D.C. Police Detective Kevin Kentish Says He Scrolling Through His Social Media Feed Led to Capture of Suspect Wanted in Shootings of Homeless Men in Washington and New York

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, left, and Washington Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee III, right, with Washington Metropolitan Police Homicide Capt. Kevin Kentish during Tuesday’s news conference.

Capt. Kevin Kentish, a Queens native who now works with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, was scrolling through his social media over the weekend when something caught his eye.

Kentish, who still stayed up to date with news from his home state, saw footage that New York City police had released of a person of interest wanted in connection with the shootings of two homeless individuals there, one of whom was killed.

In Washington, Kentish and his team were investigating the March 9 killing of a homeless person. The detective flagged the photos to his colleagues and they reached out to New York and federal law enforcement agencies and began comparing evidence, including shell casings left behind at the scenes.

“Our partners at the ATF tested our evidence that was recovered, they tested the evidence that was recovered in New York and we got a hit,” Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee said. They were looking for the same person.

Authorities in Washington tied two more local shootings to the suspect. Leaders from both cities held a joint news conference Monday and appealed to the public for help in identifying the suspect. An anonymous tip helped lead to his identity.

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SOURCE: CNN, Christina Maxouris