MD Man arrested in fatal accident, kidnapping posted 4 times – NBC4 Washington
A single suspect is linked to an astonishing string of offenses over the past three and a half months, one of which involved the death of a grandfather in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and another which involved the kidnapping of several hours in Suitland, Maryland.
And somehow the suspect, 22-year-old Upper Marlboro resident Lorenzo Day, managed to avoid jail time despite the long list of arrests, most of which involve dangerous accidents, police chases and stolen vehicles.
The frenzy began on March 19, when Day allegedly stole a car and led a police chase until he crashed into another driver, who suffered minor injuries, at East-West Highway and 23rd Avenue in Hyattsville, Maryland . Day was arrested and released on bail.
Then, on June 6, he was involved in a similar crime in Upper Marlboro. Authorities said Day was fleeing from police in a stolen Dodge when he collided head-on with fellow driver Jonny Morris.
Morris, 66, of Charles County, died of his injuries. Day was arrested at the scene and later released. He has yet to be charged due to what prosecutors describe as the complex legal nature of such cases.
Then, on June 16, court documents show Day led another DC police chase, in which he swept up a cruiser on 14th Street before crashing a stolen Dodge Challenger into a UPS truck. He was released on a personal recognizance.
On June 21, Day was arrested on an outstanding auto theft warrant and released pending trial.
And most recently, on June 30, Day was arrested for armed robbery and kidnapping in Suitland, Maryland. But this time he is being held without bail.
The victim of Day’s latest alleged crime is outraged that it took so long to keep the man behind bars.
The Prince George’s County Fire Department has released the results of the internal investigation into why it took so long for ambulances to respond to the crash that killed a Charles County grandfather. News4’s Jackie Bensen also learned that the suspect had been charged in another crash that injured an innocent driver months ago.
“Why do they have to see them do it two, three more times before you finally lock them up?” asked the victim.
Day and David Zanders were arrested by Prince George’s County police for allegedly kidnapping a locksmith at gunpoint in Suitland after asking him to make a key for their red Dodge Charger. The vehicle was later found stolen.
After hours of going to ATMs, forcing the locksmith to withdraw cash and threatening his life, police say the couple led them on a chase down Piscataway Road to Clinton, Va. , where they crashed with the victim still in the car.
“Lock up people who commit crimes, and you know they’ve committed those crimes, because it will lead to more crimes if you keep giving them exits,” the locksmith said.
In a statement to News4, Jessica Hudson, daughter of Jonny Morris, also expressed her disappointment.
“This man has multiple charges against him, but he has been released multiple times for committing other crimes,” she said. “My father lost his life due to a malfunctioning system.”
So – why did it take so long to get this man off the streets?
Day’s only previous arrests have been for non-violent crimes, like auto theft, where a low bail is usually set by the court commissioner. Second, the complex legal nature of the driving manslaughter case means that charging less serious crimes could destroy the murder case.
Another reason why the alleged perpetrator of the crime series was not arrested sooner could be that one of the cases took place in another jurisdiction, the district.
News4 has learned that the state’s attorney filed a motion to revoke Day’s bail at one point, but he was on the streets until he was arrested for the kidnapping of the locksmith, who said that he was grateful to be alive after the ordeal.