A rideshare passenger gunned down an Uber driver and another passenger in Oxon Hill, Maryland, Tuesday night and told police he was high on PCP at the time of the shooting, authorities say.
Beaudouin Tchakounte, 46, and 32-year-old Casey Xavier Robinson were found dead in a car on Indian Head Highway near Bald Eagle Road about 9:45 p.m., Prince George's County police said. Tchakounte was the Uber driver and Robinson was a passenger.
“I picked up the phone and it was the sheriff, so I knew that something bad happened,” said Carole Tchatchoua, Tchakounte's wife.
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Detectives quickly learned through information from Uber and other clues that Tchakounte picked up Robinson and later picked up a second passenger, 42-year-old Aaron Lanier Wilson Jr., at a separate location.
Wilson was arrested about 6 a.m. at his home in the 10000 block of Indian Head Highway. A judge ruled Thursday he remain in custody, saying to call him a danger would be an understatement.
Police said Wilson confessed that he was picked up and he was inside the vehicle. He also told detectives he was high on PCP, police said.
"He does not know the other passenger or the driver, and during that ride something went wrong, and he also tells us that he was high on PCP,” Prince George's County police Capt. Filepe Ordono said.
In court Thursday, the state's attorney questioned whether the suspect was high on PCP, but they said they have evidence placing Wilson in the vehicle.
Wilson is charged with first- and second-degree murder. He is due back in court in September.
“I'm trying to process it,” Tchatchoua said. “I cannot.”
During a news conference Wednesday, a spokesperson for police said Tchakounte was the father of four children.
"He had such a good relationship with his kids," his wife said.
“We are devastated by this news and our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of Beaudouin Tchakounte and Casey Robinson. We will continue to work with law enforcement on their investigation into this heinous crime,” a spokesperson for Uber said to News4 through email.
Wilson works at a restaurant in Prince George's County and is a father.
Police are still asking that anyone who may have passed by the area during the shooting or who saw something to to contact Prince George's County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.