The long-running show “America’s Most Wanted” is in Bel Air this week to profile the July murder of Derrick Maxey, and assist in the search for his suspected killer, Rakin Muhammad, who remains at large.
A crew from the show was present in town on Monday to film interviews with members of the Bel Air Police Department and others connected to the case, according to Det. Sgt. Ed Smith. He said it was unclear how long the crew would spend in the area.
Maxey, 25, was gunned down outside the American Legion Post #55 on Bond Street in Bel Air during the early morning hours of July 18. A few days later, Maxey’s suspected killer was identified as Muhammad, 20, of Parkville. But Muhammad has eluded capture in the months since the attack.
“He’s still out there,” Smith said. “He’s still a fugitive out there and we’re trying to use every tool in our toolbox to find him.”
Smith said the segment could take about a month to edit and produce, and may air later this year. A written profile of the case and Muhammad dated Oct. 25 has already been posted to the America’s Most Wanted Web site.
Muhammad had been released from jail in January after serving three years and six months for second degree assault in connection with the 2007 beating of Gregory Simmons in Edgewood. The Dagger was the first to report that Maxey was Simmons’ stepson. Smith said that investigators are aware of the connection but do not currently believe the earlier incident was a motive in the killing.
“We don’t have anything solid that says this was planned out ahead or connected [to Simmons’ beating],” Smith said. “That’s not what we’re operating under.”
Smith said investigators believe Muhammad has been lying low since the killing, with no reported sightings of him since July. He said it’s unclear whether he was still in the area or had fled to another city; the America’s Most Wanted profile notes that he has connections in Philadelphia and New York and is an affiliate or possibly an active member of the gang “World’s Most Dangerous” or “WMD.”
Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact Bel Air Police Detective Bradley Helm at 410-638-4524.