Police arrest teen in killing of new home salesman at model home in Hanover
A teenager has been arrested and charged with murder Friday in the death of a new home salesman found dead in a model home in Anne Arundel County.
Dillon Nicholas Augustyniak, 18, of Jessup, Maryland, has been charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery, theft $1,500 to under $25,000 and firearm use in a felony crime of violence.
Police said Augustyniak was taken into custody without incident in Baltimore around 12:52 a.m. after securing a warrant for his arrest.
According to police, Augustyniak fatally shot 33-year-old Steven Wilson, a new home salesman for Ryan Homes, while he was working Wednesday afternoon in the model home in Hanover, Maryland. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Wilson was a married father of two daughters.
Police said the investigation has determined that robbery was the motive behind the killing. In charging documents obtained by the Associated Press, police allege Augustyniak stole Wilson's phone and laptop and investigators believe he tried to sell the gun he used in the killing.
Augustyniak was identified as the suspect in the murder after homicide detectives interviewed witnesses and examined recovered evidence.
Wilson’s family released a statement Friday following Augustyniak’s arrest.
“Police notified us early this morning that a suspect has been taken into custody. We are incredibly grateful for the efforts of investigators who have tireless worked non-stop to find the person who killed Steven Wilson. The outpouring of support from friends and total strangers has been incredible. Hundreds of folks who knew Steve have offered comfort and solace during this difficult time.
“A GoFundMe memorial fundraiser has been started to raise funds to pay for education expenses for Steve’s two young children.”
Despite the arrest, police said the investigation remains “very active and fluid.” Homicide detectives are asking anyone with information to come forward by calling the Anne Arundel County Homicide Unit at (410) 222-4731.
If anyone with information wishes to remain anonymous, they can also contact the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line (410) 222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers.
To visit the GoFundMe page provided by Wilson’s family for his daughters, click here.