‘Person of interest’ in Spotsylvania clerk’s brutal slaying apprehended

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. -- Authorities have a man in custody they are calling a "person of interest" in a Spotsylvania County gas station clerk's brutal slaying early Saturday morning.

Deputies with the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office said a suspect walked into the Sunoco in the 5300 block of Jefferson Davis Highway at 1:35 a.m.

"After several minutes, the suspect brutally attacked the store clerk, a 54-year-old male, causing the death of the victim," officials said in a news release.

David Junior Washington

David Junior Washington

"I can tell you in the 40 years in this business, it’s one of the most brutal and violent attacks I’ve ever seen," Capt. Jeff Pearce said. "It’s gut-wrenching to see someone who’s just doing his job to get attacked this way."

Detectives named 50-year-old David Junior Washington, of no fixed address in Spotsylvania, as a "person of interest."

Authorities said Washington was taken into custody without incident at the Dunning Mills apartments in Fredericksburg.

The victim's identity has not yet been released, but friends described him as a hardworking father.

"You would see him around and he was a very nice, friendly guy," said Gaberiel Dit.

Capt. Pearce wouldn't specify how the victim was killed.

Deputies said their investigation continues.

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with any information to contact them at 540-582-5822 or Crime Solvers at 1-800-928-5822.

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Surveillance photo

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