Two weeks after a 71-year-old woman was stabbed and killed over a television inside her handicapped-accessible home in Capitol Heights, Prince George’s police have made an arrest.
Officers arrested James Alphonso Ward, 46, of the 1305 block of Chapel Lane in Capitol Heights, charging him with first-degree murder.
On Feb. 9 in the 1200 block of Chapel Oaks Drive, officers responded to McIntyre’s home for a welfare check, police said.
Police said a person came to check on McIntyre’s condition when they noticed her suffering from multiple stab wounds and called police.
McIntyre was taken to an area hospital but died soon after being transported, according to charging documents.
Maj. Michael Straughan, the police department’s homicide unit commander, said Ward was known to McIntyre, and he helped with things around the house since she was elderly, and McIntyre had given him food on multiple occasions. He said that is how Ward became acquainted to McIntyre, eventually allegedly stabbing her over her 32-inch plasma TV.
Straughan said police arrested Ward on Feb. 12 in connection with an unrelated burglary and recovered the stolen TV on Friday, which linked him to McIntyre’s killing.
Charging documents show Ward sold the TV to someone Feb. 9, and that person then told police they believed the TV belonged to McIntyre.
“Everybody has a grandmother, so this hits home for all of us,” said Straughan while the case was being investigated. “Obviously when a vulnerable elderly is lost, it becomes a top priority for us. Prince George’s Police Department cannot tolerate somebody doing this to our elderly.”
In a press conference Monday announcing the arrest, Police Chief Mark Magaw said killing vulnerable residents is “senseless violence.”
“We all deserve better,” he said.
An attorney for Ward was not listed with the courts by Monday, according to online county court records.
Antoinette Ward, 43, said she is James Ward’s sister and said she doesn’t believe her brother was involved in the homicide.
“I don’t think he did it,” Antoinette Ward said. “I don’t know what’s wrong with him.”
Ward was convicted of a robbery with a dangerous weapon in 1984, according to online court records.