Man Beaten by Eastern Market Metro Passed Away, MPD Investigating Homicide

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide and are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating two persons of interest in the Robbery Force and Violence and Aggravated Assault which resulted in a homicide, occurring on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at approximately 12:50 am, in the 400 block of 8th Street, SE.

The victim 60-year-old Carlton Coltrane of Southeast, DC was pronounced dead on the afternoon of Friday, May 9, 2014.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma and the manner to be homicide.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that 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.”

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  • Does DC have a felony murder charge? This is so sad.

    • The charge is simply murder. And it most definitely is a felony.

      • Actually there is Murder 1 and Murder 2. My understanding is that the the DCA rarely pursues Murder 1 charges, as the burden of proof is often challenging to meet.

        • Good point. The cops just charge murder. The AUSA then decides what degree based on what they have.

  • I am so glad that one of the local blogs has mentioned this. I was sickened to hear about this on FRIDAY!, after he had passed away, and when the beating had happened on TUESDAY!! I live only a block away and would have liked to have heard about this earlier last week, and only because I saw news trucks on that corner was I aware of this on Friday. When the man was beaten on Capitol Hill and left on his doorstep a while back everyone was all over that. Why did this take so long to be mentioned by anyone?
    I am always very aware of my surroundings when I am out, but this is so disgusting and heinous that I am actually a little frightened for the first time by a crime nearby. Thinking that it happened right across from the fire house and in a not too empty of a block makes me worry.

    My thoughts go out to the family of Mr. Coltrane.

    And I hope that the SOB’s are caught before anyone else is hurt or killed!

    • I’ve had the same reaction to this story. I heard a brief mention of it at the end of last week and then searched everywhere for more information, but no one was covering it. Now that the gentleman has died from his injuries it seems to be getting some attention. I think I know why it didn’t get more attention, I just don’t want to believe it…

    • Prince Of Petworth

      I can only speak for myself but I didn’t see a press release until he passed away. Not saying one wasn’t sent, I just didn’t see one. Also, I always rely on readers to send emails as well and strangely nobody sent me anything about this one. If you notice something that you think should be covered but isn’t don’t hesitate to send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail

    • Hmm… maybe it’s the delay between the incident and the man’s death that’s responsible for the paucity of press attention? I guess it’s more of a “story” when a news outlet can report “Man Savagely Beaten Last Night; Died at Scene” vs. “Man Beaten in Incident Three Days Ago (That We Didn’t Say Much About at the Time) Has Died”?
      Not saying it’s an excuse; just speculating. And maybe the release of the video will prompt more reporting on the incident.

  • Is it just me or does this neighborhood get a disproprtional amount of savage beatings? Why is that? There are lots of police out during the day, do they all turn into pumpkins at midnight?

    • The area gets pretty deserted after midnight, even on the weekend. I hate walking down Penn between 8th and 6th late at night, and avoid it whenever I can. There is definitely a large police presence, and it continues through the night. I think at night they spend more time on the residential blocks though.

      • Penn between 6th and 8th is indeed very deserted and sketchy late at night, but Barracks Row always has lots of people around and is well-lit.

    • I wouldn’t be too quick to draw such conclusions based on two data points.

  • This is just so sad and upsetting. And for violent crime to continue to occur in this city… Is there a way that we can gather to discuss these issues, and come up with solutions? I’m just sick of sitting by the sidelines and watching this happen, but I don’t know how to help.

  • The suspects in the video aren’t wearing gloves and touched both the counter and the door. No usable prints? Sigh.

    • There very well maybe. However depending on the surface, there could be hundreds of other prints making the suspect’s hard to find.

    • Come on, how many thousands of people have touched that door and counter.

      You realize this happened in real life and not an episode of CSI: DC. They can’t just swipe their touch screen, rotate the security cam footage, and isolate the exact print among the thousands that are probably there.

  • very sad. It also looks like the man’s son was killed a few years ago, according to and

    I feel for the family, who now has to deal with this trauma again. If someone finds out about a collection being taken for funeral expenses, will they post it here?

    • Wow, I am really feeling sad for the mother/wife. To lose them both in such brutal ways. I can’t even fathom how someone could deal with that much tragedy in one lifetime.

  • That guy in the white hat is acting weird too much swaying and moving around. Weird but not in an I’m gonna rob someone sort of way but in a I have mental problems sort of way.

    • Yeah, I thought his body language was bizarre. At one point it looked like maybe he was straight-out dancing — maybe he had earbuds in and was listening to music??

      • I assumed he was high. If someone like that was standing next to me in a store I’d definitely be on edge.

    • Tweaker or a crackhead, IMHO. Something is definitely wrong with the guy.
      My guess is that this is a drug-fueled robbery that went bad very quickly.
      They bashed the guy way too hard and the fall to the ground also contributed to the death. An awkward fall where you hit your head on the ground can definitely kill someone (especially an older man).

  • This story just got even worse if that was possible! WJLA is reporting that the victim, before he passed, told them clerk did nothing to help!!! DISGUSTING!!!
    Quote from story “What is more, the attack began while Coltrane was still inside the store, and it ended, according to police, on the sidewalk outside of the store — which is located right in the middle of the busy neighborhood popular for its restaurants and bars.”

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