SNOW HILL – A new suspect charged in the shooting death of a Pocomoke man in broad daylight in May remains at large this week and is considered armed and “extremely dangerous.”
The Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office yesterday morning announced a suspect, identified as Skylor Dupree Harmon, 21, of Pocomoke, has been formally charged with first-degree murder and other related charges in the shooting death of Reginald Handy in Pocomoke on May 26. Harmon remains at large and is currently believed to be in the area and is considered armed and likely dangerous.
“There have been a number of reports of Skylor Harmon traveling between the south end of Worcester County and Somerset County,” Deputy State’s Attorney Michael Farlow said at a press conference in Snow Hill yesterday morning. “Under our system of justice, Harmon is innocent until proven guilty. He is, however, known to carry a firearm and is considered extremely dangerous.”
Handy died as a result of a single gunshot wound in Pocomoke on May 26 andhis death was ruled a homicide. According to witness reports, an unknown man approached the Laurel Street area and exchanged words with Handy. The verbal altercation turned deadly when the still unknown suspect fired shots at Handy, striking him in the back, while firing additional shots at another man, identified as Torrance Davis, who was not injured.
Worcester County Bureau of Investigation (WCBI) detectives arrived on the scene and started to piece together evidence and witness testimony. Initially, another man, Alexander Crippen, 36, of Fort Washington, Md., was identified as the suspect in the shooting death of Handy and the attempted murder of Davis.
In November, however, the forensic evidence excluded Crippen as the suspect in the shooting death of Handy and the first-degree murder charges against him were dropped. However, Crippen was tried on attempted first-degree murder and other charges for the attempt on Davis and was found guilty on all of the remaining charges last week in Circuit Court. He awaits his fate pending the outcome of a pre-sentence investigation.
With Crippen being cleared of first-degree murder charges in the shooting of Handy, investigators focused their attention on Harmon. Based on forensic evidence received in November, the state’s attorney’s office started building a case against Harmon for Handy’s murder and he was formally charged this week. Farlow could not divulge much about the nature of the evidence, but sounded confident Harmon fired the fatal shot.
“This is an ongoing investigation, and I can’t go into too much detail,” he said yesterday. “Let’s just say the forensic evidence was very helpful in determining who the shooter was.”
Farlow said video cameras positioned in the area of the incident were helpful in determining Harmon’s connection to the shooting and his continued presence in the area.
“Pocomoke has a series of cameras mounted on telephone polls and we’ve been able to positively identify the suspect from them,” he said.
Allied county law enforcement agencies including WCBI, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, the Maryland State Police, including the MSP Homicide Unit and the MSP State Apprehension Team, and the Pocomoke City Police Department are all actively seeking Harmon. Anyone with information on the suspect’s whereabouts is urged to contact WCBI at 410-352-3476, the MSP Berlin barrack at 410-641-3101, or the Sheriff’s Office at 410-632-1111.