Suspect Arrested in October Murder on Watkins Field

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An 18 year-old Southeast man was arrested Tuesday, Dec. 21 in the murder of 26-year-old Aaron Wiggins, who was shot on the fields used by Watkins Elementary.

Police had been trying to locate the 18-year-old, who at the time of his arrest, the suspect was driving a stolen vehicle. He was transported to the Homicide Branch where he was charged with First Degree Murder while Armed.

Wiggins was killed Wednesday Oct. 6 on the fields at Watkins Recreation Center (420 12th St. SE). The fields are shared by Watkins Elementary School.

Reports indicated there had been a pick-up football game on the field and that the shooter was a participant. Residents reported hearing up the sound of up to 12 gunshots in the area.

Police said that they were called to the scene around 9:47 p.m. Oct. 6. Upon arrival on the 400 block of 13th St. SE, they found 26 year-old Aaron Wiggins who was unconscious and not breathing with a gunshot wound to the chest.

As shortly as a week after the killing, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) First District Commander Ralph McLean told a public meeting that officers were near an arrest in the Oct. 6 murder on Watkins field. He said the suspect is believed to have been a member of one of the football teams. Witnesses were not willing to talk, he said, so officers reviewed the team rosters to eliminate those on the list one by one. At the time, he said he hoped to close the Watkins case within the week.

When he was located and arrested for the murder of Wiggins, the suspect was also identified as a suspect in an armed carjacking offense that occurred on Oct. 9, on the 1400 block of Rhode Island Avenue NE. He was also charged with Armed Carjacking and Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle.