UPDATE: Arrest Made in Murder of Lusby Man at Suburban Hospital

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UPDATE Jan. 6 Arrest Made/ Statement from Brockington Family

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division – Homicide/Sex Section today announce the arrest and charging of the individual responsible for the January 1, 2011, homicide at Suburban Hospital of Roosevelt Brockington, Jr., age 40, from the 11200 block of Sitting Bull Circle in Lusby, Maryland.

Last night at approximately 9:20, police received a call from Suburban Hospital to assist them with the investigation of a suspicious situation.  Second District officers and detectives from the Major Crimes Division responded.  Through the course of that investigation it was learned that a male co-worker of Brockington’s appeared to be disposing of clothing items to include what looked like a black ski mask and gloves.  It was further learned that Brockington was the suspect’s immediate supervisor and that Brockington had recently reprimanded him several times which resulted in a performance appraisal denying him a raise.  While it has not yet been confirmed, it is likely that was the motive for the homicide.

The suspect co-worker was identified as Keith Little, age 49, of the 6300 block of Barrs Lane in Lanham, Maryland.  He was taken into custody last night and charged today with first-degree murder.  He is currently being held without bond at the Montgomery County Detention Center. 

It was an alert co-worker at the hospital last night who observed the clothing items in a bucket and Little treating them with chemicals.  When Little told fellow employees that he needed to step outside, that witness employee noticed that the bucket with the clothing items had been removed.  The witness employee immediately notified a supervisor and police were called.  

Detectives can now confirm that on the morning of Saturday, January 1, at approximately 9:45, Brockington was speaking on his cell phone with a friend.  That friend overheard a male voice in the room saying, “Give me your money”, Brockington asking not to be hurt, and then screams before the phone went dead.  There was no mention of a name during the overheard conversation and detectives theorized that the suspect had disguised his identity. 

When police arrived at the scene at approximately 10:30 a.m. they were directed to the boiler room office located in the basement of the hospital where they found Brockington unresponsive.  Despite emergency rescue efforts on the part of hospital staff, Brockington was pronounced dead at the scene.  The autopsy results received on Monday, January 3, confirmed the manner of death was homicide and the cause of death was multiple stab wounds.

Detectives have no evidence that anyone else was involved in this homicide and this arrest closes this case, the first homicide of 2011 in Montgomery County.

Below is a statement from the Brockington Family:

The parents of Roosevelt Brockington, Jr. have requested that police issue the following statement on their behalf:

We would like to express our gratitude to the administration and staff of Suburban Hospital and to the Montgomery County Police Department.  The hospital has provided excellent support to us during this horrible ordeal.  We are particularly grateful to the detectives who have so thoroughly

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