19 November, 2010

Homicide in the 100 Block of Constitution Avenue, NW

Homicide in the 100 Block of Constitution Avenue, NW

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting which occurred in the 100 Block of Constitution Avenue, NW.

On Friday, November 12, 2010, units from the First District responded to the 100 block of Constitution Ave, NW, to investigate the report of a missing person. The missing person was identified as 36-year-old Jacobo Vazquez of the 1100 block of Massachusetts Ave NW. Reporting officers alerted detectives due to the suspicious nature of the disappearance.

On Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at approximately 9:45 am, a body was found along side of the westbound lanes of I-70 in Maryland. Detectives from the Homicide Branch responded to the scene where they were able to make an identification of the decedent as the missing person from the 100 block of Constitution Ave, NW. The body was removed to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland. On November 17, 2010 an autopsy was performed and the manner of death was ruled a homicide and the cause of death to be gunshot wounds. Subsequent investigation revealed that the homicide occurred in the 100 block of Constitution Avenue NW.

A felony arrest warrant has been issued for 34-year-old Marvin Palencia of Hyattsville, MD, who is wanted in connection with this homicide. Police are also attempting to locate the suspect’s 2007 light green or grey Honda Odyssey minivan with Maryland tags bearing “PALNCIA.” The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about the suspect’s whereabouts or this crime should take no action, but call the police at (202) 727-9099 or 1-888-919-CRIME (1-888-919-2746).

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.

Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to DC CRIME SOLVERS at 1-866-411-TIPS and to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. If the information provided by the caller to the Crime Solvers Unit leads to an arrest and indictment, that caller will be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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