This evening at approximately 5 PM MRPD officers responded to the 3700 block of Eastern Avenue for a homicide which took place between 4:30 and 4:45. Upon arrival our officers were met by detectives from the DC Homicide Unit and were told that the homicide occurred in the District.
What we know at this point is that the victim allegedly stole the suspect's motor scooter several days ago. The two encountered each other this afternoon along Eastern Avenue and the suspect confronted the victim about the theft. During the confrontation, the suspect produced a large edged weapon and stabbed the victim several times in the upper body. The victim ran to a private residence on Monroe Street and called DC Fire/Rescue for help. He then left the residence and collapsed on the sidewalk outside. He was transported to MedStar where he was pronounced dead at 5:05 PM.
While at the scene, A/LT Stoots and CEO Nichol received credible information through an informant who is a City resident (and known to us) about the identity of the suspect. This information was relayed to the lead investigator for DC. This informant also told us that the stolen motor scooter could possibly be found at a residence in the 3700 block of 35th Street. Our officers along with numerous DC Homicide assets responded to that residence, located the motor scooter, and seized it for evidence.
MRPD officers will continue to assist DC Homicide in the investigation.