DC police search for teen connected to Northeast shooting

WASHINGTON — D.C. police are seeking the public’s help in locating an 18-year-old connected to the January death of a 16-year-old in Northeast.

Police are looking for Dekale Bowman, 18, in connection to the January homicide of a 16-year-old in Northeast D.C. (Courtesy D.C. police)

Police say Dekale Bowman, of Northeast, is currently wanted on an outstanding D.C. Superior Court bench warrant in a homicide that happened on Jan. 25 in the 100 block of Mount Olivet Road.

Court records obtained by NBC Washington indicate that Bowman, who was being held on theft and other charges in Maryland, was released on Thursday on “personal recognizance” rather than returned to D.C. police custody.

Bowman did not come for a court appearance in D.C. that was scheduled Friday, May 4.

A Department of Youth Rehabilitative Services representative reported that Bowman did not return voluntarily and was not supervised by any authorities.

Police say Bowman was in a relationship with Taiyania Thompson when she was shot in the face. She was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and died three days later.

He was ordered held without bond following a preliminary hearing in March, during which Thompson’s relatives and friends got into a shouting match with Bowman.

D.C. police arrested Bowman on Jan. 30, two days after Thompson was pronounced dead. Police say the shooting was related to a domestic dispute.

Bowman told a witness the shooting was an accident. He is charged with second-degree murder while armed in the shooting.

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