A 55-year-old D.C. man was charged with murder Friday in the stabbing of a transgender person at a Northeast Washington bus stop last week, police said.
The victim, JaParker Jones, 23, who identified as a female and went by the names Deoni and Logan, was stabbed in the 4900 block of East Capitol Street NE shortly after 8 p.m. Feb. 2. Jones was pronounced dead in a hospital about six hours later.
Police said they have found no evidence that the assault was related to Jones’s sexual identity and that the motive for the attack is unclear.
Gary N. Montgomery of Northeast Washington was arrested Friday afternoon by members of a fugitive task force. Police said it appears that Jones and Montgomery were strangers.
At a news briefing, Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier praised two witnesses who tried to help Jones and thanked several tipsters who later gave police information that led to the arrest.
“The important thing I want to say about the closure in this case, unlike we have seen in the past, at the time the homicide took place, passersby intervened — two passersby — and attempted to assist a person they believed was being assaulted,” Lanier said.
“We had people driving down the street who did not drive by a crime in progress,” she said. “They stopped. They did what they could to help. They notified the police. And they waited for the police to come to the scene.”