- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 1, 2012

D.C. police see no “rhyme nor reason” behind five unrelated slayings over the past four days, a commander said Tuesday.

Police identified the three most recent victims, including an Upper Marlboro man who was fatally stabbed early Tuesday after he exited his car and got into an argument with someone on the street.

The latest homicides bring the total number of killings in the District this year to 28, which is still five homicides fewer than were recorded at this time last year, officials said.

“Certainly we do have spikes where you have a bad week and then you have a few weeks where you have none,” said Cmdr. George Kucik, head of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. “I think it’s something we will keep our eye on, but I don’t think there is any cause for alarm right at this point.”

Two men were fatally stabbed Tuesday night in unrelated incidents near Howard University and the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, police said.

Dwayne Edward Brisbon, 33, was found stabbed in the neck inside a car that had crashed in the 500 block of Florida Avenue around 2:15 a.m., police said. Mr. Brisbon was stabbed outside the vehicle when he got into an argument with someone on the street, Cmdr. Kucik said. He got back in the vehicle to drive away and crashed.

Police do not believe Mr. Brisbon knew his attacker.

The other stabbing occurred at 1:20 a.m. Tuesday in the 1600 block of Kenilworth Avenue Northeast. Officers found a man suffering from multiple stab wounds to the abdomen. He was identified by the Metropolitan Police Department as Lamont Antonio Devore, 34, of Northeast.

Police on Tuesday also identified 27-year-old Sandy Greene III as the man killed in a Monday morning shooting. Mr. Greene, of Southeast, was fatally shot around 11:40 a.m. in the 2200 block of Savannah Street in Southeast.

Two men killed in shootings over the weekend were identified previously as 30-year-old Joseph Denard Southall and 22-year-old James Ray Sherrod.

Though police have made an arrest in the slaying of Mr. Sherrod, investigators do not know the motive behind any of the homicides, Cmdr. Kucik said.

“I think these are totally unrelated incidents that happened to occur at this time. There is no rhyme nor reason for this,” he said.

An affidavit filed in the arrest of Dietrich Baker, who is charged with second-degree murder in Mr. Sherrod’s death, states that the two men “spoke to each other and exchanged greetings” just seconds before Mr. Baker pulled a gun out of his backpack and fired repeatedly at Mr. Sherrod. The affidavit, filed in D.C. Superior Court, gives no indication of whether the men knew each other or had any prior interactions. Mr. Baker lived in the 800 block of Kenilworth Avenue Northeast, a block over from the bus stop in the 700 block of Kenilworth Terrace where the shooting occurred.

According to D.C. Superior Court documents, Mr. Baker was on supervised release at the time of the shooting after pleading guilty to distribution of cocaine. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in the second-degree murder case on May 23.

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