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Update:  Suspects Identified in Silver Spring Homicide


Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division – Homicide/Sex Section have identified two suspects in the homicide of Clarence Rankine. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has determined that the cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds and the manner of death to be homicide. A handgun was recovered from the crime scene.

Investigators have obtained warrants for Winston Delroy Dillon, 39 years old, of Hyattsville and Vincent Lloyd Minto, 39 years old, of Springdale. Both men face 1st degree murder charges once they are apprehended.

On Sunday, August 30, at approximately 4:59 a.m., 3rd District officers and Fire/Rescue personnel were dispatched to the 900 block of University Boulevard for a report of shots fired. When they arrived, they found 63-year-old Clarence Rankine deceased near a side entrance to his home. He had been shot multiple times.

Shortly after police arrived, they were notified of two subjects who were being treated at a nearby hospital for non-life threatening gunshot wounds. One of the subjects was Winston Dillon. The other subject is being identified only as a 43-year-old New Carrollton man.

Investigation revealed that Rankine hosted a gathering at his residence in the early morning hours of Sunday, August 30th. During the course of the morning, Rankine became involved in an argument with a group of male subjects. This group included Winston Dillon and Vincent Minto. The argument with Dillon and Minto resulted in an exchange of gunfire involving at least 12 rounds and ultimately the death of Clarence Rankine.

During the course of this investigation, detectives developed Dillon and Minto as suspects. However, prior to garnering enough probable cause to obtain charges, Dillon left the hospital against hospital procedure and without signing himself out.

Winston Delroy Dillon is described as a 39-year-old black male, 6’ 2” tall with a slim build. He has a gunshot wound to his upper right leg and may need a walker or crutches to walk. Vincent Lloyd Minto is described as a 39-year-old black male, 5’ 9” tall, weighing 175 pounds.

Police are asking anyone who has information regarding this crime or the whereabouts of the suspects to call the Major Crimes Division - Homicide/Sex Section at 240.773.5070 or the non-emergency number of 301.279.8000. Callers may remain anonymous.

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Last edited: 1/15/2007