Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier today announced arrests in two unrelated homicides that occurred in November 2007 and August 2008. Arrests in both homicides were made on Wednesday, December 30, 2009. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
“The detectives and officers who worked these cases are to be commended for closing these homicides,” said Mayor Fenty. “Their hard work, and Chief Lanier’s leadership, is making our city’s streets safer.”
Chief Lanier said, “What is significant about these cases is that it used to be common for homicides east of the river to go unsolved. We want our community to know that no matter where you are, we are committed to closing homicides. Our message to criminals is clear, if you commit a homicide in this city, we will find you and arrest you.”
On Wednesday, December 30, 2009, members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force picked up 23-year-old Antoine David Mundell pursuant to an arrest warrant charging him with Felony Murder One While Armed in connection with the home invasion homicide shooting of 34-year-old Lonelle Roger Thomas, which occurred on November 12, 2007 in the 900 block of Whaler Place,SE.
Mr. Mundell, who was already in custody on an unrelated charge, was transported from Raybrook Federal Correctional Institute in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>New YorkState to the Homicide Branch for processing.
Also on Wednesday, an arrest was made in the murder of Jason Antonio Harris, which occurred in August of 2008. At approximately 2:12 pm yesterday, members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested 29-year-old Kendall Andre Chandler of Southeast, DC. Mr. Chandler was arrested, without incident, and then was transported to the Homicide Branch for processing. He has been charged with Murder II While Armed in connection with the death of Mr. Harris.
Shortly before 11 pm on Saturday, August 23, 2008, officers assigned to the Seventh District responded to the 1300 block of Morris Road, SE to investigate the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, they discovered 23-year-old Jason Antonio Harris of Temple Hills, Maryland in the rear of an apartment building suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was later pronounced dead.
MPD is reminding residents that it 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 unsolved homicide committed in the District of Columbia.
Anyone who has information about a crime may call police at (202) 727-9099 or 1-888-919-CRIM[E] (1-888-919-2746). Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.
MPD is also working with Crime Solvers. Through the DC Crime Solver’s program, individuals who provide information that leads to an arrest and indictment in a robbery or other serious crime may receive a reward of up to $1,000 by calling 1-866-411-TIPS.