Suspect in custody, search for second suspect continues as part of rape investigation
TEMPLE HILLS — One of two men wanted for a recent kidnapping and sexual assault offenses that the police have characterized as ignominious, are now in custody in Virginia.
He is identified as 25-year-old Nick Savoy of Southeast Washington.
Savoy turned himself in to police in Roanoke, Va., on Dec. 11. The Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) and the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington are still searching for the other suspect, in this case, 29-year-old Mark Blue of Northwest Washington.
Shortly after midnight on Dec. 3, Savoy and Blue abducted the victim, a 20-year-old woman who remains unnamed at this point in the investigation, after she left the Naylor Road Metro Station and was walking on Curtis Road in Temple Hills. The two later dropped her off on the 500 block of Ridge Place in Southeast Washington where she was sexually assaulted again, police said.
According to information gathered through the preliminary investigation, the victim was walking home from the metro station and was approached by the two suspects, who forced her into their car at gunpoint. They allegedly drove away with the victim, and after being violently sexually assaulted by both suspects for about 45 minutes, the woman was let out of the car near Ridge Place in Southeast Washington.
She ran to a nearby home to call police. The victim did not know the suspects, officials said, and the suspects were most likely acquaintances.
In Prince George’s County, Savoy and Blue are both charged with first and second-degree rape, armed robbery, kidnapping and several additional related charges, police said.
At least one of the assailants used the woman’s ATM card in Washington before the pair forced her out of the vehicle, police said.
Maj. Brian Reilly of PGPD said he has been in contact with Metro Transit Police to coordinate increased public safety resources in the area.
“We in the county have bumped up patrol in that area,” Reilly said, according to a Washington Post report. “We want people to feel safe walking to and from the Metro station.”
Anyone with information on Blue’s whereabouts is asked to call the Prince George’s County Sexual Assault Unit at 301-772-4908. A cash reward of up to $25,000 is available for a tip that might help police find Blue.
PGPD spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan assured that police will make a concerted effort to bring the victim to justice.
“This is a horrifying ordeal that she has been through. Horrifying. And we cannot commend her enough for coming forward and telling her story. We also couldn’t waste any time,” Donelan said in a press conference at the Metropolitan Police Headquarters in Northwest Washington.
“She’s a young woman with a long life ahead of her. So we want to do our best by her and get these guys off the street immediately. We don’t want them to hurt anyone else.”
Local teen gone missing, last seen in Prince George’s County
GREENBELT — A local 16-year-old girl is missing after last being seen in Greenbelt, police officials said.
Christal Ariel Steele was last seen Dec. 10, and officials said she resides in the 9100 block of Springhill Lane.
She has been diagnosed as bipolar, according to reports, but police have not specified what connection her diagnosis might have to the occurrence.
Investigators described the teen as a black female standing about 5-foot-3 and weighing 150 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.
Steele was last seen wearing gray sweatpants with a white sweater, and a brown scarf with black and red UGG boots, according to a recent WJLA report.
Greenbelt Police are urging anyone with information on Steele’s location to call 240-542-2137.
Fatal shooting leaves Washington, D.C. man dead, case under investigation
DISTRICT HEIGHTS — Homicide Unit detectives with Prince George’s Police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in Prince George’s County over the weekend.
The victim is Antoine Colter, 32, who officials said most recently lived on Constitution Avenue in Northwest Washington.
On Dec. 8 at 5:25 p.m., patrol officers were called to the 6800 block of Atwood Street in District Heights in response to a shooting report, according to PGPD. Upon arrival on the scene, officers found Colter suffering from upper-body gunshot wounds inside of an apartment. He was pronounced dead shortly after that.
The preliminary investigation revealed this was not a random shooting, police said. Officials have not identified a shooter, whether he or she has been taken into custody or a motive. Detectives are still gathering information related to the case.
County man accused of shoplifting dies after fatal shooting
SEAT PLEASANT— A Prince George’s County man who reportedly shoplifted from a small department store was shot and killed after physically assaulting an armed store employee, police said.
The fatal shooting occurred on Dec. 5 inside of Discount Mart at 401 Eastern Ave. in Seat Pleasant, only steps away from Northeast Washington. At around 2:18 pm, Seat Pleasant and Prince George’s County Police were called to the store for the report of a shooting.
When officers arrived, they discovered Joseph Dance, 49, of 67th Avenue in Riverdale, suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
Emergency personnel transported Dance, who police say was not armed, to the University of Maryland-Prince George’s Hospital Center where life-saving efforts failed, and doctors pronounced him dead.
“This scene is very complex. There were many witnesses inside the store. (There are) many types of statements we need to gather,” Seat Pleasant Police Chief Devan Martin said shortly following the incident.
“We’re going to work hand in hand with the Prince George’s County Homicide Unit, as we always do – who are our partners – and get to the bottom of this and bring answers to our community as soon as we have them.”
PGPD detectives determined that Dance had shoplifted a couple of items from the store when he was confronted by a store employee who is a licensed special police officer with a permit to carry a handgun.
The employee, still unidentified, was in plain clothes with his badge displayed and his weapon was visibly holstered on his hip, said police.
“After the employee stopped Dance to investigate, Dance began to punch repeatedly and assault the employee, at which time, for reasons that remain under investigation, the employee discharged his firearm one time striking Dance,” PGPD said in a statement from Dec. 10.
The entire incident was captured on store surveillance video, and the investigation is ongoing. According to police, the employee has not been charged at this point in the investigation.
In this investigation, PGPD detectives are working closely with the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office. The case, once completed, will be presented to a grand jury for review.
Anyone with information relevant to this investigation is asked to call detectives at 301-772-4925.