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Police: Wanted escapee charged with murder of Michelle Cummings, mother of Naval Academy freshman

Annapolis Police Chief Edward Jackson announces arrest in Michelle Cummings murder
Michelle Jordan Cummings
Posted at 10:25 AM, Jul 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-15 14:57:09-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Annapolis Police say they've made an arrest in the June 29 murder of a Texas mother who was in town dropping her son off at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Angelo Harrod, 29, is accused of killing 57-year-old Michelle Jordan Cummings as she sat on an outdoor patio at the Graduate Hotel.

Later the same day following the shooting, Police Chief Edward Jackson said Harrod was detained by his department on an unrelated arrest warrant.

He apparently escaped home detention by cutting off an ankle monitoring device for another crime committed in Anne Arundel County back in May.

After reviewing video surveillance footage and other evidence from the crime scene, detectives concluded Harrod also shot Cummings.

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Investigators don't believe Cummings was the intended target. They think Harrod fired the shots from one street over at two people sitting inside a car behind the hotel.

For that he faces two additional counts of attempted murder, although police haven't revealed a motive.

“We promised to do everything we could to arrest the person responsible for the tragic death of Ms. Cummings. That promise was kept today. I know that the arrest will not bring the family’s beloved wife and mother back, but I hope that it provides some sense of justice,” said Jackson.

Angelo Harrod
Angelo Harrod

Prior to Wednesday's news, a $57,000 cash reward had been offered for information leading to an arrest in the case. Jackson says investigators did receive some helpful tips, and that the reward money would be dispersed between those who provided assistance.

A judge on Thursday ordered Harrod to be held without bail.