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Rakeem Solomon in Custody in Shooting of Disabled Vet



    News4 Report Helps Lead to Arrest in Carjacking

    News4 Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins explains how a viewer who saw a News4 report helped lead police to the man suspected of carjacking a Vietnam War veteran with disabilities in Bladensburg, Maryland. (Published Thursday, March 26, 2015)

    U.S. marshals took into custody Thursday a suspect accused of robbing, carjacking and shooting a disabled Vietnam War veteran.

    The veteran brings wholesale goods to the area from New York and re-sells them so he can buy Christmas presents for his 13 grandchildren. He was attacked Nov. 4 in Bladensburg while meeting what he thought were two customers.

    He told police two men grabbed him and demanded his keys and money. He said he initially resisted, but decided to give all his items up when he thought of his family. He said that's when he heard one of his attackers say, "Bust him, anyway."

    That's when Rakeem "Killa" Solomon, 22, shot the vet, causing massive internal injuries, police said. The victim said he came closer to death then than he ever did in Vietnam.

    Manhunt Underway for Man Accused of Shooting Disabled Vet

    [DC] Manhunt Underway for Man Accused of Shooting Disabled Vet
    Police are on a manhunt for a suspect accused of robbing and carjacking a disabled Vietnam War veteran, then shooting him. News4's Jackie Bensen reports.
    (Published Friday, Jan. 23, 2015)

    Police found a YouTube video of Solomon in the weeks following the shooting wearing a plaid shirt and black jacket -- the same jacket he wore the night of the Nov. 4 shooting, which was caught on surveillance. He's holding a gun in the video, the same one police believe he used in the shooting.

    A tipster who saw News4's report about the attack gave police the description of Solomon's car and location: The Copper's Landing Apartments off Annapolis Road. Bladensburg Police contacted U.S. marshals for assistance, and Solomon was taken into custody without incident.