Third Man Arrested in Killing of Transgender Woman Deeniquia Dodds

Police are still searching for a fourth suspect

A third man has been arrested and charged in the killing of a 22-year-old transgender woman in D.C. on July 4.

Montee Tyree Johnson, 21, was arrested Wednesday in the death of Deeniquia Dodds. Johnson, of Southeast D.C., has been charged with first-degree murder while armed, D.C. police said.

Two other suspects were arrested in September. Police are still searching for a fourth suspect, 21-year-old Cyheme Hall, who is wanted for first-degree felony murder while armed. He is described as a black man, 5 feet 5 inches tall, 120 pounds, with brown eyes, medium complexion and black hair.

Cyheme Hall
Metropolitan Police Department

Hall should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.

Police have said they believe the motive for the killing was robbery.

Dodds, known to loved ones as Dee Dee, was shot just a few blocks from home, on the 200 block of Division Avenue NE, police said. She was pronounced dead July 13. 

"Her murder reminds us all of how often the transgender community is targeted for violence in our society," LGBT activist Earline Budd previously said in a statement.

Dodds was "a beautiful person," according to Joeann Lewis, who raised her.

"Loved to make you laugh. Loved to make you smile," she previously told News4.

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