The man wanted in the fatal shooting in Landover, Md., of a 3-year-old District girl may still be in the D.C. area and receiving help from family to avoid law enforcement officers, authorities said Wednesday.
On the day of Knijah Bibb’s funeral, Prince George’s County police again asked the community for help in finding Davon Wallace, 25, who has been charged with first-degree murder in the girl’s death.
It has been 10 days since Knijah died after an argument over clothes broke out at the Landover house she was visiting. A bullet that Wallace intended for someone else struck the child, authorities say.
“Today being the day that Knijah is being laid to rest, we are reminding the community that we are dedicated to this case and that we will utilize every resource of this police department to apprehend Mr. Wallace,” said Maj. Cesar Pacheco, commander of the department’s Criminal Investigation Division.
A reward of up to $25,000 is available for information leading to an arrest in the case.
“We encourage and we seek the assistance of the community at large to bring this matter to an end,” Pacheco said. “And those persons offering Mr. Wallace a place to sleep, moneys to flee, a ride to leave the area — you will be subject as appropriate to criminal charges where the elements of those crimes are met.”
Pacheco said that early in the investigation, police were speaking to an attorney for Wallace to arrange his surrender, but that arrangement fell through. Pacheco declined to elaborate.
Last week, police arrested Brian R. Campbell, 24, and charged him with murder, manslaughter and being an accessory in Knijah’s slaying. Campbell provided Wallace with a gun before the shooting and drove him out of the neighborhood after the shots were fired, police said.