MURDER USA: Marktwan Hargraves, of Waldorf, out on bail from PG County for armed carjacking charged with gunning down six-year-old Nylah Courtney in Anacostia

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MURDER USA: Marktwan Hargraves, of Waldorf, out on bail from PG County for armed carjacking charged with gunning down six-year-old Nylah Courtney in Anacostia

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Police say that a man who may have been shooting at a relative of a child he killed in the District of Columbia on July 16, 2021, has been charged with the crime. The slaying took place while police were on the scene, having responded to reports of a shooting.

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announced on July 28, 2021, that the arrest of a Waldorf man has been made in the child’s homicide that occurred on Friday, July 16, 2021, in the 2900 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, Southeast.

At approximately 11:11 pm, members of the Seventh District were in the area of the listed location when they heard the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located a juvenile female, two adult females, and two adult males. All sustained gunshot wounds and received treatment at area hospitals. A sixth victim, an adult male, sought treatment at a local hospital for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. After all life-saving efforts failed, the juvenile victim succumbed to their injuries. The adult victims were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The decedent has been identified as 6-year-old Nyiah Courtney, of Southeast. DC.

On Wednesday, July 28, 2021, pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant, members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested 22-year-old Marktwan James Hargraves, (DOB 10/1998) of 4125 Bluebird Drive, Waldorf, Maryland. Hargraves has been charged with Second Degree Murder while Armed.

This case remains under active investigation. The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. In partnership with MPD, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Washington Field Division has offered an additional $25,000 and the FBI Washington Field Office has offered an additional $15,000 bringing the total reward amount to $65,000 for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspects in this case. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by sending a text message to 50411.

The Prince Georges County Circuit Court Grand Jury indicted Hargraves on August 25, 2020, on four counts of vehicle theft while carrying a firearm.  A motions hearing is set in Prince George’s Circuit Court for August 12, 2021. At the time of the armed carjacking arrest and indictment, Hargraves was residing at 3434 21st Street, S.E. Washington. Hargraves was allowed to post bail and walk out of the Prince Georges County Jail the same day he was arrested on June 30, 2020.

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