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Diartianan Rivers has been charged with the homicide of District Heights, Md. resident Thomas Barnes.

Prince George’s County police have arrested a man they say shot and killed the owner of a car he was stealing.

The department said in a news release that 27-year-old Diartianan Rivers has been charged with first- and second-degree murder in the slaying of 52-year-old Thomas Barnes of District Heights, Maryland.

Officers say early on March 21, Barnes ran out of his home when he heard his SUV being started. Police say Barnes confronted Rivers, who was stealing the car. Authorities say Rivers shot Barnes and drove away in the SUV.

Barnes died at the hospital.

County police saw officers with Metropolitan Police in Washington saw the stolen SUV and pursued it back into Prince George’s County, where it crashed.

Rivers was arrested and is being held without bond.