suspect arrested in Germantown trail slaying


A Gaithersburg man has been arrested in the murder of a man near a Germantown trail. Anton Powell, 20, has been charged with first-degree murder. Amazingly, Powell was charged the day after the murder. Police kept this arrest under cover because they still liked another suspect.

Anton Powell (photo: nbc4.com)

A body was found by a jogger at approximately 8:30a on Friday, June 20th. The victim was identified on June 23rd as Rakeimi Jabari Hardin, Jr. Hardin, age 23, lived in the 1600 block of McMahon Road in Silver Spring.

His body was found along the Seneca Creek Greenway Trail, part of Great Seneca Stream Valley Park, located east of Frederick Rd. (Rt. 355), at the eastern end of Middlebrook Rd.

The autopsy completed by the Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore determined the cause of death was gunshot wounds and the manner of death was homicide.

Charging documents filed in Montgomery County District Court say police ‘‘found evidence of a controlled dangerous substance transaction.” Evidence shows that Hardin called Powell on the evening of the June 18th, then went to meet him.

Possibly to make a drug transaction.

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11 responses to “suspect arrested in Germantown trail slaying

  1. Rakeim Jabari Hardin SR did not call powell. his name is not Rakeimi and he was not a junior. Please get ihis name right.

  2. Rakeim Hardin was in the US Navy and not involved in any illegal activities.

  3. Its a shame what happened to him, and its sad to see an old classmate go out like that.

  4. HE WAS SPECIAL TO ME AND MY FAMILY

    RAKEIM WAS A VERY LOVING PERSON AND WOULDN’T INVOLVE HIS SELF IN NOTHING LIKE THAT HE WENT TO THE NAVY TO MAKE A BETTER LIFE FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY. AND SOME HEARTLESS PERSON JUST TOOK HIM FROM US.

  5. i will never forget, always love, and forever mourn him. he was the reason for my everlasting happiness.

  6. He was a good classmate, friend, and person. RIP man

  7. HOW COULD U GUYS B SO HEARTLESS?WHAT ABOUT HIS FAMILY N CHILDREN?WHICH 3 OF THEM U TOOK HIM FROM!U GOTTA B KID’N ME.I WILL ALWAYS LOVE U RAKEIM N U WILL ALWAYS B N MY HEART ALWAYZ N 4EVER.LUV UR STINKS.LKL×o×o

  8. Macc u will forever remain in my heart and will always be miss. May God be with ur children, family. No one wil ever replace u! Love Dena.

  9. I still hurt till this day, I miss and love you daily.

  10. TIME HAS WENT ON BYE AND SO FAST.BUT U WILL NEVER B FORGOTTEN.U WILL ALWAYS REMAIN N MY HEART.U ARE YOUR CHILDRENS GUARDIAN ANGEL AND THEY WILL ALWAYS AND FOREVER REMEMBER AND LOVE U.THATS A PROMISE.LOVE ALWAYS.UR STINKS.(LKL)

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