WASHINGTON - A suspect who is linked to the murder of a social worker from Chevy Chase is in custody, according to police.
Police began investigating in October when 22-year-old Roger Marmet died after being struck by a stray bullet as he was driving on 17th Street near Benning Road in Northeast D.C.
On Friday, D.C. police charged Barry Marable, 22, with first-degree murder in connection with Marmet’s death.
Marmet was on a one-year fellowship at So Others Might Eat, and had just left an assignment on Benning Road when he was struck by gunfire.
D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham stressed that Marmet was not the intended target, and that he never saw the bullet coming.
He died later at a local hospital.
Marable was arrested Friday morning by the Capital Area Regional Task Force.
Newsham said the D.C. community was “incredibly helpful” in their search for the suspect.
Marmet’s family reached out to FOX 5 via e-mail, saying:
We are grateful for MPDs hard work. We are out of the country now but know that there is much hard work to be done ahead. We want it to be safe for a 22 year old to drive across town without being shot. We want our politicians to own every corner of the city and make it safe for every citizen. The flood of guns has to stop. We're going to spend the rest of our days working to make the situation better for everyone.