Prince William county VA March 8 2017 Jamel Carlos Kingsbury, 35, was arrested Tuesday in Washington, D.C., in connection with the weekend stabbing death of a loss prevention officer at Potomac Mills mall.
Kingsbury is charged with murder in the slaying of Larry Donnell Drumgole, 44, of Rappahannock Academy in Caroline County. Drumgole was a loss prevention officer at Burlington Coat Factory in Potomac Mills.
Kingsbury was identified as a suspect following an investigation into an unrelated domestic dispute Saturday morning, said Prince William County police Sgt. Jonathan Perok.
Kingsbury, police say, was spotted shoplifting inside the store around 2:30 p.m. and confronted by two plain-clothes loss prevention employees as he tried to leave. A struggle ensued and one of the guards was stabbed outside the mall, Perok said. The other guard was not hurt. Drumgole was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died of his injuries.
Police have not released exactly what was stolen in the shoplifting, but said it was one low-value item.
Both security officers worked for Burlington.
Police in D.C. received information on Kingsbury’s whereabouts Tuesday and arrested him without incident. He is being held without bond pending extradition to Virginia.
Prince William County police spokesman Nathan Probus said the stabbing is the first time in recent history that a security officer has been injured in a confrontation at the mall.
“It’s a tragic situation,” he said.
On a memorial GoFundMe page set up to benefit Drumgole’s wife and children, his sister, Tiffany Walker, said he “always had a smile on his face.”
“If you ever came across him at work, he greeted you and offered his help in any way,” she wrote.
In a statement Monday, Potomac Mills spokeswoman Bethany Zorn asked that all inquiries be directed to the police department.
“Potomac Mills extends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Drumgole,” Zorn said in the statement. “Mall management and security continue to work closely with the Prince William County Police Department to share any information that may lead to the arrest of the individual involved.”
The case is Prince William County’s third homicide of 2017.
Prince Williams Times