There is a break in the case of a hotel restaurant manager who was shot and killed last week.
Jesse Chavez was murdered as he tried to stop a gunman who was leaving the Clarion Hotel in Oxon Hill.
Three men were arrested over the weekend after someone recognized the shooter on surveillance video recorded during the holdup.
Prince George's County police say three young men from Southeast D.C. were involved in the crime at the hotel near National Harbor -- the gunman, a lookout and a wheelman.
All three were taken into custody and charged with murder after the hotel’s video cameras captured a near perfect picture of the gunman stealing money from the front desk.
After the footage was released to the news media, someone recognized the gunman as Deandre Weems and called police.
A reward of up to $25,000 was offered for information in the case and police say that person will be rewarded.
"The suspects are all from Southeast Washington D.C.,” said Julie Parker, the department’s Director of Media Relations. “The gunman is identified as 20-year-old Deandre Weems, the lookout is 18-year-old Rinaldo Washington, and the getaway driver is 23-year-old Kimfrey Williams.”
Police say the getaway car was a stolen Toyota Camry found torched in D.C. and the gun was found during a search of Weems’ apartment on 6th Street in Southeast D.C.
"With the assistance of our firearms examinations unit, (investigators) were able to make a positive match on this gun that was used to murder Mr. Chavez," said Captain George Nichols.
On October 21 just after 10 p.m., police say 27-year-old Jesse Chavez heard the screams of his co-worker and went to help. Something he had a reputation for doing any time there was trouble at the hotel.
FOX 5 talked to his mother the day after the murder.
"I just pray for my family, for me and for Jesse because it's been very difficult. He's been a loving son, a loving brother, he has spoiled me rotten," said Vivian Chavez, "He was very loving. For a 27-year-old man to walk around holding his mother’s hand --how often do you see that?”
During a late morning news conference at police headquarters in Palmer Park, Parker said detectives had worked the case around the clock.
"When the lead detective went to the family and let them know the good news for them that three people were in custody, the family repeatedly blessed that detective and thanked him for what this department had done,” Parker said.
Police suspect the three men are responsible for other robberies in the area and investigators are now looking at similar cases to see if they can connect the men to the crimes.
All three men are being held without bond.
No one was home at the Chavez residence when a reporter went there earlier Monday, and so far FOX 5 has been unable to reach the family.
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