Four Homicide Cases Are Closed With Five Arrests, Police Say

By Allison Klein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, May 5, 2006

Prince George's police said they have closed four homicides this week and charged five suspects with first-degree murder.

On Wednesday, Larry Martin Ellis Jr., 23, of Clinton was arrested in the killing of Patricia Caniglia, who was shot inside her Fort Washington home April 19. Police allege that Ellis and another suspect, Cindi R. Rush, drove the gunman to the house and dropped him off. Rush, 20, of Baltimore, was arrested Monday.

The gunman, Jeffrey M. Gilbert of Landover, entered the house and fatally shot Patricia Caniglia, 59, police said. Gilbert was then shot to death by her son Antonio Caniglia, 24, police said. Antonio Caniglia has not been charged.

Police said they closed another case Wednesday when Sean Matthew Hill, 24, of Clinton was arrested and charged with murder in the slaying of Hermann Haiss, 73, who was killed during a robbery in his Forest Heights home in November.

Several other suspects had been charged in the case.

Also Wednesday, police said, they closed an arson case when they arrested Daniel Carlisle Murray, 20, a University of Maryland junior. He is charged with killing fellow student Michael Scrocca, 22, in a fire set April 30, 2005.

Police said the fourth case was closed Monday, when Ricardo Cornelius Merritt, 22, of the Temple Hills area was arrested and charged in the 2003 killing of Calhoun Saunders, 88.

Saunders was fatally beaten in his home in the Temple Hills area during a robbery. Two other suspects had been charged in the case.

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