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Man stabbed to death in Congress Heights Neighborhood

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Washington, D.C. --- Police officers responding to what they thought was a pedestrian struck in the Congress Heights Neighborhood of Southeast discovered a man who had been stabbed several times in the head and chest.

Police say officers were summoned to the 900 block of Barnaby Street SE for a reported automobile accident (pedestrian struck) around 10:38 p.m. Thursday.

Upon arrival, officers found an adult male, later identified as 44-year-old Ernest Harkum of Southeast, lying on the ground suffering from multiple stab wounds.

Harkum was in cardiac arrest when he was taken by ambulance to Prince George’s Hospital Center where he was pronounced dead.

Police have not speculated on a motive or suspects.

According to the D.C. police website, homicides are up 66 percent this year. As of Thursday, the city has had 35 murders compared with 21 in 2013.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently 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.