MURDER USA No honor among thieves or drug dealers; Rueben Ortiz robbed by Sulaiman Jalloh who was then robbed and murdered in retaliation
– and to think they could have finished high school and learned a trade
SILVER SPRING, MD. — Two people have been charged with the murder of a man at the Days Inn in Silver Spring in a case that police say was a drug deal that went south in a hurry. There is little difference between the cutthroat pirates of the colonial era and the drug dealers of the twenty-first century.
Detectives with the Montgomery County Police Department, Major Crimes Division continue to investigate a homicide that occurred in Silver Spring on Sunday, May 28.
Police say that investigators are confirming the identity of the victim as Sulaiman Jalloh, 24 years old, of the 10700 block of Begonia Lane in Bowie. Detectives are also identifying two suspects who have been charged.
Ruben Ortiz, 20, of 2011 Erie Street in Adelphi and Shanee Collette Cox, 19 years old, of the 2200 block of Georgian Woods Place in Wheaton have each been charged with 1st-degree murder and armed robbery, relating to the homicide and robbery of Jalloh. They were arrested at approximately 10:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Erie Street address. After the arrest, both Ortiz and Cox spoke with investigators.
The investigation revealed that Jalloh, with a small group of friends, had been approached by Ortiz and Cox on Saturday, May 27 at the Silver Spring Metro station. Ortiz and Cox offered to sell Jalloh marijuana and they agreed to meet in front of the Days Inn for the transaction.
There he was assaulted by a group of subjects including Ortiz and Cox; Jalloh was beaten, stabbed, and robbed.
The two groups met just after 11:00 p.m., but instead of purchasing marijuana from Ortiz and Cox, Jalloh’s group robbed Ortiz of cash and his shoes. Later, Ortiz and a small group of subjects went to Jalloh’s Days Inn room and demanded that the shoes and cash were taken in the robbery be returned. Cash and shoes were returned to Ortiz and the group left. Just before 2:30 a.m., Jalloh left his room and walked to the parking lot. There he was assaulted by a group of subjects including Ortiz and Cox; Jalloh was beaten, stabbed, and robbed. After the assault, he went back to his room where police and Fire and Rescue personnel were called. Jalloh was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Ruben Ortiz and Shanee Cox are being held in the Montgomery County Detention Center without bond. A preliminary hearing is set for Ortiz on June 23, 2017, in Rockville District Court.
Major Crimes Division detectives continue work toward identifying additional suspects in this case. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest in this case.
Ruben has a court hearing on June 30, 2017, for the purpose of being held accountable for violating his probation.
States Attorney John McCarthy dropped sixteen counts of Rogue and Vagabond plus eight counts of malicious property destruction against Ruben Ortiz in a plea deal
On March 10, 2016, Montgomery County States Attorney John McCarthy dropped sixteen counts of Rogue and Vagabond plus eight counts of malicious property destruction against Ruben Ortiz in a plea deal. Ruben entered a guilty plea in the deal and found himself with a sentence of eighteen months in jail with twelve months of the sentence suspended. Restitution in the amount of $1,168.20 was ordered to be pay by Ruben in the plea deal. The sole guilty plea on one count came as a result of thirty-seven counts originally charged in Montgomery County District Court. Included among the dropped charges was one for attempting to bribe a public official.
One of the two alleged killers, Ortiz, who was a victim of his victim, started with gunplay at the age of sixteen. On Sept. 15, 2013, charges of possession of a firearm, handgun on his person and reckless endangerment were filed in District Court in Rockville. However, in the Montgomery County Judicial system, which isn’t too judgmental about teens toting guns and being charged with reckless endangerment, the charges evaporated in Circuit Court with the last appearance in court records being when the charges were forwarded to the higher court on Nov. 6, 2013.
Shanee Collette Cox, of 14120 Pear Tree Lane in Silver Spring, now sports charges of murder and armed robbery that she can post on her Facebook page to impress her friends.
The Montgomery County Office of Child Support filed a complaint on her behalf against Ruben Ortiz on Sept. 15, 2016, for the purpose of establishing paternity and child support. On April 24, 2017, the case was dismissed for lack of prosecution.