ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County Police arrested and charged a third suspect on Feb. 11 in relation to the late-January double homicide in White Oak.
Police arrested 20-year-old Andy K. Panton, of an unconfirmed address, on the strength of an arrest warrant on Feb. 11 and charged him with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 24-year-old Christian Deon Roberts of Silver Spring and 23-year-old Jordan Alexander Radway of Laurel.
Panton was the second suspect to receive a pair of first-degree murder charges in the case, after police arrested 18-year-old Dontaye Jamahl Hunt, of Silver Spring, Jan. 30.
Police arrested Noah Foster Barnett, also 18 and a Silver Spring resident, on the strength of an arrest warrant on Jan. 31 and charged him with conspiracy to distribute marijuana.
The three suspects are being held without bond.
Police received a call about a car crash in two multiple parked vehicles Jan. 28, but when they arrived at the scene of the crash, they discovered two men dead in the car, and that they had been suffering from gunshot wounds.
Medical examiners determined that both died of multiple gunshot wounds.
The two victims had graduated from Paint Branch High School in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Both played on the school basketball team.
The Panthers’ athletic department wrote a message of support in a tweet Jan. 29.
“Paint Branch sends our thoughts and prayers to the families, friends and PB classmates of Christian Roberts ‘12 and Jordan Radway ‘13 who both passed away last night,” according to the Jan. 29 tweet. “Stellar student-athletes and amazing men that were wonderful role models!”
Panthers’ head football coach Michael Nesmith said he knew both victims well. He had coached Roberts in junior varsity football before Roberts started focusing on basketball. Radway took Nesmith’s daughter to homecoming her sophomore year. Both spent time with his daughter’s other friends at Nesmith’s home.
“I want to emphasize that these were two great human beings who were lost, regardless of circumstances… That they were college grads and good people,” Nesmith said of Radway and Roberts.
He described the two deaths as “sad” and “shocking for everyone.”
Although current students are too young to have known the two Paint Branch alums, dozens of former classmates and friends posted on social media that they were sad about theIR deaths.
According to the arrest warrants, Barnett contacted Radway on Jan. 28 to arrange a marijuana deal between Radway and Hunt. The arrangement was set to take place in the 11500 Block of Stewart Lane in White Oak.
At 8:27 p.m., police say Hunt met with Radway and Roberts. Witnesses described hearing gunshots minutes later and seeing a vehicle quickly driving from the scene. The “911” call was made shortly after.
The MCP investigation is ongoing. Police are asking anyone with information about the double homicide to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. Callers may give anonymous tips by calling Crime Solvers of Montgomery County, toll free, at 1-866-411-tips (8477). Crime Solvers will reward up to $10,000 in cash for information, provided that leads to an arrest in the case.