New Carrollton has first homicide in nearly four years
Hyattsville man shot and killed; no arrests yet
No arrests have been made yet in a homicide Friday in New Carrollton, the first homicide in the city in nearly four years.
Prince George's County and New Carrollton police responded to a 911 call about 6:04 a.m. of a man down and arrived to find Alexis Peña Cuevas, 30, of the 700 block of Sheridan Street in Hyattsville lying in a front yard at the corner of Inlet and Jodie streets, said Capt. David Ladd of the New Carrollton police. Cuevas was pronounced dead on the scene, Ladd said.
Ladd said he doesn't know how many shots were fired, and police are not releasing where the man was shot.
The last homicide to occur in city limits was in January 2006 at 85th Avenue near Ellin Road, Ladd said. Specific details about the 2006 homicide were unavailable, he said.
New Carrollton resident Bob Simmons, who lives a half-block away on Jodie Street, said he awoke Friday morning to the sound of gunshots.
"I was in a fully deep sleep, and I heard a real loud noise," Simmons said. "Sort of half asleep I heard another one. Not in real rapid succession. By the third one I was fully awake."
Simmons said the shooting is out of character for the city and said the last nearby homicide he could remember was the April 2, 2008, stabbing death of Parkdale High student Guillermo Medina, 15, of New Carrollton.
"It's a terrible thing, another young man that lost his life," Simmons said.
Whether a dispute happened prior to the shooting or why Cuevas was in New Carrollton is unknown, and no motive has been established, said county police spokesman Officer Henry Tippett on Tuesday.
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