Prince George’s police arrest man in District Heights slaying

December 30, 2013

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.

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.”

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Lynh Bui is a Prince George's County public safety reporter and former Montgomery County education reporter.
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