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First D.C. homicide of 2014 closed with an arrest

D.C. police have arrested 52-year-old Alphonso Cleveland for the murder of 51-year-old Claudia Hall, the city's first homicide victim of 2014.
D.C. police have arrested 52-year-old Alphonso Cleveland for the murder of 51-year-old Claudia Hall, the city's first homicide victim of 2014.
Bob Pugh

Washington, D.C. --- Police have arrested 52-year-old Alphonso Cleveland of Northeast for the city's first homicide of 2014.

Police say on Friday, January 3, around 2:23 p.m., officers from the 5th District responded to the 300 block of 18th Place, Northeast for the report of an unconscious person.

Upon arrival, police found an adult female, later identified as 51-year-old Claudia Hall of Northeast, suffering from apparent trauma to her body. Fire and EMS personnel had responded and did not find any signs consistent with life. Hall's body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

On Saturday, January 4, homicide detectives arrested Cleveland and charged him with 2nd-degree murder while armed.

The Metropolitan Police Department offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone who provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.