Homicide Suspect Arrested

(Edgewood, Md) — Harford County Sheriff’s detectives investigating the December 8th shooting death of an Edgewood cab driver have arrested Wayne Lavon Bond, 17, who lists no fixed address, and have charged him as an adult with first degree murder in the death of Derald Howard Guess, 37, of the 600 Block Yorkshire Drive, Edgewood.

Guess, a United Sedan Taxi driver, was shot and killed at approximately 12:30am on December 8th as he was picking up a fare on Harford Square Drive in Edgewood. Police were called to the 1500 block of Harford Square Drive at 12:42am after residents in the area heard a car crash and reported it to 911. Deputies arriving on the scene discovered the crash but found the victim had suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

In the days following the shooting police began receiving tips and information from concerned citizens. Detectives began interviewing these citizens and learned of Bond’s involvement. As a result of this information investigators learned that Bond fled to a home in the Windsor Valley community immediately after the shooting. During the evening hours of December 10th, a search and seizure warrant was executed on a home in Windsor Valley at 1739 Dearwood Court, Edgewood. Police recovered clothing consistent with information given by a witness the night of the shooting. While searching the perimeter of the home police recovered a firearm consistent with what witnesses described was used during the murder. While executing the search warrant Bond became disorderly and was arrested for disorderly conduct by uniformed deputies. At approximately 3:00am on December 11th, detectives charged Bond with first-degree murder. He is incarcerated in the Harford County Detention Center without bail.

There is still no clear motive as to why Guess was killed. Detectives are continuing to ask for the public’s help and encourage anyone with information to call the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at 410-836-5428. All information is kept strictly confidential.

Press Release

December 14, 2004