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MPD Officer Charged With Felony Murder

Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Police announced arrests in the homicide of Arvell Stewart Alston.

The Metropolitan Police Department has announced that an MPD officer is facing Felony Murder charges in connection with a homicide.

At approximately 5:30 pm on Tuesday, December 15, 2009, members from the Homicide Branch arrested 40-year-old Reginald Jones. Mr. Jones was arrested when he reported for duty and is charged in the December 1, 2009 homicide of Arvell Stewart Alston.

“Officer Jones and his actions are a disgrace to the uniform proudly worn by the men and women of the Metropolitan Police Department who put their lives on the line every day," said Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier. “This crime is a betrayal of the community’s trust and is an insult to the fine men and women of this Department.”

In addition to Officer Jones, police have arrested two other suspects in connection with the homicide. On Friday, December 11, 2009, at approximately 11:50 am, police arrested 27-year-old Rashun Montea Parker charging him with Felony Murder One While Armed. On Tuesday, police made an additional arrest of Arvel Crawford. All will face charges of Felony Murder. 

On Tuesday, December 1, 2009, shortly before 9 pm, units from the Seventh District responded to the 4300 block of 4th Street, SE, to investigate the report of a shooting. Upon their arrival, officers located 40-year-old Arvell Stewart Alston of Temple Hills, Maryland, lying in the street suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Personnel from DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported Mr. Alston to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:05 pm.

A second victim, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds was located and transported to an area hospital in stable condition. The identity of this victim is being withheld because they are considered a witness in this case.

The preliminary investigation into this case revealed that this homicide may have occurred as a result of an armed carjacking. 

Mr. Jones is a six year-member of the Metropolitan Police Department who is currently detailed to the Narcotics and Special Investigations Division. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday, December 16, 2009.

“We will not allow this department to be judged by one bad apple, rather we should be judged on how we handle that bad apple. In this case, that was with a swift arrest and certain justice to come,“ said Police Chief Lanier.