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DISTRICT BRIEFING

Thursday, October 9, 2008

CRIME

POLICE SEARCHING FOR SUSPECT IN FATAL BEATING OF MD. MAN

D.C. police said they are searching for an 18-year-old suspect in the Sept. 7 fatal beating of Tony R. Hunter, 37, of Clinton, who was walking with a friend to a popular gay bar in Northwest Washington when they were attacked.

Robert Hannah is charged with manslaughter in an arrest warrant, police said. His last known address was in the 1100 block of McCollough Court NW.

Hunter, who suffered a head injury, was robbed during the attack at Eighth and N streets NW.

Police initially said they were considering the possibility that the assault was motivated by anti-gay bias but later said they found no evidence it was a hate crime.

After Hunter died of his injuries Sept. 17, nearly 200 people, including D.C. Council members Carol Schwartz (R-At Large) and Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), gathered at Metropolitan Community Church for a vigil honoring him.

-- Paul Duggan

Two Arrested and Charged In Unrelated Homicide Cases

D.C. police said they closed two unrelated homicide investigations with arrests yesterday.

In one case, they said, Deandre M. Taylor, 17, of Southeast Washington surrendered at police headquarters about 8:15 a.m., a day after detectives obtained an arrest warrant charging him as an adult with second-degree murder.

Police allege he shot and killed Phillip C. Jackson, 18, of Bryans Road, in Charles County, on Sept. 20. Jackson suffered a gunshot wound to the chest in the 1200 block of Savannah Place SE.

In the other case, Carlos R. Molina, 19, of Northwest Washington was charged with second-degree murder in a Sept. 27 killing in the 5900 block of 13th Street NW, police said. They said the victim, Ever N. Guevara-Zelaya, 20, of the 6000 block of 13th Street NW, was stabbed several times.

-- Paul Duggan

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