Arrest Made in NW DC Nightclub Shooting

MPD said Friday afternoon that one person has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of Paul Aime Tanoh Danzo outside the Balletto nightclub in Northwest DC.

A camera captured video of the two men showing their identification cards as they enter what looks to be a nightclub.

On Friday afternoon police said one of the men in that video, identified by MPD as 33-year-old Michael A. Smith of Suitland, Md., has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder, conspiracy and other charges. Smith was arrested Thursday, MPD said.

Court records do not indicate that Smith has been presented with any of the charges, a process that must happen within 48 hours of an arrest, but typically happens within the next business day.

The US Attorney’s Office did not have an immediate answer on whether— or when— Smith would be presented with the charges.

The US Attorney’s Office said Saturday that Smith was arraigned Friday. The charges were part of a case that initially charged him as being an accessory after the fact.

The other person pictured in the footage is still being sought, MPD said.

September 20, 2013

Arrest/One Person of Interest Still Sought in Homicide:
1000 Block of 17th Street, NW

(Washington, DC)- The Metropolitan Police Department has announced an arrest in the homicide which occurred in the 1000 block of 17th Street, NW, but is still seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating the second person of interest in connection with this homicide.

The decedent in this case is identified as 24-year-old Paul Aime Tanoh Danzo of Laurel, MD.

On Thursday, September 19, 2013, members of the Capitol Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested 33 year-old Michael A. Smith of Suitland, Maryland, charging him with Murder One, Conspiracy, and additional related charges in connection with the shooting death of Paul Aime Tanoh Danzo.

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.

This story has been updated with new information from the US Attorney’s Office.

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