Police Seek Suspect in Jan 5 Southwest Homicide

Crime Blotter: January 9th


Update: police announced Jan. 10 that they had arrested this suspect.

Police are looking for a suspect in a Southwest killing that took place last Sunday, Jan. 5. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Homicide Branch issued a photograph of 27- year-old Bratrell Hawkins, of Southwest.  He is currently wanted on a DC Superior Court arrest warrant charging him with Second Degree Murder while Armed. Hawkins should be considered armed and dangerous and can be seen in the photo below:

Bratrell Hawkins of Southwest is currently wanted on a DC Superior Court arrest warrant charging him with Second Degree Murder while Armed. Courtesy: Press MPD

At approximately 5:27 a.m. Jan 5, officers located a man inside of a residence on the 1400 block of Third Street SW. He was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  After all life-saving efforts at a local hospital failed, the victim was pronounced dead.  Investigation at the scene suggested the shooting occurred inside of the residence.

The decedent has been identified as 26-year-old Xavier Tate, of Northeast, DC.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. 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.

In Other News

At 6:50 a.m. Thursday, a woman was arrested on the 200 block of Oklahoma Avenue NE on charges of Speeding (30 mph or Over).

At 12:10 p.m. Thursday, a man was arrested on the 700 block of 19th Street NE on charges of Simple Assault.

At 5 p.m. Thursday, a man was arrested on the 1400 block of Half Street SW on charges of Driving Under the Influence (Third or Subsequent Offence).

At 7:05 p.m. Thursday, a woman was arrested on the 700 block of 12th Street SE on charges of Simple Assault.

At 10:50 p.m. Thursday, there was an assault with a dangerous weapon on the 1100 block of 21st Street NE.

Reporting Illegal Activity

Prompt and detailed reporting of suspicious activities helps prevent crime. If a citizen sees suspicious activity, or any activity that seems out of the ordinary, immediately call 911.

When reporting suspicious activity, give an accurate description. Here are some things to include:

Brief description of the activity;

  • Date, time and location of the activity;
  • Physical identifiers of anyone you observed;
  • Descriptions of vehicles;
  • Information about where people involved in suspicious activities may have gone;
  • Your name and contact information.

“As we continue to work with our community in the prevention of crime, we ask that if you see something suspicious you contact us immediately,” says First District Commander Morgan C. Kane, MPA.

The Blotter is based on the reports posted on January 10th, 2020 by the MPD to the 1D Listserv and 5D Listserv.