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Man Found Dead On Road in Riverdale

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    (Published Monday, July 17, 2017)

    Police said a man was found dead on a road in Riverdale Heights, Maryland, marking the 13th homicide in Prince George's County this month.

    Someone found the man in the 6200 block of 60th Avenue about 4:10 a.m. Sunday, police said. 

    The man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police said he died because of trauma to the body. But officials don't know yet exactly what caused the trauma.

    Police have not been able to identify the victim but said he was a Hispanic man between 35 and 40 years old. He does not have any distinguishing marks or tattoos. 

    A man who said he discovered the body told News4 the man's body was partially exposed.

    "It's really scary. Right near home," one woman said.

    "I was just thinking how did that happen here?" said Marty Newhouse, the head of the community association. "We're very engaged. Neighbors know neighbors. They look out for one another, so this was just a shock."

    Prince George's County has seen a string of homicides in July, including 12 men killed in just 11 days. The latest victim brings that total to 13 men killed in 16 days.


    The homicides occurred across the large county. In one case, a 55-year-old father of four was shot on the Capitol Beltway as he headed home. In another case, two men in their 20s were shot in Suitland. One victim ran into a Popeyes restaurant for help.

    In response to the violence, police have extended shifts to 12 hours, keeping officers on the job an extra two hours per day to try to prevent more homicides.

    "It's a measured and temporary response to something we're seeing," Police Chief Hank Stawinski said. "I'm confident that the men and women of this department will bring stability and then we'll move back to normal operations quickly."