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An intense manhunt ended early Tuesday when federal agents in Washington, D.C. A suspect has been arrested in the shootings of at least five homeless men there and in Manhattan. Two of the victims were killed.
D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief Robert J. Contee III confirmed Tuesday that the suspect is Gerald Brevard, 30, of D.C. Brevard has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with intent to kill, and first-degree murder. Additional charges for the incidents in New York are expected when police have enough evidence to charge him. The firearm that police believe was used in all the shootings has not been recovered.
According to an affidavit released by police Wednesday, a person, identified as “Witness 3,” approached police through a tip line and said he knew Brevard personally, adding that Brevard had a son with a woman they knew. and he gave police Brevard’s date of birth, phone number and Instagram handle.
Using that information, police were able to locate Brevard in Washington D.C. Early Tuesday morning, officers saw him walking on a D.C. street. He attempted to flee before officers with the Washington Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives apprehended him at a gas station around 2:30 a.m.
A magistrate judge ruled Wednesday that Brevard will remain in custody pending the remainder of his court proceedings.
The suspect who was being sought in the shootings of five homeless men in New York City and Washington, D.C. seen on a wanted poster.
The shootings occurred over a span of nine days and police said they were all linked to the same gun. The suspect has not offered a motive and police are not sure what connection there may be between the homelessness and Brevard, but believe the acts were random.
Officials from New York and D.C. they were offering a $70,000 reward for information leading to the suspect. Contee said police “fully expect” to pay the reward, as the information that was submitted led directly to Brevard’s arrest.
Officials also said that in 2019, Brevard was admitted to Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital for a competency evaluation, which is commonly done to determine if a person can fully participate in defending him in the court system. Brevard was found to be competent and was later returned to jail, according to D.C. Department of Behavioral Health Director Barbara Bazron.
“We are going to work hard to make sure there is justice for these victims,” said DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.
NYPD Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell thanked the detectives who worked tirelessly on the investigation, as well as members of the public who submitted tips that led police to the suspect’s name and contacts. He called the arrest a “perfect example” of the public and private sectors working together.
“Public safety is a shared responsibility,” Sewell said. “We all have a role to play and in these cases everyone fulfilled them perfectly.”
New York Police Chief Ken Corey told reporters that the suspect had only been arrested for crimes committed in D.C., but that the investigation in New York is still ongoing. Corey added that he was not known to the suspect in New York, but that he has had multiple contacts with police in various states.
Police suspect he used public transportation, such as trains or buses, to get between D.C. and New York and asks New Yorkers with any additional information to contact their tip line: 1-800-577-TIPS.
Authorities say he shot three sleeping men in Washington, one fatally. The latest victim, in Manhattan, was sleeping when he was shot dead Saturday, authorities said. New York Mayor Eric Adams said another victim woke up, apparently startling the gunman who then shot him, but not fatally.
CBS New York reports that surveillance video
CBS New York reports that surveillance video of the most recent shooting shows the suspect looking around and walking past the victim before turning around and kicking him multiple times, then pulling out a gun and shooting.
The deadly attack was linked to another shooting earlier in the day. That victim was recovering in a hospital.
In a joint statement before the arrest, Adams and Bowser said, “While our law enforcement agencies are working quickly with federal partners to locate the suspect, we are also calling on unsheltered residents to seek shelter.”
In Washington on Monday, police handed out flyers with the suspect’s photo to homeless people, CBS New York reported. New York Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said police were doing a similar scope there.
“We launched a citywide effort to reach out to the homeless population and urge them on with three goals: warn them and seek shelter, ask them if they’ve come across this guy in the footage we’re showing them, and make sure no one is left undiscovered.” . victims,” Sewell said.