours fled Maryland and has avoided capture for more than 20 years.  Detectives believe the motive in this case was drug related.

On October 16, 2013, Gilgeours was stopped by a Georgia State Trooper for a minor traffic violation.  Gilgeours provided an ID which identified him as Leonard Rhule.  After determining the ID was fraudulent, the trooper scanned Gilgeours fingerprints using a portable fingerprint scanner.  The scanner provided the trooper with Gilgeours true identity.  A records check confirmed that Gilgeours was wanted in Prince George’s County for first degree murder.  He was arrested without incident.  Gilgeours remains in custody in Georgia, awaiting extradition.

"We are pleased to close this case and provide closure for the victim's family so many years after they lost their loved one," said Captain George Nichols, Assistant Commander of the Criminal Investigation Division. "We are also grateful to Georgia State Trooper Sergeant Charles Chapeau, whose solid instincts and great police work was pivotal in this arrest."

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