Ahmir Bailey and Eugene Riley were arrested the day after the shooting of a Smyrna man
Dogged detective work has led to the arrest of two men in connection with a Dover homicide.
Dover Police Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said officers have arrested Eugene Riley, 18, of Milford and Ahmir Bailey, 19, of Lincoln.
The pair were taken into custody during May 14 traffic stop, one day after the shooting.
The case began at around 2:04 a.m. Sunday, May 13 as police were called to the first block of Mitscher Road to investigate a report of shots having been fired. They found no victim or suspects but did recover shell casings, Hoffman said.
At about the same time a man, identified as 20-year-old Jameir Vann-Robinson of Smyrna was brought to Bayhealth Hospital Kent Campus; Vann-Robinson died shortly afterward from a gunshot wound to the back.
During the investigation, detectives learned Vann-Robinson and a friend were leaving a home on Mitscher Road following a house party. As they made their way to their car, Vann-Robinson got into an argument with Riley and Bailey.
One of them fired several shots at Vann-Robinson, hitting him at least once in the back.
Police also learned both men had arrived at the party in a silver Chevrolet Cobalt, the same vehicle they were in when arrested.
Additional research showed Riley and Bailey had been in Dick’s Sporting Goods May 11, looking at ammunition. Surveillance footage showed they had shoplifted several boxes of handgun ammunition from the store, Hoffman said.
After Bailey and Riley were taken into custody, detectives searched a home on Cubbage Pond Road, Lincoln, where they found a loaded .40 caliber handgun, a box of 9mm ammunition and a loaded 9mm magazine.
It was later discovered the handgun was reported stolen in a May 10 burglary currently under investigation by the Delaware State Police.
Bailey and Riley are charged with first-degree murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, two counts of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, first-degree conspiracy, first-degree reckless endangering, possession of a stolen firearm, shoplifting under $1,500 and third-degree conspiracy.
Both have been committed to the Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, in default of a $530,500 cash bond.