Columbia Heights Beating Victim IDed as Juan Antonio Paredes

The DC Medical Examiner has determined that a man fatally beaten with a steel pole in Columbia Heights Saturday afternoon was the victim of homicide.

On Thursday MPD identified the man as 45-year-old Juan Antonio Paredes. He died Sunday, MPD said.

MPD did not identify a suspect in the case, saying only that a 50-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault with intent to kill. MPD said additional charges are pending.

A spokesman for the US Attorney’s office identified the suspect as Jeffrey Mills.

A press release from MPD is below.

January 19, 2012

Homicide in the 3300 Block of 14th Street, Northwest

(Washington, DC)-Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide which occurred in the 3300 block of 14th Street, Northwest.

On Saturday, January 14, 2012, at approximately 1:55 pm units from the Third District responded to a call for an assault in the 3300 block of 14th Street, Northwest. Upon arrival, they located the victim, an adult male, lying on the ground. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital.

On Sunday, January 15, 2012, at 10:15 pm, the victim later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The decedent, identified as 45-year-old Juan Antonio Paredes of Northwest, Washington DC, was subsequently transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner pending an autopsy.

On Monday, January 16, 2012, a 50-year-old male was charged with Assault with the Intent to Kill While Armed in this case. On Wednesday, January 18, 2012, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death in this case as blunt force trauma and the manner of death as a homicide. Additional charges are pending in this case.

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 or 1-888-919-CRIME (1-888-919-2746). Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

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