Rogers-Triple Homicide

Suspect in a triple homicide in District Heights, Md., Lawrence Sylvester Rogers, Jr.

The Prince Georges County Homicide Unit arrested a suspect in connection with a recently reported triple homicide in District Heights, Maryland.

Lawrence Sylvester Rogers, Jr., 24, residing at 5500 block of Rollins Lane in Capitol Heights, Maryland has been charged with three counts of first and second degree murder. According to authorities Rogers remains in custody. He is scheduled to appear at D.C. Superior Court for a hearing on July 7. Rogers’ extradition to Prince George’s County was waived on June 30.

Police found five victims shot in a home located in the 3100 block of Orleans Avenue in District Heights around 9:35 p.m. on June 24. Three were pronounced dead while two were critically wounded and hospitalized.

Victims of a triple homicide in District Heights, Md.

The deceased victims are Carlina Renee Gray, 50, of Orleans Avenue, Jan Marie Parks, 53, of Dunbar Avenue in Landover, Maryland and Allen Rowlett, 60, of Marion Street in Forestville, Maryland.

Detectives followed tips from the community and obtained a warrant for Rogers’ arrest. They also released a video of the suspect from a surveillance camera that shows Rogers running from the scene of the crime.

Washington D.C. news station WUSA9 announced that a driver gave Rogers a ride to a nearby hotel. He then recognized him from the video that was broadcasted on several area news stations and contacted police.

According to the {Washington Post}, Rogers was arrested June 27 at an apartment in the 400 block of Burbank Street in Southeast D.C. Rogers has a prior record with the D.C. Superior Court that includes two years of supervised release in 2014, a charge of carrying a pistol in public in 2012, and a confrontation at a gas station that same year.

A vigil was held for the victims on June 30.  “I am so glad,” said Rowlett’s cousin Cookie McCoy of Roger’s arrest. “The family is grateful, very grateful.”

Police are still trying to find a motive for the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crimes Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) or go to pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online.