Silver Spring girl, 15, charged with murder in attack on man killed in hit-and-run

WASHINGTON — A 15-year-old Silver Spring, Maryland, girl has been charged with first-degree murder in the attack on a man who was killed in a hit-and-run as he crawled away from his assailants.

Ashley Elizabeth Bonilla, who is being charged as an adult, is also charged with armed robbery in the June attack on 40-year-old Gregory Jonathan Atwood. Bonilla is the third suspect to be charged in the attack.

Montgomery County police said Bonilla, along with 17-year-old Mohammed Salous and 21-year-old Kenneth Kpakima, both of Silver Spring, were walking along Hewitt Avenue in Aspen Hill at about 3:15 a.m. June 8 when they attacked Atwood. Police said the three suspects chased Atwood into a wooded area and continued to assault him, stealing his backpack and wallet.

Police said the three suspects then watched Atwood crawl out of the woods and into the road, where he collapsed and lay motionless before he was struck by at least two cars whose drivers left the scene.

Detectives previously charged Salous as an adult, with assault and murder in the attack. Kpakima, whose name is also spelled Kapakima, has been charged with assault and armed robbery.

The attack was captured on a surveillance camera, according to police.

Bonilla is set for a bond review hearing in Rockville District Court on Wednesday.

Authorities said they are still investigating the hit-and-runs.

Since June, a total of six pedestrians were killed after being struck by vehicles, despite Montgomery County's efforts to cut road fatalities in public safety education campaigns such as "Street Smart" and "Vision Zero." In this photo, police are investigating a June pedestrian death in Aspen Hill. (WTOP/Nick Iannelli)
Gregory Atwood, 40, was struck by at least two vehicles in Aspen Hill at Georgia Avenue and Hewitt Avenue after being attacked by three suspects. (WTOP/Nick Iannelli)
Police believe Atwood was struck by at least two vehicles after he crawled into the road. The second vehicle is  thought to be a light-colored Dodge Durango with a flaming eight-ball sticker on its rear window. (Courtesy Montgomery County police)
Police believe Atwood was struck by at least two vehicles after he crawled into the road. The second vehicle is thought to be a light-colored Dodge Durango with a flaming eight-ball sticker on its rear window. (Courtesy Montgomery County police)
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Since June, a total of six pedestrians were killed after being struck by vehicles, despite Montgomery County's efforts to cut road fatalities in public safety education campaigns such as "Street Smart" and "Vision Zero." In this photo, police are investigating a June pedestrian death in Aspen Hill. (WTOP/Nick Iannelli)
Police believe Atwood was struck by at least two vehicles after he crawled into the road. The second vehicle is  thought to be a light-colored Dodge Durango with a flaming eight-ball sticker on its rear window. (Courtesy Montgomery County police)

Police believe that one of the vehicles that struck and killed Atwood is a 2011 Chrysler 200 or a 2011 Dodge Avenger of unknown color. The second vehicle is thought to be a light-colored Dodge Durango with a flaming eight-ball sticker on its rear window.

Jack Moore

Jack Moore joined WTOP.com as a digital writer/editor in July 2016. Previous to his current role, he covered federal government management and technology as the news editor at Nextgov.com, part of Government Executive Media Group.


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