Uber passenger high on PCP, pleads guilty for killing driver and rider in 2019

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Aaron Wilson (top photo) will serve 50 years of an 80-year sentence after killing Casey Robinson (bottom left) and Beaudovin Tchakounte (bottom right) on August 27, 2019 in an Uber shared ride after smoking PCP. (Screengrabs)

By Micha Green
AFRO D.C. and Digital Content Editor
mgreen@afro.com

A ride-sharing nightmare is now seeing some semblance of justice, after Aaron Wilson pled guilty to murdering fellow passenger Casey Robinson, 32 and Uber driver Beaudovin Tchakounte, 46 in Oxon Hill, Maryland on August 27, 2019.  On April 30, Wilson entered a guilty a plea to two charges of second-degree murder after he killed Robinson and Tchakounte while high on PCP, then fled the scene and walked home.  He was sentenced to 80 years of prison, with 30 years suspended, and five years of supervised probation.

Back in August 2019, after finishing his shift at Henry’s Soul Food Cafe, Wilson smoked some PCP and called an Uber shared car.  Tchakounte picked Wilson up with Robinson in the car and the shooting was suspected to have occurred soon after.

At 9:46 p.m. Prince George’s County police responded to a reported shooting on Indian Head Highway near the I-495 ramp, where they found the gunshot wounded bodies of Robinson and Tchakounte. The two men were pronounced dead ten minutes later.

Witnesses told police they saw a man fleeing the scene into the woods.  Police immediately began the investigation and were quickly able to trace the last ride to Wilson, which Uber corroborated. Wilson’s phone number led authorities to his mother’s house in Fort Washington, where he was found sleeping.

He then told police that he had no recollection of what happened, as he was high on PCP, but said that “he messed up and everything happened so fast,” according to a 2019 {WTOP} article.

Phenylcyclohexyl (piperidine),  better known as PCP, or boat in the D.M.V. area, is a mind-altering substance that can cause hallucinations and extreme distortions of reality.  According to Drugs.com, two of the wide array of possible side effects from PCP include: “acute anxiety and a feeling of impending doom, paranoia, violent hostility, a psychoses indistinguishable from schizophrenia,” and “auditory hallucinations, image distortion, severe mood disorders and amnesia.”  These side effects support Wilson’s claims of why he did not recall all the ins and outs of the tragic incident resulting in the fatalities of two men.

“I want the family of the victims in this case to know that while there is no consolation for their tremendous suffering and loss, I hope that today’s outcome provides some level of peace knowing that the man responsible for this tragedy will not be able harm anyone else and is being held accountable for his heinous crimes,” State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy said in a statement after Wilson’s sentencing.