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D.C. police arrest second suspect in 10-year-old girl’s murder

August 28, 2018

Metropolitan Police announced Monday the arrest of a second suspect in a shooting last month that left a 10-year-old girl dead, adding that officers are still looking for three other suspects.

Quentin Michals, 21, of Southeast, turned himself in to police at 5 a.m. Monday, and was charged with first-degree murder while armed.

The police department had issued a warrant for his arrest Saturday, warning that Mr. Michals was considered to be armed and dangerous.

He is the second suspect to be arrested and charged in the July 16 shooting at the Clay Terrace Apartments in Northeast in which Makiyah Wilson, 10, was killed.

Qujuan Thomas, 20, of Southeast, was arrested Saturday and charged with first-degree murder while armed.

Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham and Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Mr. Thomas’ arrest in a Saturday press conference.

“This murder was devastating,” Miss Bowser said. “This was a beautiful 10-year-old child.”

Chief Newsham said at least four men in a stolen Infiniti sedan rode into the 300 block of 53rd Street NE around 8 p.m. July 16. The masked men stepped out of the car and began firing guns in multiple directions before jumping back in and driving off, he said.

Makiyah, who had recently celebrated her 10th birthday, was killed, and four adults were wounded, the police chief said without offering a motive for the shooting.

Police have said that dozens of shots were fired and that a dispute between two neighborhoods might have sparked the mayhem.

The shooters “came out in this community without regard to human life and opened fire,” assistant police Chief Chanel Dickerson said soon after the shooting.

Several days after the shooting, the stolen sedan was recovered in Oxon Hill. Kevin Eugene Jones, 21, has been arrested and charged with carjacking in the theft of the car in Prince George’s County, but he has not been charged in Makiyah’s death.

Shock and outrage over Makiyah’s slaying have rippled among city residents, some of whom have accused the police department and the mayor’s office of responding too slowly to the crime. More than 1,000 people including Chief Newsham attended Makiyah’s July 25 funeral at Holy Christian House of Praise in Northeast.

According to Metropolitan Police Department statistics, homicides have increased by 39 percent this year over last year. There have been 103 homicides this year, but there were 74 homicides at this same point in 2017. A total of 116 homicides occurred last year, down from 135 homicides in 2016. In 2008, there were 186 homicides, the highest number in a decade.

The Metropolitan Police Department is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the shooting. The FBI Washington Field Office also is offering a $20,000 reward for the same information.

Anyone with information about other suspects is encouraged to text “TIP LINE” to the anonymous police messaging number, 50411, or call the police tip line at 202-727-9099 or the Washington FBI Field Office tip line at 202-278-2000.

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