Who Is Gerald Brevard? 30-Year-Old Suspect in DC, NYC Homeless Killings

The suspect arrested in connection with the series of shootings of homeless persons, including two fatal incidents, in Washington, D.C., and New York City was identified on Tuesday as 30-year-old Gerald Brevard.

"I am here to announce that we got our man," Washington D.C. Metro Police Department Chief Robert Contee said during a press conference on Tuesday. "At approximately 2:30 a.m. 30-year-old Gerald Brevard of Southeast D.C. was taken into custody."

The announcement comes shortly after the D.C. Metro Police Department announced that a suspect was detained on Tuesday morning. Newsweek previously reported that shootings in NYC were up 73 percent.

Video footage shows Brevard darting into view before putting his hands up, laying on the ground, and being surrounded by officers who then arrest him.

"Early this AM, law enforcement arrested the suspect in Washington, DC. He is currently being interviewed at our Homicide Branch. Additional information will be forthcoming. Thanks to the community for all your tips," D.C. Metro Police said in a tweet.

During the press conference on Tuesday, Contee said that Brevard had a previous criminal history, with charges in Washington D.C. in 2016 and 2018. Following the most recent arrest on Tuesday, Brevard was charged with first-degree murder, assault with a dangerous weapon and assault with intent to kill.

"He was arrested in the District of Columbia, I think as early as 2016," Contee said. "Back in 2018, there was an arrest for assaulting an officer. There was also an arrest for ADW [Assault with a deadly weapon] with a knife."

According to the Associated Press, in 2018, Brevard was arrested in D.C. and pleaded guilty to attempted assault with a deadly weapon. Court records obtained by the AP showed that Brevard was sent to a psychiatric hospital after he was found to be mentally unstable. In 2019, he was deemed fit to stand trial and pleaded guilty to the charges, resulting in a year in prison.

Prior to the arrest on Tuesday, the New York Police Department (NYPD) and D.C. Metro Police Department issued a joint statement on Sunday, saying that the incidents were believed to be committed by the same suspect.

According to the statement, the first two shooting incidents happened in Washington D.C. on March 3 and March 8. Both victims were transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

On March 9, a homeless man was attacked and eventually died from "multiple stab and gunshot wounds," the statement said. This incident occurred near the 400 block of New York Avenue in D.C.

Police said that the same suspect went on to commit two similar incidents in New York City on March 12.

The statement issued by police said that the first incident in New York occurred at around 4:30 a.m. local time when a 38-year-old homeless man was shot in the arm while sleeping on King Street. Approximately 30 minutes later, NYPD officers responded to another incident where a homeless man was shot in the head and neck. The second victim was pronounced dead, police said.

During a press conference on Tuesday NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said that .22 caliber shell casings were found at all five of the incidents in D.C. and New York.

Newsweek reached out to Washington, D.C., Metro Police but did not hear back in time for publication.

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The Washington D.C. Metro Police Department announced on Tuesday that 30-year-old Gerald Brevard was arrested in connection with several attacks on homeless victims in D.C. and New York City. Above, Washington Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee III and Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser are shown at the John Wilson Building March 14, 2022, in Washington, D.C. Alex Wong/Getty