Teenage Girl Charged as Adult in Assault that Led to Fatal Hit-and-Run on Georgia Avenue
Defendants face assault, murder charges relating to death of Gregory Atwood
A teenage girl is the latest to face murder charges stemming from an assault that led a seriously injured Silver Spring man to crawl onto Georgia Avenue in the middle of the night, where he was then struck by two cars and killed.
Ashley Elizabeth Bonilla, 15, was arrested Tuesday for first-degree murder, armed robbery and conspiracy, according to Montgomery County police.
Police say Bonilla, Mohammed Salous, 17, and Kenneth Kpakima, 21, all of Silver Spring, were walking in the 3300 block of Hewitt Avenue in the Aspen Hill area when they encountered Gregory Atwood, 40, around 3:15 a.m. June 8.
The three suspects stole Atwood’s backpack and assaulted him. And when Atwood fell backward into a wooded area adjacent to the intersection of Georgia and Hewitt Avenues, Salous and Kpakima followed the victim into the woods and continued to assault him, police said.
The assault was captured on video surveillance with audio, according to a police press release.
After the assault, police said the three suspects stayed nearby and watched Atwood crawl out of the woods and toward the 13500 block of Georgia Avenue.
Atwood entered the roadway and then collapsed, police said.
The suspects watched him lay motionless on the road and then watched a vehicle run over him before fleeing the area, police said.
The first officers were called to the scene around 3:50 a.m.
Kpakima is charged in Rockville District Court with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, armed robbery and conspiracy. Salous was recently indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury for charges including murder, robbery, assault and conspiracy.
Bonilla will have bond review Wednesday in Rockville District Court.
The investigation is continuing.
Collision Reconstruction Unit detectives have been seeking information from drivers of the two cars that hit Atwood, who have not yet been identified. Detectives have previously said that Atwood was struck by a light-colored Dodge Durango SUV with a flaming 8-ball sticker in the rear window and a 2011 Chrysler 200 or 2011 Dodge Avenger of unknown color.
The drivers of those vehicles did not remain on the scene. Anyone with information is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.