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Police arrest man in District’s first slaying

A 35-year-old man has been arrested and charged in the District’s first killing of the year — an afternoon stabbing of a man outside a Southeast Washington liquor store.

Burnis Cole, of Southeast, was charged with first-degree murder while armed. He had not been arraigned in D.C. Superior Court as of Thursday afternoon.

Police said members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Cole about 6:20 a.m.on Thursday. He is charged with killing Raasheem Jamal Rich, 40, of Northeast.

Rich was stabbed in the chest about 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 10, outside a liquor store in the 2800 block of Alabama Ave. Southeast. Police said the victim had scuffled with two men inside the store, and was stabbed just outside the entrance. He was pronounced dead at a hospital about 4 p.m.

Shortly after the stabbing, D.C. police said they were looking for two men wearing yellow reflective vests. Police later published surveillance video from inside the store showing two men in yellow vests, along with a third man in a blue hooded sweat shirt.

Police said on Thursday that Cole is the man in the sweat shirt. A department spokesman could not say whether the men in the vests are still being sought or have been ruled out as suspects in the case.


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