Howard Co. police offer reward for ‘armed and dangerous’ suspect in multiple killings

Jeffrey Allen Burnham. Click to enlarge.

Police are looking for a man involved in three killings in Howard and Allegany counties in Maryland, and who they say is armed and dangerous.

Howard County police are asking for the public’s help in finding Jeffrey Allen Burnham, 46, of Cumberland. He is wanted in the shooting death of two people believed to be family members in the 5300 block of Kerger Road in Ellicott City.

Police said Burnham drove to that area after an unrelated killing in Allegany County on Wednesday night and stole the victim’s car. In Cumberland, he is wanted for the killing of 83-year-old Rebecca Reynolds, who was found in her home Wednesday night.

After a request to track the stolen vehicle — a Lincoln — police located it near Kerger Road and determined that Burnham’s family members lived in the area.



They entered a house there Thursday afternoon and found two victims: Brian Robinette, 58, Burnham’s brother, and Kelly Sue Robinette, 57, Burnham’s sister-in-law. The Robinettes lived in the house.

A Howard County police spokeswoman said that Burnham then took a vehicle — a 2007 red Corvette with a black top — that belonged to the two victims and fled. The Corvette has Maryland tags 8BX 5121.

Police are looking for a 2007 red Chevrolet Corvette. Click to enlarge.

Police said all three victims appear to have been targeted and known to the suspect.

Detectives have not determined when the victims were killed, and they don’t yet know when Burnham arrived in Ellicott City. They are investigating the possibility that Burnham may have left the area.

Burnham’s ties are in Cumberland, and law enforcement there are prepared, as well, the spokeswoman said.

He is described as a white man, 5 feet, 3 inches tall and 170 pounds with brown hair.

Police are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the Burnham. Anyone who sees him or the vehicle is urged to call 911 immediately.

WTOP’s Abigail Constantino contributed to this report. 

Anna Gawel

Anna Gawel joined WTOP in 2020 and works in both the radio and digital departments. Anna Gawel has spent much of her career as the managing editor of The Washington Diplomat, which has been the flagship publication of D.C.’s diplomatic community for over 25 years.

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