A man and a woman have been charged with attempted murder after police said they shot an Edgewood man in the head during a botched carjacking earlier this month, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down.
Malaika Kimani Cook, 21, of the 1300 block of Jervis Square in Belcamp, and Philip Anthony Mack, 26, of the 1800 block of Waltman Road in Edgewood are charged with one count each of attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, attempted armed carjacking, armed robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, first- and second-degree assault, and attempted theft of under $100.
Mack and Cook are being held without bond at the Harford County Detention Center, according to Harford County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Monica Worrell.
On April 9 at approximately 9:20 p.m., deputies responded to the 1900 block of Waltman Road in Edgewood, and found Quentin Van Stepney Jr., 27, lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his head. Officers found his van in a nearby wooded area against a tree, unoccupied and in reverse with the engine running.
According to charging documents, Cook told Stepney to meet her at that location. When he arrived, she entered his vehicle, remaining there while Mack and another man, Corey Dante Wilson, 25, approached the van.
Police said Mack put a handgun in Stepney’s face and attempted to carjack him and steal money. A struggle followed, during which police said Stepney was able to put the vehicle in reverse, but was shot in the head.
Investigators found that Mack, Wilson, and Cook had all been together prior to the shooting.
Stepney was transported to the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. According to charging documents for Cook, Stepney is paralyzed from the neck down due to the gunshot wound.
Malaika Kimani Cook
Philip Anthony Mack