Police Make Arrest Made In DC Intern Murder Case

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Alonte Sutton (Provided by the DC Council)

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA/AP) -- An arrest has been made in the murder of a Southeast Washington teen who worked as an intern for a city councilman. 

Sources close to the Alonte Sutton murder investigation first told 9NEWS NOW that police had made an arrest in the case late Tuesday afternoon. 

Officials later identified the suspect as 28-year-old Omare Ishmael Cotton of Southeast, DC and said Cotton had been charged with First Degree Murder in connection with the death of Mr. Sutton.

The arrest was made sometime after 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, but police sources say Cotton had been under police surveillance for at least the past 24 hours.

On Monday, Captain Michael Farish said investigators had identified a person of interest in the case, and that Sutton may have been acquainted with the alleged killer.

Officers found the Sutton's body in a ravine in southeast Washington on Sunday. Sutton, 18, was a senior at Ballou High School, and worked as an intern in the offices of D.C. Council member Michael Brown.

Farish said 911 calls on Saturday reported gun shots at Newcomb Street S.E.   The next day, as police investigated a missing person report, they learned the teen had been chased into the woods, where officers found him dead.

Family members say Sutton had been in a dispute with a man after the teen refused to give the man's girlfriend a ride. 

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