Rich, 40, was the District’s first homicide of 2013. Police distributed a video showing a person of interest in the case Saturday.
As of Thursday afternoon, Cole had not yet appeared before a judge to be presented with first-degree murder charges.
A press release from the Metropolitan Police Department is after the jump.
(Washington, DC) — Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announced today a suspect has been arrested in the fatal stabbing which occurred in the 2800 block of Alabama Avenue, Southeast.
On Thursday, January 10, 2013, at approximately 3:27 pm, an off-duty Metropolitan Police Officer was flagged down for a stabbing in the 2800 block of Alabama Avenue., SE. Upon the arrival the off-duty officer and additional units from the Sixth District, they located an adult male suffering from apparent stab wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.
The decedent is identified as 40-year-old Raasheem Jamal Rich of Northeast, Washington, DC.
On Thursday, January 17, 2013, at approximately 6:20 am, members from the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested 35 year-old Burnis Cole of Southeast, DC, pursuant to an arrest warrant and charged him with Murder One while Armed in connection with the homicide of Raasheem Jamal Rich.