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Statement from Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier Regarding Eastern Market Armed Robbery in the 700 Block of North Carolina Ave, SE

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Reports that MPD failed to try and track Mr. Maslin’s phone are inaccurate. The day Mr. Maslin was found and identified, we spoke with his wife and obtained the information necessary to track his cell phone. The phone could not be tracked because the battery was dead and the SIM Card had been removed. In addition, the detectives continued to pursue that information by subpoena to obtain additional records from the service provider.

Detectives assigned to this case have diligently pursued several leads from the morning Mr. Maslin was found. It was a combination of multiple items of evidence; i.e., video, credit card records, interviews, and the phone recovery that lead to this arrests. None of those items alone would have been sufficient for an arrest.

This case is one that is typically the most difficult to solve; no witnesses, no physical evidence on the scene, and no ability to interview the victim to gain additional information. I am thankful that we brought this case to closure.

Cathy L. Lanier
Chief of Police