Columbia Heights Beating Victim has Died, Suspect to be Charged with Murder

Update 1:58 p.m.: MPD Spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump says that the Medical Examiner has not yet made a ruling in this case. The original post is below.

A man beaten with a steel pole in Columbia Heights has died of his injuries and a suspect arrested will be charged with murder, authorities said Wednesday morning.

MPD press officers said an assault was reported at 14th and Park streets Northwest at about 1:55 p.m. Saturday. The victim was beaten with a steel pole and an arrest was made.

Wednesday morning Third District Commander Jacob Kishter said that the suspect will be charged with murder.

Councilman Jim Graham said that he understood that the incident was “a serious fight between two persons vending.”

A reader sends this photo of the corner where the alleged assault took place. Note the bloodstain on the sidewalk near the bike racks.

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