Police arrest man in killing outside strip club

Authorities on Thursday arrested a 36-year-old man in the stabbing death of a woman early last Friday outside a strip club in Northwest Washington.

Michael Anthony Coleman, of Northeast, was charged with second-degree murder. He could make his first appearance in D.C. Superior Court on Friday.

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D.C. police said members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Coleman about 11:50 a.m. Thursday. No details about the arrest or the motive in the case were released.

Coleman is charged with killing Candance Reed, 40, of Northwest, outside the Macombo Lounge in the 5300 block of Georgia Avenue NW. Police said the incident occurred shortly after 2 a.m. during a dispute. Reed was at the bar to celebrate a friend’s birthday.

Reed’s mother, 66-year-old JoAnn Lee, who carries around her daughter’s morgue picture, said in an interview Wednesday that her youngest daughter had grown up in Ohio but came to the District when she was 17 and attended Anacostia High School. She graduated in 1992.

On Thursday, Lee was picking out a dress to bury her daughter in when the lead homicide detective call her with news of the arrest. “I just walked down the street and started praying,” Lee said. “I was praying to the Lord, I was thanking God.” She said the detective “did an excellent job.”

Lee said she did not know who the suspect was and had never heard her daughter mention his name.

 
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