Metropolitan police have released the video of a man sought in connection with the stabbing death of Hayes Osei Dennis.
The video shows a black man with braided hair—wearing a gray long-sleeved shirt, black pants and tennis shoes—walk through a parking lot. He is carrying a black jacket with gray lining.
Three minutes later, the man is recorded running up the street without the jacket.
Dennis, 60, was found dead July 19 around 7 p.m. in the unit block of Q Street Southwest.
Witnesses told Dennis’ brother-in-law, Osei Antwi, that Dennis was standing outside his taxi repair shop when a man approached him and asked for water. Dennis told the man to help himself, and when the man came out he pulled a knife and yelled, “Give me all the money you have,” the Washington Post reported.
According to witnesses, Dennis gave the man $20 and turned to walk away; the man stabbed him twice: once in the back and once in the neck.
The MPD press release is below:
Contact: Officer Paul Metcalf (202-727-4383)
December 12, 2012
Seeking Information in Homicide: Unit Block of Q Street, S.W.
(Washington, DC)- The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking information in the homicide of Hayes Osei Dennis, which occurred at 39 Q Street, SW, on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at approximately 7:02 PM. The video link shows a person of interest in this homicide investigation.
On Thursday, July 19, 2012, at approximately 7:02 pm units from the First District responded to the unit block of Q Street, SW in reference to an assault. Upon arrival, they located an adult male who was unconscious and unresponsive suffering from an apparent stab wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the victim to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.
The decedent is identified as 60 year-old Hayes Osei Dennis of Fort Washington, Maryland.
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.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.
Officer Anthony B. Clay
Metropolitan Police Department
Executive Office of the Chief of Police
Public Information Office
Office # 202-727-4383