MURDER USA Maryland State Police charged Zamere Purnell with the brutal stabbing murder of Pierre Louis
The alleged killer Zamere Dashawn Purnell was out on bail for another burglary
when he is charged with home invasion, burglary and murder of Pierre Vadner Louis
UPDATE (SALISBURY, MD) – Maryland State Police arrested a Salisbury, Md. man in connection with a homicide on March 17, 2018, in Wicomico County.
The suspect, identified as Zamere Dashawn Purnell, 18, of 509 Liberty Street, Salisbury, Md., was charged by Maryland State Police Detective H. Kennard on March 19, 2018, with first and second-degree murder, home invasion and robbery.
Purnell is also charged with multiple counts of burglary and attempted burglary in connection with other cases not related to the homicide. He was arrested Monday and taken to the Wicomico County Detention Center, where he is being held without bond.
The victim is identified as Pierre Louis, 67, of Salisbury. EMS personnel pronounced Louis deceased at the scene. His body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy. The Medical Examiner determined the manner of death to be a homicide, and the cause of death to be injuries sustained from stab wounds.
Shortly before 11 a.m. on March 17, the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit was contacted by the Salisbury City Police Department to investigate the apparent murder of Louis. Louis was found unresponsive inside a residence in the 500 block of Priscilla Street in Salisbury.
The preliminary investigation reveals a friend of Louis’ went to the home on Priscilla Street to check on Louis after he did not show up for church earlier on Saturday. The friend called 911 after finding Louis unresponsive inside the home.
Investigators from the Homicide Unit arrived to take the lead in the investigation. Through their investigation, detectives identified Purnell as a suspect. It is believed that robbery was the motive in this case. A preliminary hearing is set for April 19, 2018, in Wicomico District Court.
A charge of child abuse in the second-degree involving a member of Purnell’s household was filed on Feb. 14, 2018, by Salisbury Police Officer J. Hicks and dropped by the Wicomico States Attorney on March 15, 2018.
The Wicomico County States Attorney filed Criminal Information charges of felony second-degree burglary, felony theft and malicious property destruction on Nov. 13, 2017, for incidents alleged to have occurred on Aug. 23, 2017. A week before the alleged murder of Louis, Purnell appeared in court for a motion hearing in this case with a pre-trial conference held on March 20, 2018.
Service Information for Pierre Louis: Sunday, April 1st, 2018 11:00 am
EARLIER NEWS STORY ON MURDER OF PIERRE LOUIS
SALISBURY, MD. – The Maryland State police reported on March 17, 2018, that they are investigating a homicide in Salisbury, Md.
Police said that the victim is Pierre Louis, 67, of Salisbury. EMS personnel pronounced Louis deceased at the scene. His body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.
Shortly before 11:00 a.m., the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit was contacted by the Salisbury City Police Department and requested to investigate the apparent murder of Pierre Louis. Louis was found unresponsive inside a residence in the 500 block of Priscilla Street in Salisbury.
The preliminary investigation reveals a friend of Louis’ went to the home on Priscilla Street to check on Louis after he did not show up for Church earlier that day. He called 9-1-1 after finding Louis unresponsive inside the home.
Investigators from the Homicide Unit arrived to take the lead in the investigation. Upon their arrival, Louis was found deceased inside the residence with obvious signs of trauma. His cause and manner of death are pending autopsy results.
Investigators urge anyone with information relevant to this case to contact the State Police Salisbury Barrack at 410-749-3101. Callers may remain confidential.
PIZZA DRIVER ROBBED OF PIE AT GUNPOINT BY BLACK BANDIT
SALISBURY, MD. – Salisbury Police are still looking for the masked gunman, dressed all in black, who robbed a working man of his delivery pizza pie after placing a phony and phoned-in order.
Police say that on March 1, 2018, Salisbury police officers and detectives began looking for the black male suspect wanted for the robbery of a pizza delivery driver.
Salisbury Police Officers responded to the 100 block of Union Avenue in response to the call for help.
Police say that the driver was delivering an order placed with the Pizza Hut located at 1217 Mt. Herman Road, Salisbury.
The 58-year-old male victim arrived within the 100 block of Union Avenue, exited his vehicle and made contact with the suspect who displayed a black handgun, pointed it at the victim and demanded the food and cash from the victim. The victim was able to re-enter his vehicle and contact the police. The victim was not injured during this confrontation.
As detectives continue this investigation, the Salisbury Police Department encourages anyone with information to contact the Salisbury Police Department Criminal Investigation Division (410) 548-3113 or Crime Solvers (410) 548-1776.
Suspect: Black male, approximately 18-22, 5-06, 150 pounds, thin build, dark skin, wearing a black jacket with a hood, black hat, and a black face mask.