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Police Press Release - August 14, 2020

Alkein Alphonzo Coates
Alkein Alphonzo Coates

Criminal Investigation Division

Major Crimes Section

Homicide (Arrest Update) / Glen Burnie


On Saturday, February 22, 2020 at approximately 4:39 p.m., the Anne Arundel County Police and Fire Departments responded to the 200 block of Poplar Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival officers located two shooting victims. One victim, identified as Richard Clarence Ramsay III, a twenty-four year old male from the 200 block of Poplar Avenue, was pronounced deceased at the scene. A second twenty-six year old male victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries. 


Homicide detectives responded to the area with their Evidence Collection Unit to process the crime scene. Several items of evidentiary value were collected for further forensic testing. Multiple witnesses were located during area canvasses and interviewed in regards to the shooting. Preliminary evidence indicates this was a targeted incident and not a random act of violence. An autopsy revealed Richard Ramsay’s cause of death was a gunshot wound with the manner being homicide.

UPDATE (August 14, 2020):


Over the following months homicide detectives have scoured through witness interviews, digital evidence and executed numerous search warrants. In doing so a suspect was developed and identified as Alkein Alphozo Coates, a twenty-two year old male from the 5600 block of Furnace Avenue, Elkridge, Maryland. Evidence identified Alkein Coates as being involved in an illicit drug transaction at the Poplar Avenue address. He went to the address with two other individuals. Upon entering the garage, Alkein Coates and another male suspect announced a robbery. A handgun was displayed at that time and was fired killing Richard Ramsay and injuring the adult male. Alkein Coates and the other male suspect then fled the scene.


On Thursday, August 13, 2020, Alkein Coates was charged with the following crimes related to this incident: First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder, Manslaughter, three counts of Armed Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery, Attempted First Degree Murder, Attempted Second Degree Murder, First Degree Assault, Second Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment, and Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana. Alkein Coates was located at the Anne Arundel County Ordnance Road Detection Center where he was incarcerated on an unrelated incident and taken into custody without incident.


The Anne Arundel County Police are actively seeking the second suspect involved in the murder of Richard Ramsay and the shooting of the adult male victim. This is a very active investigation where the Anne Arundel County Police are urging anyone with information to come forward by calling the Anne Arundel County Homicide Unit at 410-222-4731. If people with information wish to remain anonymous they can also contact the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line 410-222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP or Download P3Tips APP and Submit Your TIP or submit by web at


Alkein Alphonzo Coates

DOB: 02/05/1998

Last Known Address: 5600 block of Furnace Avenue, Elkridge, Maryland


  • Murder-First Degree
  • Murder-Second Degree
  • Manslaughter
  • Armed Robbery (3 Cts)
  • Con-Armed Robbery
  • Att. 1st Deg. Murder
  • Att. 2nd Deg. Murder
  • Assault-First Degree
  • Assault-Sec Degree
  • Reckless Endangerment
  • Con-CDS Distribute - Other
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