Three suspects arrested in fatal shooting

Marvin Rutledge

North Charleston Police have arrested three men accused of shooting a man Tuesday and then rifling through his pockets as he lay dying in front of his five-year-old daughter.

Anthony Brown, 17, Marquise Summers, 18, and Marvin Rutledge, 19, are all charged with murder and armed robbery in the death of Orlando Benitez. At the time of the shooting, Summers was on "high supervision" probation for a November 2008 robbery conviction, authorities said.

Police Chief Jon Zumalt announced the arrests today while surrounded by about a dozen officers, the mayor and two members of the community who helped officers break a language and trust barrier with members of the Hispanic community.

Zumalt said Benitez was playing soccer with his daughter at his home inside the Hawthorne City Mobile Home Park when three men jumped him. Benitez resisted. As he fell to the ground, Zumalt said, Benitez was shot in the back with a .40-caliber handgun.

"As he lay dying on the ground the suspects went through his pockets, took his wallet — all of this happened in front of his child."

Zumalt said all three suspects lived in the mobile home park but were arrested at various locations late Wednesday.

Police found Summers at a home on Upjohn Street. Rutledge surrendered peacefully after police contacted him at home. Zumalt said Brown's family turned him in. He struggled with officers when they tried to apprehend him at a house on Gary Street.

Zumalt and Mayor Keith Summey attributed the arrests to officers working long hours and community cooperation.

"I don't know what we have to do," Summey said. "North Charleston solves crimes as quick as anybody in the country. Our solvability rate is unbelievable and yet these fools still go out and commit crimes. They need to know they are going to pay and, hopefully, these three will pay dearly."

Police referred all questions about Summers being on supervised probation to S.C. Probation and Pardon officials.

"Don't even get me started on that," Zumalt said.

Read more details in Friday's editions of The Post and Courier.