D.C. teen arrested in slaying called gang-related

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By Jenna Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, August 15, 2010

A 17-year-old has been arrested in the gang-related killing Wednesday of a 19-year-old in Adams Morgan, D.C. police said Saturday.

Robert Givens of Northwest Washington was arrested Friday and charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the shooting of Sean Robinson near 17th and Euclid streets, police said.

Robinson, of the 1600 block of Euclid Street NW, was found unconscious in the 2500 block of Mozart Place, not far from his home, and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The arrest was announced at a Saturday afternoon news conference held by Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier, D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), who represents the area. Lanier said the shooting was part of "ongoing criminal gang violence" between two groups in Adams Morgan.

At the time of his death, Robinson was under the supervision of the District's Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles said Saturday.

Lanier would not identify the rival groups or say how they operate, saying she did not want to give them publicity or disclose details of the investigation. She said the homicide unit worked round-the-clock to close the case before there was more violence.

Graham said that gang activity near 17th and Euclid has been an issue for years but that the situation has improved, thanks to police and community efforts and a police surveillance camera.

Officials also announced an arrest in an unrelated homicide, in the 1100 block of 10th Street NW. Police charged Marcus McLean, 24, with murdering Delando King, 34, who was found stabbed to death Monday in an apartment.

Fenty applauded the department for closing the two cases quickly. He said the department "is doing some of the greatest work in the country," which has "directly resulted in less crime in the District of Columbia."


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