- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 17, 2009

A Metropolitan Police officer was ordered held without bail Wednesday afternoon on a charge of felony murder for his role in facilitating an armed carjacking and robbery that led to a fatal shooting Dec. 1.

An affidavit in support of the charge states that Officer Reginald Jones, a six-year veteran assigned to the department’s Narcotics and Special Investigations Division, met with a group of men at a car-detailing shop in Suitland, Md., on Nov. 30. There, the men planned to rob a customer, with Officer Jones acting as a lookout and providing protection.

The robbery took place the next day in the 4300 block of Fourth Street in Southeast Washington.

Authorities said Officer Jones drove two of his four accomplices in his police cruiser to the scene of the robbery and cleared out people who were hanging out in the area. One accomplice then got out of Officer Jones’ police cruiser, the affidavit states, and participated in the armed attack of a man identified only as W-1, or witness No. 1, as Officer Jones and the other accomplice looked on.

But a scuffle ensued, and then shots were fired.

“I’m either gonna have to leave the area or get out and start shooting,” Officer Jones said to the accomplice in his car, according to the affidavit. The affidavit said the police cruiser drove away as a female witness ran to the officer for assistance.

Arvel Stewart Alston, 40, one of the accomplices, was fatally shot, the affidavit states. In addition to Officer Jones, police arrested 27-year-old Rashun Montea Parker and Arvel Crawford, who is Alston’s son.

Officer Jones was later identified by another suspect, the affidavit states, as he walked out of the car-detailing shop in Suitland. Officer Jones got into a silver pickup with Virginia plates and drove off. A police detective in an unmarked car with the suspect pulled up next to the truck.

“That’s the police dude right there,” the suspect said, according to the affidavit.

The silver truck was leased to the Metropolitan Police’s Narcotics and Special Investigations Division, the affidavit states.

“Officer Jones and his actions are a disgrace to the uniform proudly worn by the men and women of the Metropolitan Police Department who put their lives on the line every day,” Chief Cathy L. Lanier said during a news conference Tuesday night. “This crime is a betrayal of the community’s trust and is an insult to the fine men and women of this department.”

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