WASHINGTON -- An disagreement over a 75-cent difference in taxi fare apparently led to the shooting death of a 40-year-old Prince George's County cab driver Domingo Ezirike over the weekend in Northeast D.C, WTOP reports.
A 20-year-old ward of the District of Columbia's Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, Rashad Slye, is accused of Ezirike's murder. Citing multiple DYRS sources, The Washington TImes reports that Slye was arrested at the home of his aunt, a youth-family team coordinator at the agency.
According to the Washington Examiner:
The Examiner notes that over the past year and a half, 10 juveniles under the agency's jurisdiction have been accused of murder.
According to court documents, Slye called his aunt, DYRS counselor Charlene Slye-Battle, nine times during his encounter with the cab driver. Police said they found Slye's jacket and the cell phone he used to make those calls inside Battle's home, which is on the same block as the killing. The cabbie's wallet was found outside the rear of Slye-Battle's home, court documents said.
Police had encountered Slye in Ezirike's taxi at a safety checkpoint near Kenilworth Gardens, near the D.C.-Maryland border less than 30 minutes before the cab driver's body was found slumped over in his vehicle.