UPDATE: 4 Arrested in Towson Town Center Shooting

Baltimore County police charged a group of men with Dec. 19 murder of Rodney Vest Pridget.

UPDATE (4:45 p.m.)—Baltimore County police have charged four men in the December .

Rodney Vest Pridget, 19, was , just outside of . Police found his body lying on the exterior sidewalk outside with multiple gunshot wounds, according to a news release from the police.  

Detectives believe Tyrone Chester Brown Jr., 19, of the 3900 block of Lowndes Avenue in Baltimore gunned down Pridget.

Frank Theodore Williams, 31, of the 2900 block of Lakebrook Circle in Halethorpe, Jermell Monte Brandon, 35, of the 700 block of Belgian Avenue in Baltimore and William Ward III, 44, of the 600 block of Cator Avenue, also of Baltimore, and Brown, were all charged with first-degree murder and the use of a handgun in the commission of a felony, according to court documents. 

"One of the four suspects is in the mall, spots the victim, picks up his phone and calls his three buddies who are down off of York Road in Baltimore City. The other three drive up to the mall," said Baltimore County police spokeswoman Elise Armacost. (Continue reading below for a timeline of the events leading up to the murder.) 

Three of the suspects were arrested Wednesday. Ward was arrested Thursday.

“Our homicide detectives have been working tirelessly on this case since the night it happened,” police Chief Jim Johnson said in a news release. “The footage from the video cameras in and around the mall was critical in helping them solve this case. These arrests demonstrate the value of the legislation passed by the county several years ago requiring these cameras in shopping centers.”

"While the victim was clearly targeted, the reason for the murder has not yet been determined," according to the release.

Police were able to recreate the incidents leading up to the murder by stringing together surveillance footage from several hundred vantage points in the mall, according to charging documents obtained by Patch.

The suspects are being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

The killing was the first murder at the mall since 2005, when William Bassett, a St. Paul's School teacher and administrator, was gunned down in a garage, the victim of a botched robbery. The incident prompted a 2005 County Council bill requiring that shopping centers set up cameras covering at least 75 percent of their outdoor space.

The Timeline: 

Brandon, one of the suspects, entered the Downtown Locker Room with his cousin at 5:11 p.m. Minutes later, Brandon saw Rodney Pridget and his girlfriend enter the store. 

Brandon called Williams, who was in East Baltimore at the time, according to the charging documents. This was the first of several calls over the afternoon as Williams drove to the Towson Town Center. 

Williams was seen on camera driving and parking a burgundy-colored vehicle in the parking garage near Macy's. A passenger, referred to as "UNC" (later identified as William Ward) in the charging documents, was seen exiting the vehicle, along with Williams, and entering Macy's. 

"A phone call from Williams prompts the alleged shooter Tyrone Brown to exit the car and walk into Macy's," the charging documents state.

The suspects coordinated a meet up in the mall, at the bottom of the stairs near the food court. The three walked together toward Nordstrom where Pridget and his girlfriend were. 

Brandon and "UNC" then began following "a short distance" behind the victim and his girlfriend through Nordstrom. Brown followed a short distance behind his alleged conspirators. 

"They're not necessarily all in a group. They scatter a bit, but they're all four tracking the victim," Armacost said.

Pridget and his girlfriend were seen on camera walking out of the store toward Goucher Boulevard. 

"Just as the victim is seen walking to the left, defendant Brandon and UNC approach the exit doors. UNC turns back toward the shooter [Brown], says something to him, and points to the direction where the victim just walked," the documents state. 

At this time, Brandon waited inside Nordstrom within eyesight of the exit doors. 

Pridget's girlfriend said Brown came up behind them and shot Pridget several times. The gunmen then turned and ran back inside the mall toward Nordstrom. 

The three suspects walked the entire length of the mall before exiting. Brandon and UNC separated from Brown and left the mall together in the same vehicle. 

Tyler Waldman contributed to this report. Stay with Patch for more details.

M. Sullivan February 24, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Little late to the party aren't we, Zeigenfuse? Did they just let you out?
Rich March 02, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Glad to hear these guys were finally arrested for this committing this tragic crime.
Moses LawFlav September 02, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Instead of railing against us "racist, oppressive whites", how about projecting that anger onto those who actually deserve it? It's not whitey's fault that black men are responsible for almost all of the area violent robberies, gang affiliations, murders, etc, and as a black and educated person, you should know that it is possible to rise above one's station in life. Racism still exists because a very large subset of the black population is choosing to live in self-imposed ignorance in poverty. People come to this country from 3rd world dumps, barely able to speak English, and end up working hard, prospering, and sending their children to college. Meanwhile, the NAACP, rather than pushing their people towards education and accomplishment, file lawsuits so that blacks who are unqualified for positions and/or promotions (or fail standardized tests), are able to have the standards lowered, claiming racial/cultural bias. MEANWHILE, Abdul and Siddhartha and Yu Chen have managed to take the same tests and do even better than white kids. So, stop your whining about racial profiling and get your people to stop committing all overwhelming number of violent crimes in this area. If I see a group of young black males coming towards me, I will cross the street in a heart beat. If that makes me a racist, so be it. Whose fault is that? Black males. Not the white boogeyman, so stop trying to cast blame where it doesn't belong.
star September 06, 2012 at 02:51 PM
These Guy are not bad people they were hurting from one of there family members getting hurt you dont see what that Guy did frist if he would not started this maybe this wouldnt have not happen to him
Nikki February 23, 2013 at 05:43 AM
When I saw this on the news that was my first thought ......These old never was dudes are old enough to be his father! Take a look at what eachone is teaching one wow!!!!!!


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