CLINTON, Md. - Prince George’s County detectives released surveillance footage and photos of a man they believe to be wanted in connection to the shooting death of a convenience store clerk, and a hotel robbery that happened shortly afterwards.
Police say around 4:50 a.m. on Saturday, officers were called to the 7-Eleven store located in the 9700 block of Brandywine Road in Clinton because of a reported shooting. It is believed the suspect tried to rob the store, and during that attempted robbery, the clerk-- 31-year-old Taiwo Oduwole of Upper Marlboro – was shot.
Investigators believe the same suspect robbed a Comfort Inn hotel in the 7900 block of Malcolm Road in Clinton soon after the shooting at the 7-Eleven. Surveillance video was released Monday, showing the suspect inside the hotel.
Police are hoping someone will recognize the distinctive black, red and silver jacket the suspect was wearing. He was also wearing a backpack, which connected to the jacket. The suspect is seen wearing the same jacket and backpack in surveillance video from both the convenience store and the hotel. It's difficult, however, to make out the suspect's features because of what he was wearing. Anyone who knows someone who has this jacket and backpack or has seen someone wearing it recently is asked to call police.
Captain Riley also said police believe there is a second person who was involved these crimes, who acted as a getaway driver.
The reward in the case was increased on Monday from $25,000 to $50,000, with the additional amount being offered by the FBI.
Family members told FOX 5 that Oduwole had only moved to the U.S. from Africa a few months ago. He was living with friends in Upper Marlboro. Despite being in the area such a short time, it was clear Oduwole made an impact on his customers.
“I’m just thankful that I knew who he was, and that God has given me the gift that he would come across my path,” said Phyllis Boone, a customer who knew Oduwole from the store. “Because he was such a genuine, kind person.”
Boone said she was devastated Oduwole was so senselessly killed. She described how he would tell kids who came into the store and would take items that he would pay for them himself before letting them walk out of the store. Another customer told FOX 5 Oduwole had been working on his master's degree, and was earning money at the 7-Eleven to help pay for his education.
“He was very intelligent,” said Kashanique Dunkley, another customer. “He was working on his master’s degree. He said that he was just working here to help him pay for his education. I’m lost for words. I can’t believe this happened to him.”
Anyone with information on this suspect is urged to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s homicide unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online.