A suspect in the killing spree of homeless people in New York City and Washington, DC, was arrested early Tuesday in the nation’s capital.
The DC Police Department made the following announcement at 5:40 a.m. on Tuesday:
“ARRESTED: Early this AM, law enforcement arrested the suspect in Washington, DC. He is currently being interviewed at our Homicide Branch. Additional information will be forthcoming. Thanks to the community for all your tips.”
ARRESTED: Early this AM, law enforcement arrested the suspect in Washington, DC. He is currently being interviewed at our Homicide Branch. Additional information will be forthcoming. Thanks to the community for all your tips. pic.twitter.com/lvFu3LeMTd
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) March 15, 2022
The suspect’s arrest came hours after the DC Police Department released clear facial photos of the man they believed was tied to two murders and three attempted murders targeting homeless men in DC and New York.
After video footage caught the murder of a homeless man shot in the Soho neighborhood of New York City on Saturday, a link was made between the two cities.
An officer with the DC Police Department saw surveillance photos and realized the suspect in New York looked like the man his department was also pursuing.
Authorities believe the same handgun was used in all the shootings.
City leaders in New York and DC vowed to ensure the suspect was captured.
“We’re looking at a person who’s clearly depraved and targeting people who are vulnerable,” said DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.
The first murder victim in DC was found dead in a burning tent in the early hours of March 9. Authorities initially thought the man suffered fatal burns, but a subsequent autopsy revealed he had died of multiple stab and gunshot wounds.
On March 12, the suspect was in New York City, where a security camera in SoHo caught someone shooting a homeless man on King Street around 4:30 a.m., wounding the victim.
Shortly after the Soho incident, cameras on Lafayette Street captured the suspect kicking a homeless man in a sleeping bag before pulling out a gun and firing at point-blank range.
“He looked around. He made sure no one was there. And he intentionally took the life of an innocent person,” said Mayor Eric Adams.
On Monday, DC police chief Robert Contee III said “a ton of video and camera footage” had helped link the incidents to the same man.
“Turn yourself in. We’re coming for you. That’s the bottom line,” he said. “Our reach is far and wide, and we’re coming for you.”
Tips leading to the arrest carried $70,000 in rewards. The reward was made up of $25,000 from each city and another $20,000 from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.