Man Charged With Murder Connected To Another Area Crime

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    Jonathan Blades of Gaithersburg is in jail charged in a near fatal shooting in Northwest Washington. News4's Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins more on the case and how Blades is connected to another murder. (Published Thursday, Feb 6, 2014)

    A 27-year-old Gaithersburg man has been arrested for allegedly shooting a man and then trying to run him over in Northwest D.C. last weekend.

    Police say Jonathan Blades was arrested Wednesday for the shooting and hit and run that took place around 3:30 a.m. Sunday in the 1000 block of 20th Street Northwest.

    The victim knew Blade's fiancé and was talking to her after leaving a nearby club that night, News4's Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports. Blades and the victim got into a fight, which led to the shooting.

    The victim, suffering from gunshot wounds, stumbled into an Exxon gas station on M Street NW. He later told police he was shot and then run over by Blades' car.

    This isn't the first time Blades has been accused of shooting someone. Prince George's County prosecutors said Blades shot and killed 19-year-old Darryl McCoy in Suitland, Md. in 2012.

    "Blades, who we believe was a known drug dealer, thought that he was going to be doing a drug transaction of some sort with McCoy. Now as it turns out, McCoy is someone who likes to rob drug dealers.”

    Since McCoy pulled his gun first, it was considered self-defense, and Blades' murder charges were dropped.

    Blades' story of self-defense was supported by a witness two years ago. This time, according to his D.C. arrest warrant, he shot at the victim three to five times, striking him once in the back as he ran away.

    “It's certainly very disappointing to us to hear that this has happened. It's just an unfortunate situation where we can only charge crimes based on the evidence that we have,” the official said.

    Blades is now being held in a D.C. jail with charges of assault with intent to kill while armed. He's expected to stand trial.