3 slay­ings in­ves­ti­gated in Prince Ge­orge’s

Po­lice say one sus­pect posed with body in photos posted on Twit­ter

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - BY RACHEL CHASON rachel.chason@wash­post.com

A man was ar­rested Satur­day in Prince Ge­orge’s County in con­nec­tion with the killing of his step­fa­ther, whose corpse he posed with in photos posted on Twit­ter, po­lice said.

The sus­pect and the vic­tim, whose names have not been re­leased, had “a long his­tory of do­mes­tic dis­putes, both phys­i­cal and ver­bal,” said Cpl. Tyler Hunter, spokesman for Prince Ge­orge’s County po­lice. He said the photos, which were dis­cov­ered by po­lice, have been re­moved from Twit­ter.

The vic­tim’s body, which showed signs of trauma, was found by Bowie City po­lice re­spond­ing to a call about a pos­si­ble homi­cide at 8 a.m. Satur­day in the 15000 block of Dalby Court, po­lice said. The vic­tim was in his 60s, ac­cord­ing to John Nesky, Bowie’s chief of po­lice.

Bowie po­lice iden­ti­fied the vic­tim’s step­son as a pos­si­ble sus­pect, and Prince Ge­orge’s County po­lice saw a sus­pect match­ing the man’s de­scrip­tion driv­ing near the in­ter­sec­tion of Hamp­ton Park Boule­vard and Cen­tral Av­enue, Hunter said.

Po­lice at­tempted a traf­fic stop, but the driver did not stop. Of­fi­cers pur­sued the ve­hi­cle east­bound on Cen­tral Av­enue un­til the ve­hi­cle came to a stop at Devon­wood Drive and Cen­tral Av­enue, po­lice said. The sus­pect, who was the only oc­cu­pant of the car, fled on foot, and af­ter a brief pur­suit, of­fi­cers caught and ar­rested him, po­lice said.

The killing was one of three that took place in Prince Ge­orge’s County on Fri­day night and Satur­day morn­ing.

Rus­sell Derk Tol­son, 36, of Wash­ing­ton, has been iden­ti­fied as the vic­tim of a Fri­day night shoot­ing in Green­belt.

Green­belt po­lice said of­fi­cers re­sponded at ap­prox­i­mately 10 p.m. Fri­day to re­ports of a man down in the 6100 block of Breeze­wood Court. They found Tol­son suf­fer­ing from gun­shot wounds and trans­ported him to Wash­ing­ton Hos­pi­tal Cen­ter, where he was pro­nounced dead.

An­other man, whose iden­tity has not been re­leased, was fa­tally shot Satur­day morn­ing in the county, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Prince Ge­orge’s County of­fi­cers re­sponded to a re­port of a shoot­ing at 5:15 a.m. in the 5700 block of Cy­press Creek Drive. The vic­tim was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

De­tec­tives have not iden­ti­fied a sus­pect or de­ter­mined a mo­tive for the crime and are re­quest­ing that any­one with in­for­ma­tion call Prince Ge­orge’s County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-8477. Po­lice are of­fer­ing up to $25,000 in ex­change for help.

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