A suspect in a brutal killing in Southeast Washington who police said was on the run through three states for more than two months was charged with with second-degree murder on Friday and arraigned in D.C. Superior Court.
Lamonte Hill, 20, who has no fixed address, had been captured Aug. 10 by U.S. Marshals in Columbia, S.C., police said, and extradited to the District. Police said he had cut his hair short and was missing a portion of his left pinky finger.
He is charged with the June 11 killing Brian Dewayne Bloomfield, 26, of Southeast, outside an apartment complex in the 3400 block of 13th Place, SE. A D.C. Superior Court judge ordered Hill detained until a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 13.
Police said they found Bloomfield about 7:15 p.m., bleeding profusely and unconscious in the back of the complex near a door. Detectives said in court documents they found a single shell casing and a bottle of Grey Goose vodka next to where he fell. He died at a hospital.
Charging documents filed in court on Friday don’t offer a motive, but say Bloomfield was attacked by up to five men, one armed with knife, another holding the vodka bottle, after he walked out of the apartment building.
Police said in the court papers that one man repeatedly stabbed Bloomfield in the chest and thigh, while others punched him. During the scuffle, police said, the victim was able to grab a small caliber handgun that was on a railing, but one of the attackers took it away from him. Police said one of the men who had been punching Bloomfield then shot him in the chest.
The D.C. Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death to be both from the stab wounds and the gunshot, police said.
Detectives said in court papers that they quickly identified a suspect based on surveillance video that showed people before and after the attack. The video did not capture the shooting or stabbing.
Police said the suspect’s girlfriend said that he wanted to talk to police, but instead he fled, and for weeks eluded capture in D.C., Maryland, Virginia and South Carolina. U.S. Marshals arrested him on Aug. 30.
This Post has been updated.