- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Authorities say they’re continuing to investigate the cause of a Metro stabbing that left an American University graduate dead.

Police say 18-year-old Jasper Spires of Northwest Washington was arrested Monday in connection with the fatal stabbing of 24-year-old Kevin Joseph Sutherland.

Authorities say Sutherland was repeatedly stabbed Saturday on a Red Line train approaching the NoMa-Gallaudet Metro Station.

Police say Spires is charged with first-degree murder while armed and is being held in custody.

Authorities say they’re investigating Spires in connection with other crimes, including robberies, over the Independence Day weekend. Police say Spires had been arrested Thursday, two days before the fatal stabbing, after he allegedly threatened and tried to rob a man outside a strip of stores in Friendship Heights. Spires was freed while awaiting trial.

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