Photo and Video of Person of Interest wanted in Connection with 30 Year Old’s Stabbing Death at the Donovan Hotel Downtown


From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a person of interest in reference to the homicide of 30 year-old David Messerschmitt of Northeast, Washington, DC, who was discovered on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at approximately 11:12 am, in the 1100 block of 14th Street, Northwest. The below photo of the person of interest was taken inside of the Donavan Hotel at approximately 7:45 pm, on February 9, 2015.

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.”


“On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at approximately 11:12 am, officers from the Third District responded to a call for an unconscious person inside of the Donavan Hotel located in the 1100 block of 14th Street, NW. Upon arrival, they located an adult male, unconscious and unresponsive, suffering from apparent stab wounds. The decedent was transported to the office of the Chief Medical Examiner.”

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  • Am I the only one who thinks the “person of interest” is female?

  • I can sorta see it – female – but I think it’s just an feminine looking male.

  • Is it just me or does it look like the door to the fire exit stairwell was wide open before he entered?
    See video at 1:05-1:07. Certainly an easy way around elevator key card access.

  • I also thought it looked like a female when I saw the pic on the news last night. Hard to know what could have been going on, but seems like there are more obvious possibilities if it was a woman.

  • Definitely looks like a woman to me. And he/she clearly knows where he/she is heading so it doesn’t seem like it is random. Awful.

  • Suspect looks female to me too.

  • That is totally a woman.

    My guess: craigslist casual encounter turned criminal, or something along the lines of backpages hooker decides to rob and kill

  • The MPD video it’s looks a lot like a woman in the stills. The most disturbing is that she continues to cover herself up as she climbs the stairs (towards the end she is using her coat to cover her nose/lips and waiting for the elevator she tries to cover her face with her hand) leading my detective skills to believe she went there with the intent to harm.

    This is absolutely tragic, but why is a guy who lives in DC at a relatively nice hotel in DC? I can’t help but think he was doing something he shouldn’t have been doing. I hope they find this woman soon though. It’s clear that this was a pre-meditated murder.

  • At 1:10 (probably the third of fourth frame of that second) you can very clearly see the person’s face. In my opinion, it’s clearly a woman. If you stop and start the video a few times around 1:10 you will eventually get a very clear pic of her face.

    • HaileUnlikely

      I looked at the exact same frame and think this is a slightly round-faced chubby young male. Can we agree that s/he is either kind of butch for a woman or else not the manliest looking dude?

  • SusanRH

    The face looks feminine, but the walk and feet totally look male. My guess is it is just a chubby guy.

  • I shudder to think what the Washington Post reader comments on this topic must be like.

  • Manly gait, but definitely a woman. And one who’s been in that hotel before and had planned the crime.

  • definitely a man. look at tge way s/he bounds up the stairs. a bit flat footed. women r used to wearing heels of some kind, n even when not, as in this video, would not tend to bound up stairs flat on their feet. women would b more inclined to advance with the balls of their feet on the edge of the stair, heel in the air…..

    • Not everyone woman grows up wearing heels or carries herself as one might expect, especially if that woman stabbed a person to death in cold blood.

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