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Police Close Gramercy Street, NW, Homicide - UPDATE: Second Suspect Arrested

Friday, January 13, 2006

At approximately 9:20 pm, on Friday, January 6, 2006, 63-year-old David Rosenbaum, of the 3800 block of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 /?>Harrison Street, NW, was found suffering from injuries in the 3800 block of Gramercy Street, NW.  He was taken to the HowardUniversityHospital and pronounced dead at 7:10 pm on Sunday, January 8, 2006. On Tuesday, January 10, 2006, the DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death to be blunt force impact trauma to the head, torso and extremities, and the manner of death a homicide.

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The ongoing investigation by members of the Metropolitan Police Department's Violent Crimes Branch indicates that Mr. Rosenbaum was the apparent victim of a robbery and that his credit cards were stolen. Surveillance tapes obtained from two locations where the credit cards were subsequently used captured a person of interest allegedly using Mr. Rosenbaum's credit card. These images were distributed widely in the media and the community.


At about 6 pm on Thursday, January 12, 2006, Metropolitan Police apprehended a suspect in the Rosenbaum murder case.  Reportedly, the suspect was placed under arrest after he entered the Seventh District station house, located at 2455 Alabama Avenue, SE, to ascertain why his picture was on the television news.  He was then transported to the Violent Crimes Branch.  As the result of a subsequent investigation, the suspect was charged in connection with the murder of David Rosenbaum.


The suspect has been identified as 23-year-old Michael Cleveland Hamlin, of the 2400 block of Alabama Avenue, SE.  Hamlin has been charged with Felony Murder.  He was arraigned on Friday in DC Superior Court.


Update, 1/13/2006 (9 pm):


On the evening of Friday, January 13, 2006, a second suspect in this case was charged with Felony Murder after being questioned at the Violent Crimes Branch headquarters, which is located at 3244 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. The suspect is identified as 42-year-old Percey Jordan Jr., of no fixed address.


At about 2 pm on Friday, Jordan walked into the Seventh District station house, located at 2455 Alabama Avenue, SE, and asked to speak to the police.  After Violent Crimes detectives interviewed the suspect and conducted a subsequent investigation, Jordan was charged. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Saturday, January 14, in DC Superior Court.