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Victim's Credit Card Used After Homicide in the 3800 Block of Gramercy Street, NW

Thursday, January 12, 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.  At 9:18 pm, on Friday, January 6, 2006, Mr. Rosenbaum's credit card was used at an area gas station.  The card was used twice more that same night. On Saturday, January 7, 2006, his card was used three times and declined when a subject attempted to use it a fourth time that same day.  The exact locations of some of the credit card transactions are being withheld to avoid jeopardizing the ongoing investigation.


However, surveillance tapes were obtained from two locations that captured a person of interest allegedly using Mr. Rosenbaum's credit card.  Those locations are a CVS store, located at 2646 Naylor Road, SE, where the card was used at 10:39 pm, on Friday, January 6, 2006, and the Advance Auto Parts store, located at 6250 Kenilworth Avenue in Riverdale, Maryland, on Saturday, January 7, 2006, at 11:01 am. The card was declined at the auto parts store.


Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact police at (202) 727-9099. The department is currently offering 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.


Update, 1/13/06