DC kidnapping suspect dies hours after arrest in jail cell, police say

A Washington, D.C. man accused of kidnapping his girlfriend at gunpoint last summer has died in police custody hours after being arrested.

Officers checked a suspect in custody at the Metropolitan Police Department’s Second District Police Station around 10:30 a.m. Thursday. police told FOX 5.

Checking officers found 44-year-old Marquez Parker unconscious and not breathing. The officers reportedly immediately requested paramedics, administered Narcan, began CPR and attempted to use a defibrillator to save Parker.

Despite their efforts, DC fire and emergency medical personnel pronounced Parker dead at the scene.

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Marquez Parker, 44, of Northwest, DC, died in police custody hours after his arrest.
(Metropolitan Police Department)

Parker was arrested in connection with the alleged kidnapping of his girlfriend in July 2022 at 6:45 a.m. Thursday, just three hours before her death.

Police claimed Parker forced the woman into a car against her will outside their residence on the city’s northwest side. The victim’s family and friends alerted them to the situation after a live Instagram video allegedly showed Parker pointing a gun at her.

The victim was later found safe.

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Parker was arrested in July 2022 for the alleged kidnapping of his girlfriend.

Parker was arrested in July 2022 for the alleged kidnapping of his girlfriend.
(Metropolitan Police Department)

In that case, Parker was charged with armed kidnapping involving a gun.

According to an MPD standard operating procedure document, searches for contraband and weapons take place at the checkpoints. A more extensive search of a detainee must be approved by the watch commander.

MPD says the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau is investigating Parker’s death.

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