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Police arrest man for two murders, including 2020 killing of Alexander Nwogu at Northwest DC gas station

Javon Duckwilder, 24, of Southeast D.C., was arrested Saturday on two charges of first degree murder.

WASHINGTON — DC Police arrested a 24-year-old Southeast man on Saturday in connection with two homicides, including the October 2020 killing of a customer at a Northwest gas station.

Officers were called to the 2800 block of Alabama Avenue Southeast on a report of a shooting shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday night. They arrived to find an adult male, later identified as 23-year-old Juwan Smith, suffering from a fatal gunshot wound.

A suspect, 24-year-old Javon Duckwilder, of Southeast, was taken into custody at the scene on preliminary charges of first degree murder.

Police said Duckwilder is also now charged with the October 5, 2020, murder of 23-year-old Alexander Nwogu, of Blacksburg, Virginia. Nwogu, who had graduated with honors from Virginia Tech University just five months prior, was shot and killed at the Shell Gas Station in the 4900 block of Connecticut Avenue.

 According to D.C. court records, Duckwilder was charged with assault and attempted possession of a prohibited weapon in a March 2016 domestic violence case. Those charges were dropped two months later for want of prosecution. Last September, the D.C. Superior Court issued a warrant for his arrest for being a fugitive from justice in connection with vehicle theft charges in Maryland.

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