2020 | Police & Fire

UPDATED: Man charged with murdering another man in Takoma Park area

Police said they were responding to call for assault

This story was updated at 11:38 a.m. on July 8, 2020 to include the name of the victim

Takoma Park police have charged a man with murdering another man early Tuesday morning after they say an assault happened.

Eric Alton Andrews, 41, of Hyattsville, is charged with killing Michael Lavon Woods, 44, of Hyattsville, early Tuesday morning in the 8300 block of Flower Avenue, police said.

Police wrote in a press release that officers responded to a call for an assault around 12:20 a.m. and when they arrived, they found Woods lying in the grass, unresponsive. First responders tried to save his life.

Woods was taken to a hospital, where he died of his injuries, police said.

Police identified Woods as the victim on Wednesday morning after his family had been notified.

Police wrote that they focused on Andrews as a suspect through investigation, found him and arrested him. He has been charged with one count each of first- and second-degree murder, police said.

Police did not provide any other details about the circumstances surrounding the death or the murder charge.

No court record for Andrews was available as of 2:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com