COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ) — Howard County Police have charged a Columbia man in connection to a homicide and assault of a couple in an apartment in early May.
Wilson Orellana-Lemus, 22, of Tamebird Court in Columbia, Maryland, is charged with first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, first degree assault, first degree burglary, home invasion and theft.
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Howard County Police were called to an apartment in the 8800 block of Spiral Cut after family members asked for a check on the residents’ welfare on May 5, and found a woman deceased and a man significantly injured.
The victim, 36-year-old Amanda Harris, was pronounced dead at the scene.
James Webb, 42, was transported to Shock Trauma and remains in critical condition. Both victims’ injuries were a result of blunt force trauma.
Through investigation, detectives developed Orellana-Lemus as a suspect. Police believe he entered the apartment through an unsecured window and assaulted both residents with a baseball bat before stealing Harris’ jewelry and a cell phone.
It does not appear he knew either of the victims.
Orellana-Lemus was taken into custody Saturday morning and is being held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center.
This investigation is going.