Case Moves Forward for 20 Year Old’s Murder

On Sept. 14, a DC Superior Court judge scheduled a hearing to determine if a murder case has enough evidence to go to trial. 

Quincy Johnson, 16, is charged with first-degree murder while armed in the death of 20 year-old Anthony Riley. 

Judge Robert Okun scheduled the preliminary hearing for Nov. 13.

On July 17, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers were called to assist the Takoma Park Police with a traffic accident at the intersection of Eastern Avenue and Walnut Street, NW, according to court documents.  Riley, the vehicle’s driver, died after being taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest. A second victim in the vehicle suffered from a gunshot wound to the shoulder. That victim survived.

The surviving victim, who sold shirts and hoodies with Riley, said that shortly after driving to the location, two individuals allegedly entered Riley’s vehicle demanding money. The victims were shot after saying they did not have any.

The shooting caused Riley to accelerate the vehicle down the road.  According to the victim, the suspects jumped from the vehicle shortly before it crashed.

Officers found additional video evidence from surveillance videos, showing two suspects walking towards the crime scene. The suspects are also seen again walking down an alley away from the crime scene. 

Johnson was identified as a suspect after detectives searched Riley’s phone and discovered an Instagram call between Riley and Johnson, according to court documents. This conversation took place shortly before the incident.

An arrest warrant for Johnson was filed on Aug. 18.