- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 8, 2005

The Metropolitan Police Department yesterday announced the arrest of a 46-year-old man in connection with the beating and robbery last week of an 83-year-old woman who was working as a street vendor in Foggy Bottom.

Authorities arrested James Aloysious Dorsey Saturday afternoon at Quincy Place NW and North Capitol Street, police said.

“We got our man,” said Robert J. Contee, commander of the police department’s 2nd District.

Police Sgt. Joe Gentile said Mr. Dorsey had “no fixed address” when authorities arrested him through information they obtained from a tip. Police aren’t describing the man as homeless, however.

Cmdr. Contee said the investigation is continuing. He said police want to talk to Purnell Crockett, 53, whom authorities have described as a person of interest in the beating of the street vendor on Tuesday. The victim’s name has not been released.

The beating was captured by a security videotape at the Potomac Terrace Apartment building in Foggy Bottom. The tape, released to the press, shows a man punching a woman in the face, then taking her money.

Mr. Dorsey is expected to be arraigned in D.C. Superior Court today.

Police say it appears Mr. Dorsey knew the victim, but they have not determined a motive.

“We’re still not sure,” Cmdr. Contee said.

Police released pictures of Mr. Contee and Mr. Crockett to the press last week, generating several tips.

One of tips led authorities on Saturday to the corner of North Capitol Street and Quincy Place NW, Cmdr. Contee said.

A customer at the Save More Supermarket at the corner said Mr. Dorsey’s face was familiar in the neighborhood.

He said Mr. Dorsey was not regularly employed but performed odd jobs.

A clerk in the store yesterday said he witnessed Saturday’s arrest. He said Mr. Dorsey cooperated when police took him into custody at about 5:30 p.m.

Cmdr. Contee said police expect to issue an award for at least one tip in the case. Police at first offered a $10,000 reward, but added another $12,000 after receiving an anonymous donation.

This article is based in part on wire service reports.

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