Wednesday, January 19, 2011

UPDATE - Police Investigate Homicide on 38th Avenue

Prince George’s County, Maryland…The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit has released an update in the investigation of 22 year-old Justin Vance Desha-Overcash’s murder that occurred in College Park, Maryland.

Homicide detectives have determined that the suspect in this case was struck by the victim in the face with a glass jar during the attempt robbery which culminated in the homicide of Desha-Overcash. Anyone with information about a suspect who recently suffered a facial injury is asked to call homicide detectives or Crime Solvers.

The suspect is described as an African American male, 6’0” in height with a thin build, in his late teens or early 20s. He was last seen wearing black clothing with a mask or scarf covering his face armed with a black handgun. The suspect was heard asking specifically for Justin throughout the entire ordeal. The residence was previously under investigation for drug activity.

On January 11, 2011 at approximately 11:27 a.m., patrol officers responded to the 8800 block of 38th Avenue for a report of a shooting. When officers arrived, they discovered Desha-Overcash, of the 8800 block of 38th Avenue in College Park, suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A quantity of marijuana sufficient to indicate an intent to distribute, along with a digital scale and drug packaging materials, were seized from the home.  Detectives continue to work to identify the suspect(s) in this case.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at (301) 772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411 TIPS (8477) or text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to and submit a tip online. There is a $25,000 reward being offered for any information in this case.

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