Teen Arrested in Petworth Stabbing Death of Jamar Freeman

A 17-year-old from Northwest DC has been arrested in the shooting death of Jamar Freeman.

The teen, identified by police as Derek Johnson, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder while armed. He will be charged as an adult, MPD said.

Freeman, also 17, died after being stabbed in Petworth earlier this month.

Court records do not yet indicate when Johnson is expected to be presented with the charge. Usually defendants first appear in court the afternoon after they are arrested.

MPD’s press release is below.

October 19, 2011

Homicide Arrest: 900 Block of Quincy Street, NW

(Washington, DC)-Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department have announced an arrest in the fatal stabbing which occurred in the 900 block of Quincy Street, NW.

On Saturday, October 8, 2011, at approximately 7:25 pm, units from the Fourth District discovered a male suffering from stab wounds in the 900 block of Quincy Street, NW. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 17 year-old Jamar Michael Freeman of Southeast, Washington, DC.

On Tuesday, October 18, 2011, pursuant to an arrest warrant, 17 year-old Derek Johnson of Northwest was arrested and charged as an adult with Murder Two while Armed.

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