A second suspect in the beating death of veteran New York Times reporter David Rosenbaum was arrested Friday night and charged with felony murder.
The suspect, Percy Jordan Jr., is a cousin of Michael Hamlin, who was arrested Thursday and also was charged with felony murder in Rosenbaum’s death.
Metropolitan Police Department Sgt. John Johnson would not comment on whether Hamlin gave his cousin’s name to police or whether Jordan had confessed.
Jordan will be arraigned today, Johnson said.
Earlier Friday, Rosenbaum was remembered by journalists and lawmakers as a quiet hero of his profession.
Rosenbaum, 63, died Sunday, two days after he was beaten and robbed in his usually quiet northwest Washington neighborhood.
“I have spent a week trying to come to grips with everything,” Philip Taubman, The New York Times’ Washington bureau chief, told a standing- room-only audience at a memorial service on Capitol Hill. “It was unfathomable, unthinkable, unspeakable.”
Rosenbaum’s career spanned eight presidencies over 37 years as a Times reporter and editor.
Hamlin, 23, of Washington, turned himself in to police after seeing television broadcasts of a surveillance videotape that allegedly showed him using a credit card stolen from Rosenbaum. Hamlin later confessed to being one of two men who beat Rosenbaum with a metal pipe and robbed him, police said.