3 DC-area murders that happened on same day possibly linked to credit card scam gone wrong
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
Three murders that happened on the same day in the D.C. area in December are believed to be connected to a credit card scam gone wrong.
According to charging documents, all six of the people involved in the case – the three victims and the three suspects charged with murder – knew each other and most were involved in a credit card fraud scheme. Police believe that may have led to attempts to rob each other and ultimately murder.
Ronzay Green, Armani Coles and Kerrice Lewis were all killed within an 8-hour period on Dec. 28 across D.C. and Prince George’s County.
Green, 23, was found shot at the 7-Eleven in the 900 block of Eastern Avenue, NE in D.C. after police responded to a call around 11:20 a.m. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Coles, 27, of Northwest D.C., was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in the roadway of I-295 in Capitol Heights near the D.C.-Maryland border after police responded to the call around 6:20 p.m. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Lewis, 23, of Hyattsville, Maryland, was found with multiple gunshot wounds in the trunk of a burning car in the 800 block of Adrian Street, SE after police responded to a call around 7:20 p.m. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
A different suspect has been arrested in each of the three murders.
Twenty-three-year-old Dennis Whitaker was arrested on Jan. 1 in Green’s death, 20-year-old Malique Lewis on Jan. 16 in Coles’ death and 23-year-old Ashton Briscoe on Saturday in Kerrice Lewis’ death. Whitaker, Malique Lewis and Briscoe have all been charged with first-degree murder.
According to authorities, police were able to identify that five of the six people involved in the case – three of the suspects and two of the victims – were all together within 30 minutes of the evening homicides of Coles and Kerrice Lewis.
In a black car recovered by police that had been ridden by one of the victims, a McDonald’s receipt found inside led them to check surveillance video at that McDonald’s where they saw one of the suspects ordering at the window.
Police said they also have looked at cell phone data in the cases to ultimately help lead to the arrests.
During Briscoe’s initial court appearance Monday, prosecutors also said that Kerrice Lewis was shot 15 times in the trunk of her own car, a Lexus, before it was set on fire. It had previously been only known that she was found shot.
Briscoe has been denied bail.