Murder suspect arrested for beating elderly DC man, torching apartment

Authorities in the nation’s capital have made an arrest in connection to the murder of a 66-year-old man in his home earlier this year.

According to WTOP, Awlachew Ayele was found dead in his apartment on the morning of January 26.

Firefighters responded to a residential fire on D.C.’s north side and found the victim in the scorched residence.

Ayele was pronounced dead at the scene. Several months later, a medical examiner’s report attributed his death to factors including blunt force injury and inhalation of smoke and soot from the fire.

Also included in that June update was confirmation that the victim’s death had been ruled a homicide.

A statement by police at the time cited “multiple blunt force injuries” and as among the “other significant conditions” that, along with the fire, contributed to Ayele’s death.

Soon after his death, fire investigators determined the blaze was ignited intentionally. Officials did not immediately classify the fire as a suspected case of arson, however, which would have required evidence that there was some criminal intent behind setting it.

Authorities arrested 40-year-old Garrett Taylor on Friday on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Fire investigators determined the blaze was ignited intentionally.