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Two men arrested for October 4 Columbia homicide

Howard County police
Posted at 3:37 PM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 15:38:00-05

COLUMBIA, Md. — Howard County police have arrested two men in the October 4 homicide of Juan Michael Ross in Columbia.

Officers were called to the 9600 block of Basket Ring Road at approximately 2:37 p.m. on October 4 for a report that a subject had been shot outside a residence. Ross, 23, of Jessup, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Through investigation, police named 18-year-old Daquante Donte Thomas, of Gwynn Oak, and 24-year-old Tyrik Michael Braxton, of Baltimore, as the two suspects and arrested them on Friday in Baltimore.

Detectives believe that Ross was targeted and that the shooting was not random. The investigation into the motive and the involvement of any other suspects is ongoing.

Thomas was charged with first- and second-degree murder and assault and Braxton was charged with first- and second-degree murder, assault, and conspiracy to commit murder. Both suspects currently are in the booking process.

Anyone with information should contact police at 410-313-STOP or HCPDcrimetips@howardcountymd.gov. Police continue to offer a reward of up to $10,000 for information.