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March 6, 2017
Homicide: 200 Block of Rhode Island Avenue, Northeast
(Washington, DC) – Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred in the 200 block of Rhode Island Avenue, Northeast on Thursday, March 2, 2017.
At approximately 4:00 pm, Metro Transit Police were flagged for the report of an assault. Upon arrival, members located an adult male unresponsive with head injuries. DC Fire and EMS transported the victim to an area hospital with life threatening injuries.
On Friday, March 3, 2017, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. On Saturday, March 4, 2017, the DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and determined that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. The manner of death was ruled a homicide.
The decedent has been identified as 41-year-old Desmond Joseph, of Northeast, DC.
On Thursday, March 2, 2017, a 36-year-old male, of Upper Marlboro, MD, was placed under arrest and charged with Aggravated Assault. Additional charges are pending review by the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.