Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal stabbing that occurred in the 3000 block of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>30th Street, SE. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
At approximately 2:13 am on Sunday, April 11, 2010, officers from the Seventh District were called to a parking lot in the 3000 block of 30th Street, SE, to investigate the report of an unconscious female. Upon arrival, they located a female suffering from a stab wound lying on the ground. Personnel from the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department responded to the scene, but were unable to find any signs consistent with life. The victim, identified as 25-year-old Barbara Lateya Smith of no fixed address, was subsequently pronounced dead at 4:43 am by a representative from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call police at (202) 727-9099 or 1-888-919-CRIM [E] (1-888-919-2746).
The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.
Additionally, anonymous information may also be forwarded to D.C. Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS and to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. If the information provided by a caller to Crime Solvers leads to an arrest and indictment, that caller will be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.