Task force arrests suspect in drug-dispute slaying

Just three days after his arrest warrant was turned over to the District’s new U.S. Marshals-led fugitive task force, murder suspect Barry Stringer was arrested.

Mr. Stringer, the suspected leader of a drug ring in the Southern Avenue/30th Street SE area, was sought on a murder warrant issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2002. He was arrested at 3:30 p.m. Monday in the 3000 block of 30th Street.

Authorities say that on July 30, 2002, Mr. Stringer and his brother, Roderick “Sleepy” Stringer, fatally shot Rohan Hamzidkhan on the same block where Barry Stringer was arrested.

The slaying may have involved a drug-trafficking dispute, authorities said.

His brother was taken into custody earlier this year.

“The fugitive had been on the run since December 2002,” Deputy U.S. Marshal Tom O’Brien said. “But the house where he was apprehended is a local hangout for him and his gang.”

Deputies say the arrest was made without incident and that it followed extensive surveillance and intelligence gathering by law enforcement.

Mr. Stringer was turned over to D.C. police homicide detectives at the scene.

Barry and Roderick Stringer are charged with first-degree murder while armed. In addition, the two face three firearms charges, including possession of a firearm during a crime of violence or dangerous offense.

Deputy marshals and District homicide officers participated in the arrest. The marshals’ task force, officially called the Metropolitan Area Joint Enforcement Initiative, was begun this past summer and already has made arrests in several major cases.

The Marshals Service is responsible for providing protection for the federal judiciary, transporting federal prisoners, protecting endangered federal witnesses and managing assets seized from criminal enterprises.

In addition, the men and women of the Marshals Service pursue and arrest 55 percent of all federal fugitives.

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