Police: Suspect found driving slain woman’s car in Calvert County

A day after a Calvert County, Maryland, woman was found dead in the living room of her Prince Frederick home, a suspect accused in her killing has been arrested, Maryland State Police said.

David H. Johnson, 48, a recent resident of Prince Frederick, was arrested Tuesday morning, state police said. He faced multiple charges, including first-degree murder, home invasion and assault. More charges are pending.

On Monday morning, 71-year-old Rose M. Long was found dead in her Stafford Road home by a relative who had gone to visit her. Troopers from the Prince Frederick Barrack who responded to the call found the scene in disarray, as well as evidence of assault, state police said.

Investigators found that Long, who lived alone, was assaulted and killed within the last two days.

Long’s car was missing, and authorities believed the suspect took it.

Investigators developed evidence that named Johnson as a suspect. Around 5 a.m. Tuesday, someone spotted Long’s car and called police.

A state trooper and a county deputy sheriff stopped the car on Route 4 at Skinners Turn Road in Owings, and the driver was identified as Johnson. He got out of the car and was arrested without incident, state police said.

Johnson was apparently staying at a home in Long’s neighborhood for the past few months; he was previously living in D.C., state police said.

Investigators are still looking into a possible motive, and they’re awaiting results from Long’s autopsy.

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Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Writer/Editor for WTOP.com. He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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