Four men arrested in connection with murder at Towson Town Center

Police: victim was targeted

TOWSON, Md. - Towson, Md. - Baltimore County police say they've arrested four people for the murder outside Towson Town Center.

Investigators say one of the suspects spotted the victim, Rodney Pridgett, shopping at the mall on December 19 th.  He called the three other men, who came to the mall.

"They went to the mall looking for him," said Elise Armacost, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore County Police Department.

Investigators say 19-year-old Tyrone Brown, Jr. pulled the trigger, shooting and killing Pridget outside Nordstrom department store in December.

Three others, 31-year-old Frank Williams, 35-year-old Jermell Brandon and 44-year-old William Ward III also face first-degree murder charges.

There are hundreds of security cameras in and around the mall -- police say they were essential tools for investigators in solving the case.  Video shows the suspects walking through the mall and parking garage after the murder.

"They've had to look at this footage, evaluate it, try to put it together like the pieces of a puzzle and do the regular old fashioned detective work that it takes to cooberate evidence like this," Armacost said.

The job was more difficult back in 2005, when a teacher from the St. Paul's School, 58 year-old William Bassett, was shot and killed inside a parking garage at Towson Town Center.  At the time, police had no surveillance video to review.

They were able to arrest two men in connection with that murder.  Still, the killing led then-county councilman, and now County Executive Kevin Kamenetz to introduce a bill requiring all county shopping centers with at least 15 storefronts to install security cameras.

"I don't want to say that these cameras prevented crime or so forth but I think what they show is that they can help solve crime," Kamenetz said.

At first he said there was resistance from property owners.  Now:  "I really feel proud of our county property owners who have stepped up to the plate and didn't do just the bare minimum but they see the value in it as well," he said.

Police aren't saying why they believe Rodney Pridget was targeted.  They do say he and all of the suspects knew each other.

All four men are charged with first degree murder, and are being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

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