Erika Peters

WTOP reports that Joseph Randolph Mays was arrested for the triple homicide in Northeast yesterday. Mays is alleged to have killed Erika Peters and two of her children. Mays was Peters live-in boyfriend. The station writes:

“Police say Peters and one young boy were dead at the scene. The second young victim was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police say Mays was found inside the apartment suffering from non-life threatening injuries. He was taken into police custody and treated at the hospital.

A third child was found unharmed and is now being cared for by Child Protective Services.

The homicide remains under investigation and anyone who has information about the case should call police at (202) 727-9099 or 1-888-919-2746.”

WJLA is reporting the news of the Mays arrest as well and goes on to describe the scene at the Carver Terrace Apartments:

“What began as a call for a disturbance in the 2000 block of Maryland Avenue in NE around 2:15 p.m Saturday quickly turned deadly. First responders referred to the scene as ‘very disturbing’ and ‘gruesome.'”

2:37 Update: Here is the D.C. Police Department’s press release on the Mays arrest:

“On Saturday, March 21, 2009, 44-year-old Joseph Randolph Mays was arrested and charged with three counts of Murder 1 While Armed.

Shortly after 1 p.m., on Saturday, March 21, 2009, members assigned to the Department’s Fifth District responded to the 2000 block of Maryland Avenue, NE to investigate a call for service. Upon arrival, officers requested the assistance of D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel to provide forced entry into the location. Once inside of the location they discovered four victims suffering from apparent trauma to the body.

Victim #1 is identified as 37-year-old Erika Peters, who was pronounced dead on the scene. Victim #2 who’s identity is not being release because he is a juvenile, was pronounced dead on the scene. Victim # 3 who’s identity is not being release because he is a juvenile, was transported to an area hospital in critical condition. The victim was subsequently pronounced dead.

The suspect 44-year-old Joseph Randolph Mays was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was treated and released into the custody of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch.

This case remains under investigation by the Metropolitan Police Department. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call police at (202) 727-9099 or 1(888) 919-CRIM[E] (1-888-919-2746).

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.”

*photo courtesty of WJLA