Arrests made in 3 separate D.C. homicides

By Martin Weil and Nathan Rott
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, September 25, 2010

Three men were arrested Friday in connection with the unrelated District killings of a 21-year-old Columbia heights woman, a 37-year-old Fairfax County man and a 22- year-old Waldorf man, D.C. police said.

The victim from Columbia Heights, Ashley McRae, was an employee of a clothing store in Georgetown who was studying accounting at DeVry University, her mother said earlier this week. "Everybody loved her," Deborah McRae said of her daughter.

Police said Ashley McRae was found about 3:30 a.m. last Saturday in a vehicle in the 2700 block of Bruce Place SE. Police said Damon Antonio Sams, 22, of Southeast Washington was arrested and charged with second-degree murder while armed in McRae's death.

The Fairfax victim was found shortly after 4 a.m. Sept. 13 in the 3500 block of Croffutt Place SE, police said. He was identified as Min Soo Kang, 37, of Dunn Loring. They said Marlon Williams, 31, of Southeast Washington was arrested on a warrant and charged with first-degree felony murder while armed in that death.

The victim from Waldorf was found about 11:30 p.m. Aug. 30 in the 4400 block of F Street SE. Police went to the scene in response to a report of gunshots. The victim was identified as Antonio Valdez Vela, 22.

Police said DeAngelo Jose Garner, 24, of District Heights was arrested on a warrant and charged with first-degree murder while armed in Vela's death. The arrest was made by members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force.

No information was immediately available about the circumstances of the three incidents.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said she commended the detectives involved "for their tireless efforts."

She said she hoped the arrests "will bring some comfort" to the victims' families.

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