Pr. George’s police arrest man in District Heights slaying

Prince George’s County police have arrested a 22-year-old District Heights man in connection with a weekend slaying, a suspect police tracked down using a description the victim provided before he died at a hospital.

Police responded to a call about 9:35 p.m. Saturday in the 6700 block of District Heights Parkway, where officers found 32-year-old Lyndell Lorenzo Sowells suffering from a gunshot wound, police said. Sowells, of District Heights, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police say they think the shooting was drug-related.

More crime and safety news

Man killed in Loudoun crash

A pickup truck ran off Route 7 and overturned on Saturday, killing the driver, police said.

Woman fatally stabbed Saturday morning in Southeast

The stabbing occurred on Pomeroy Road in Southeast.

Pepper spray used by women in store theft incident

The shoplifters used pepper spray to aid their escape from a store at the White Flint Mall.

Read more

Before Sowells died, he was able to describe the man who shot him and in which direction the shooter fled, authorities said. That information led police to Omar Anthony Smith, who was found running behind nearby homes. Police also found a gun in the area.

Police arrested Smith and charged him with first-degree murder.

Sowells’s wife, Nia Albritton, said her husband was a good person who paid bills on time and was always at school events for his daughter and two stepchildren.

“He never missed a beat,” Albritton said. “He’d do anything for his family.”

Albritton said she remembered Smith knocking on the door of the family’s home recently, looking for Sowells, but she doesn’t know how the two men knew each other. Sowells’s younger brother died about two years ago, a death that hit him hard.

“He always wanted to be with his brother,” Albritton said. “The only thing keeping me living is knowing he is now with his brother.”

Get updates on your area delivered via e-mail

 
Read what others are saying