A 29-year-old Northwest Washington man was charged yesterday in the death of a restaurant manager who was shot and robbed in full view of lunch-hour crowds Monday as he attempted to make a bank deposit in downtown Bethesda.
The victim, Richard G. Edwards, 32, of Derwood, Md., who suffered a gunshot wound in the abdomen, died at Suburban Hospital Wednesday. Police said Edwards was surprised by a man with a pistol at about 1:20 p.m. Monday as he started across Wisconsin Avenue with a canvas bag full of the Sunday receipts of Bish Thompson's seafood restaurant. The man fired a single shot at point-blank range and then ran off with the money toward a waiting car. As Edwards sank to the street, police reported, he drew a resolver and fired several shots at his assailant.
The suspect, identified as Jackie Lee Hughes, of 521 Quackenbos St. NW, was arrested by D.C. police at about 6:30 p.m. yesterday at Veterans Hospital in Washington. Montgomery County police, who issued the murder warrant, said Hughes had admitted himself to the hospital with gunshot wounds a short time after Monday's robbery. He was being held under guard at D.C. General Hospital pending extradition.