(NPR) D.C. police say they have taken a person into custody who they say may be linked to five attacks on people experiencing homelessness in D.C. and New York City over the last two weeks. Two of those attacks were fatal.
Police sources say a man was stopped and taken into custody early Tuesday morning on Pennsylvania Avenue SE and brought to the homicide branch for questioning.
The development comes less than 12 hours after elected leaders and police officials from both cities intensified the search for the man, increasing the reward for information leading to his capture to $70,000 and widely sharing images from surveillance cameras that clearly show the man’s face.
“Turn yourself in,” said D.C. Police Chief Robert J. Contee III had said during a press conference Monday evening, alongside D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, and NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell. “We’re coming for you. That’s the bottom line. Our reach is far and wide. This person has unnecessarily taken the lives of two innocent people, and that did not have to be.”