The man murdered early Sunday morning in Bel Air was the stepson of an Edgewood man attacked by a group of teenagers in 2007, one of whom is now a suspect in the killing and was recently released from jail on charges stemming from the earlier incident, according to police.
Derrick Maxey Jr., 25, of Aberdeen was shot and killed in the parking lot of the American Legion on North Bond Street in Bel Air early Sunday morning, and police on Wednesday identified Rakim Muhammad, 20, of Parkville as a suspect in his murder.
Muhammad was recently released from prison on a sentence stemming from the 2007 incident, according to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and court records, which show he served 3 years and 6 months of a 10-year sentence, including credit for time served. However, Bel Air police said they have not confirmed a motive for the killing, and are focused on apprehending Muhammad.
Muhammad was the seventh suspect arrested in late 2007 in connection with the beating and stabbing of Gregory Simmons, then 44, at his home on the 1900 block of Eloise Lane in Edgewood. Bel Air Police Chief Leo Matrangola said police confirmed that Simmons is Maxey’s stepfather shortly after Maxey’s murder. Court documents show Maxey shared that address, and another on the 400 block of Holly Drive in Aberdeen, with Simmons, who was left paralyzed following the assault.
Matrangola said investigators have focused on locating and apprehending Muhammad, who remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous, and have not yet delved fully into his connection to the Simmons case or a possible motive for Maxey’s murder.
Muhammad, then 17, was charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder, two counts of attempted second degree murder, two counts of conspiracy to commit first degree murder, two counts each of first and second degree assault, two counts of wearing and carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to injure, malicious destruction of property over $500, and associating and participating with a gang.
Muhammad pleaded guilty to a count of second degree assault, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with six years and six months suspended. He served three years, six months of the sentenced, with 281 days of “jail credit” according to court records.
A spokesperson for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said a “Rhakeem Raid Muhammad” with the same date of birth was released from the Division of Correction on Mandatory Supervision on January 21, 2010.
From the Bel Air Police Department:
The Bel Air Police Department is asking for anyone with information of the whereabouts of Rakin Muhammad, aka “Black”, age 20, of Parkville, MD, to call 911 or 410-638-4500 to report his location. Muhammad is wanted in connection with the murder of a 25-year-old Aberdeen man that occurred on Sunday, July 18, shortly after midnight at the American Legion parking lot on Bond Street in Bel Air.
Bel Air Police & Harford County Sheriff’s deputies have developed information on Muhammad and a homicide warrant is on file at the Bel Air Police Department.
Rakin Muhammad is described as a black male, approximately 5’8” tall weighing about 130lbs, with tattoos on his back and both arms and hands. He is armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Rakin Muhammad, aka “Black” who wishes to remain anonymous may report their information through the following methods listed below. Qualifying tips that lead to a conviction may be eligible for up to $ 2,000.00 in rewards.
Website/Email: Submit a tip online at http://www.harfordsheriff.org/wanted
Text message: Metro Crime Stoppers: Text “CRIMES” (274637). Begin the message “MCS,” then add the information.
Phone: Harford Crime Solvers: Call 1-888-540-8477