Prince George’s County ‘Car Meet’ Homicide: Second Suspect Taken Into Custody


A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting at a “car meet” in a Prince George’s County retail center on May 19.

Caimon Harrel, 21, of Woodbridge, Virginia, was arrested Thursday at his residence in Prince William County. According to Prince George’s County Police, he faces first and second-degree murder, first and second-degree attempted murder, and additional counts. Harrell is still in detention in Virginia awaiting extradition to Prince George’s County.

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Police said bullets went out in the parking lot of the Great Eastern Plaza shopping store on Marlboro Pike in District Heights early on May 19, during a car meet.

John Phipps, 26, of Waldorf, Maryland, was found shot inside a vehicle and pronounced dead, according to authorities. A second individual was struck by gunfire, although his injuries were not life-threatening. According to police, a woman was also hospitalized for non-gunshot-related injuries that were not life-threatening.

Phipps worked as a tow truck driver in the neighborhood, and according to his relatives, he enjoyed vehicles.

On May 22, the first suspect, 22-year-old Raheem Adams, was apprehended at his Virginia home, and a Prince George’s County police spokesperson told WTOP that Adams is still in Virginia awaiting extradition to Maryland.

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The incident occurred less than two weeks before new state legislation goes into effect, increasing fines for some infractions linked with “street meetups.”

“These auto meets are a major worry for law enforcement in our region and across the country. “When the department receives specific, credible intelligence, it plans accordingly and allocates resources to either prevent or disperse the gathering,” Prince George’s County Police Chief Malik Aziz stated in a news release following the shooting. “As is evident in this case, these gatherings can turn violent.”

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