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D.C. Officer Held in Killing Changed Alibi, Detective Says

D.C. Officer Held in Killing Changed Alibi, Detective Says

The Washington Post via YellowBrix

January 06, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – An on-duty D.C. police officer charged with murder in a street robbery gone wrong initially told supervisors that he was at police headquarters writing search warrants the night of the Dec. 1 shooting, a homicide detective told a D.C. Superior Court judge Tuesday.

But, the detective testified, Officer Reginald Jones changed his story after a suspect in the case said Jones was involved in the crime. Jones then told police that he was at the scene of the shooting, sitting in his marked patrol car. But Jones told them that he was alone, investigating a tip about illegal guns. He has denied involvement in the shooting and robbery.

Prosecutors have charged Jones, 40, a six-year member of the department, with felony murder in the shooting death of Arvel S. Alston, 40, during the robbery in the 4200 block of Fourth Street SE. One of the co-defendants, Rashun M. Parker, 27, of Temple Hills, the first of five suspects arrested in the case, identified Jones as being involved in planning to rob a suspected drug dealer. Parker has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and conspiracy.

Jones, his ankles and wrists shackled, sat next to his attorney during the three-hour hearing.

Also seated at the defense table was Arvel Crawford, 19, Alston’s son. Parker has said Crawford accidentally killed Alston during a scuffle with the intended robbery victim. Police said Alston had about $4,200 in cash stuffed in his pockets.

The courtroom was filled with family members of the victim and the suspects, as well as uniformed police officers and detectives. Jones, of Upper Marlboro, was assigned to the department’s narcotics and gun recovery unit.

Also charged in the case are Jarvis Clark, 19, of Temple Hills and Lynn Daniel Wilkerson, 33, of Hyattsville.

Detective Anthony Greene testified Tuesday that police recovered from Wilkerson’s home two police-issued bulletproof vests, one of which had “property of R. Jones” written inside, portable flashing red lights and a home-invasion battering ram that was marked “gun recovery unit.”

Greene said the suspects discussed the plan to rob Tyrone Herring, 45, while hanging out at an auto detailing shop in Suitland owned by Wilkerson and frequented by Jones. Greene testified that detectives recovered surveillance video from the auto shop that showed Jones there, sitting at a computer, while the other men were discussing the robbery and distributing guns.

After his arrest in the shooting, Parker accompanied a detective in a stakeout of the auto shop and saw Jones drive up. Parker then identified Jones as the officer involved in the robbery’s planning.


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    revCCBeasley

    over 4 years ago

    2944 Comments

    He did the crime and got caught...And he was the Law....Add to more issues for those upholding the law........Another phsy eval required...

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    MrTim77

    over 4 years ago

    14 Comments

    I "THINK", remember I said think, that if this cop did it this time, and he is guilty, I believe he has done something in the past that he thought tasted good, so what the heck, one more time won"t hurt anything. It just went down a way that he didn"t think was going to happen. Remember folks, there al many more good cops that are willing to help all us, then there are bad ones. Sorry to the department for a blackeye, I"m sure there are cops that thought he was friends of this bad apple. (If he did it)

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    bsybee

    over 4 years ago

    130 Comments

    You do the crime, you pay the price! It's unfortunate that the whole Department has to suffer for the Officer that they thought was part of their team. As well as any other Officer that holds the shield.

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    MountainSmoky

    over 4 years ago

    110 Comments

    The new generation is very different. They don't want to work and learn from the veterans and they know everything.

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    GMEN48

    over 4 years ago

    16 Comments

    I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THESE YOUNG COPS DON'T LEARN THAT CRIME ONLY PAYS PART TIME AND THE REST OF THE TIME IS PAID IN JAIL WITH BIG BUBBA THEY SHOULD HAVE THESE STORIES IN THE ACADEMY FOR THE NEW COPS COMING OUT .

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    Daysend

    over 4 years ago

    902 Comments

    I am not a LEO so I dont see it the same as LEO's do. I dont believe this is a black eye on LEO's or a Tarnished Shield. Just because it happened and it happens does not change my view on this at all.
    There are ALLOT of good LEO's out there who respect the Law and uphold the shield. God Bless Leo's for preotecting us. The fact that this happend is a very good thing. It means the force is weeding out bad guys who from time to time infiltrate the service.
    There is more honor in exposing and removing a bad apple, than pretending bad apples dont exist. It's a good thing to get rid ofsomeone who doesn't believe ni or respect the badge.

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    Ahi

    over 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    unfortunate misrepresentation of LEOs.

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    Hardcopy69

    over 4 years ago

    6082 Comments

    This is crazy....Stupid

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Another black eye for LEOs everywhere. Don't these guys get it... the scumbags will roll on you quicker than their worse enemy.

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    natasha74

    over 4 years ago

    604 Comments

    That's life! you have good and you have bad seeds out there....

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    uncledennis1

    over 4 years ago

    23288 Comments

    Scumbag. Hold his feet to the fire.

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    bat001

    over 4 years ago

    82 Comments

    We need to start policing ourselves more, not just the streets.

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    JP503

    over 4 years ago

    7616 Comments

    If true this is sad. It makes all the good cops look bad.

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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    42162 Comments

    He must have taken lessons from a former DC mayor! Instead of sending him to jail, put him in a dark room with lots of GOOD COPS!!!!!!!!!!

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    OlSkoolBlu89

    over 4 years ago

    2484 Comments

    DC been getting some bumps and bruses lately.....WTF!

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