1 arrested in artist’s Capitol Hill slaying

WASHINGTON — D.C. police have arrested a suspect in the slaying of a North Carolina woman, who was fatally stabbed in a row house near Capitol Hill last week.

Police identified the suspect as 28-year-old El Hadji Alpha Madiou Toure, of no fixed address, and said he was arrested Monday. He’s been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 34-year-old Corrina Mehiel, an artist visiting D.C.

Mehiel was last seen at the Corcoran Art Gallery two days before her body was found in the Northeast D.C. row house March 21. Police said she had been bound and stabbed to death.

There were no signs of forced entry into the home and police said they had nothing to suggest the killing was random. Mehiel’s blue 2004 Toyota Prius was missing and police said earlier this week they believed the suspect may have been driving it. As of Monday, police said they had recovered Mehiel’s vehicle.

On Monday, police released images of a person of interest sought in connection with Mehiel’s death captured by surveillance video.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and acting Police Chief Peter Newsham are expected to provide more details about the arrest during a news conference Tuesday morning.

Hugh Garbrick

Hugh graduated from the University of Maryland’s journalism college in 2020. While studying, he interned at the Queen Anne & Magnolia News, a local paper in Seattle, and reported for the school’s Capital News Service. Hugh is a lifelong MoCo resident, and has listened to the local radio quite a bit.

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