UPDATED: Arrest Made in July 26th Anacostia River Trail Murder

Crime Blotter: August 17th

Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) announced Thursday that they had made an arrest in the July 26th shooting murder of a 37 year-old man on the Anacostia River Trail.

At about 8:30 a.m. that day, members of the Sixth District were dispatched to the listed the trail south of the 3300 block of East Capitol Street SE after reports of a shooting.

When they got there, officers found a 37 year-old Southeast man who had been shot multiple times. The victim displayed no signs of life and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was later transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The Washington Post reported that court documents filed Friday indicated that it was probably not a random shoting, and that it may in fact have been arranged by relatives.

At around 11 a.m. Thursday, August 17th, members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested a 41-year-old Northeast man on the 1700 block of Gales Street NE and charged him with First Degree Murder while Armed.

In Other News

At 10:37 a.m. Thursday, two men were arrested on the 1900 block of D Street SE on charges of Assault With a Dangerous Weapon.

At 4:00 a.m. Thursday, a car was stolen on the 1300 block of E Street SE.

At 9:30 a.m. Thursday, there was a robbery on the 800 block of 20th Street NE.

Reporting Illegal Activity

Prompt and detailed reporting of suspicious activities helps prevent crime. If a citizen sees suspicious activity, or any activity that seems out of the ordinary, immediately call 911.

When reporting suspicious activity, give an accurate description. Here are some things to include:

  • Brief description of the activity;
  • Date, time and location of the activity;
  • Physical identifiers of anyone you observed;
  • Descriptions of vehicles;
  • Information about where people involved in suspicious activities may have gone;
  • Your name and contact information.

“Be willing to report suspicious activity,” states Lieutenant Eddie G. Fowler. Call 911.