The Associated Press
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - A Capitol Heights teenager faces 139 criminal counts from a monthlong crime spree in August and September. Preying on immigrants, the teenager allegedly committed two murders, a sexual assault and nine armed robberies - a string prosecutors called a "one-kid-crime wave."
Anthony James Cole, 17, was indicted this week for charges stemming from 12 incidents between Aug. 15 and Sept. 12. Cole had originally been arrested for a single robbery, but was later connected to the other crimes.
"The suspect in this case is alleged to have preyed on some of the most vulnerable members of our society, new Americans, new Prince Georgians," said State's Attorney Glenn Ivey in a statement.
Detectives from the Prince George's and Riverdale police departments were able to get Cole to confess after presenting him with circumstantial evidence, including shell casings and a victim's debit card found in his room, according to prosecutors.
Most of the crimes took place in Riverdale, Landover Hills, Langley Park and Bladensburg. The crime victims were Latino, Indian and African immigrants. Cole had once lived in northern Prince George's and was familiar with those neighborhoods, police said.
He was first arrested Sept. 12 on a warrant for a robbery for which he was not indicted. Police believe that early that morning, he robbed a Latino couple at their home, sexually assaulted the woman and shot her boyfriend in the arm.
The shell casing from that shooting matched casings from a Sept. 9 murder in Riverdale and a Sept. 5 killing in Bladensburg, according to police.
During the Sept. 9 incident, Ricardo Jimenez Santa-Maria was killed when he tried to intervene in an armed robbery in a parking lot. On Sept. 5, an armed man shot one of four people during a robbery in Hyattsville.
Cole, who turns 18, next week, will be tried as an adult. He is being held without bond and could be sentenced to multiple life terms in prison if convicted of the crimes.