A Northwest Washington man was charged with homicide yesterday in the stabbing death last September of a Howard University Hospital nurse whose 12-year-old daughter was later found screaming in the trunk of the woman's car, D.C. police said.
Homicide detectives said the suspect, Anthony W. Beasley, 25, of 1311 Sixth St. NW, was also charged yesterday with homicide in the Aug. 3 beating death of his 5-month-old son. The child, Antonio Devore, died of multiple injuries about six weeks after his mother took him to a hospital, police said.
The nurse, Shirley Person, 27, and her daughter were accosted by a knife-wielding man shortly after midnight Sept. 18 in the parking lot of their apartment building in the 1300 block of Seventh Street NW, police said.
The man forced Person to drive her car to 22nd Street and T Place SE, where he beat her with the butt of a pistol, stabbed her repeatedly and left her in a field, police said. The attacker apparently then drove the car back to the woman's neighborhood, where he abandoned it.
Passersby heard the child's screams from the trunk a short time later and notified police. Person's body was found about 1 1/2 hours later
Beasley, who worked as a salesman on commission, was arrested in the 2300 block of Calvert Street NW by Joe D'Angelillio , a special agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and D.C. homicide Detective David Forbes on a federal warrant alleging possession of a dangerous weapon after commission of a felony, police said. He was charged in the homicides after questioning on the gun matter, police said.
The federal gun charge stemmed from an incident last November, when Beasley was arrested in front of his home during an argument with a woman. He was arraigned on the charges, police said, but escaped from U.S. marshals as he was being transported to the D.C. jail. He has been sought since.
At the request of prosecutors, U.S. Magistrate Jean Dwyer dropped the federal charge late yesterday. Beasley is being held at the central cell block of the police department pending arraignment in Superior Court on the two homicide charges.