U.S. Marshals Seek Suspect in Columbia Heights Double Homicide

Thursday, Aug 11, 2011  |  Updated 8:31 PM EDT
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U.S. Marshals Seek Suspect in Columbia Heights Double Homicide

Irving Johnson

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A man wanted in a double homicide in Columbia Heights is the same man who was charged in the murder of a 16-year-old girl in 2005.

U.S. Marshals are searching for 25-year-old Irving Johnson, the Washington Examiner reported.

He is wanted on first-degree murder charges in the shootings of 32-year-old Jimmie Lee Simmons III and 31-year-old Domonique Barber.

During the early morning hours of July 9, Johnson walked up on a craps game in the 1400 block of Parkwood Place NW and opened fire, killing Simmons and Barber, authorities said. A third person was critically wounded and remains hospitalized.

The shooting did not appear to be related to the dice game. Johnson recently had been beaten up, saw one of his attackers, came back with the gun and started shooting, police said.

In November 2005, Johnson was charged in the murder of Erica Anderson. He was playing with a loaded weapon and pointed it at Erica and pulled the trigger, said Detective Chris Coles, of the U.S. Marshals Service Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force. But Johnson never served any prison time on the charge.

Johnson said it was an accident. Prosecutors said there wasn't enough evidence, and Johnson was released before the case was presented to a judge, court records show.

The next year, Johnson was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and cocaine distribution, Coles said. He was convicted on gun charges in 2008 and released from prison in May.

Johnson stands 5-feet-11-inches tall, weighs about 180 pounds and wears glasses, the Washington Examiner reported.

Anyone who knows where Johnson may be should contact the U.S. Marshals Service at 800-336-0102.

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