Tuesday, May 30, 2017

After drug deal at Silver Spring Days Inn goes bad, two arrested for homicide

Ruben Ortiz
Two alleged drug dealers who offered to sell Sulaiman Jalloh of Bowie pot at the Silver Spring Metro station Saturday night are now in police custody, charged with killing him Sunday morning at the Days Inn in downtown Silver Spring. Ruben Ortiz, 20, of the 2000 block of Erie Street in Adelphi, and Shanee Collette Cox, 19, of the 2200 block of Georgian Woods Place in Wheaton, have each been charged with 1st degree murder and armed robbery. Both were arrested around 10:00 PM on Sunday at Ortiz's residence.
Shanee Collette Cox
Detectives say they were told by the two suspects that, upon arriving at the Days Inn to sell Jalloh the marijuana at 11:00 PM Saturday, Jalloh allegedly proceeded to rob Ortiz of cash and his shoes. Ortiz then returned to the hotel later with a posse, and demanded Jalloh return the cash and shoes. Jalloh complied, and the group left. Then, just prior to 2:30 AM Sunday morning, Jalloh came out of his room to the Days Inn parking lot. There, he allegedly was jumped by a group that included Ortiz and Cox, beaten, robbed and stabbed.

Jalloh staggered back to his hotel room and called 911. He was transported by ambulance to a local hospital, where he later died.

A bond review hearing for Ortiz and Cox will be held at 1:00 PM today in Rockville. Detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying other members of the hotel attack posse. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070.  Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest in this case.


  1. As soon as you saw the address you knew it was going to be over a drug deal. Those motels are shit and need to be redeveloped. In the meantime, I'm glad no one innocent was hurt.

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  3. I find thid crazy how do u only have those locked but said it was a group of them u cant base them two off wat happen early in the day this doesnt make no sense this should be heard i feel sorry for these two right here .

    1. My assumption is that the victim told detectives he saw the two among the group, but you're correct that sometimes people are wrongfully accused. Remember the recent Wheaton Plaza stabbings, where the wrong guy was arrested, charged, and eventually let go after they realized it wasn't him?