News Release, Prince George’s County Police Department

Homicide Unit detectives arrested a suspect in connection with a homicide in Temple Hills that took place in December. The suspect is 23-year-old Donnell Cato of the 4600 block of Birchtree Lane in Temple Hills.

He is charged with fatally shooting 25-year-old Brian Crayton. Jr, of Rock Lynn Circle in Waldorf.

Donnell Cato, Mugshot via PGPD

On December 1, 2018, at about 2:15 am, patrol officers were called to the 4000 block of Birchtree Lane in Temple Hills for the report of a shooting. When they arrived, officers found Crayton suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead on the scene. 

The preliminary investigation reveals the fatal shooting stemmed from an on-going dispute among acquaintances.  Cato is charged with first and second degree murder and related charges. 

He is currently in custody in Washington, DC awaiting extradition to Prince George’s County. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.)

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