Kenneth Pelham Jr.    –    Tiara Pelham

DISTRICT HEIGHTS, Md. – The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit identified and charged two suspects wanted in connection with an assault that occurred in August. The victim, 35-year-old Steven Anthony Thompson of District Heights, died of his injuries on September 4th. The suspects are 31-year-old Kenneth Edward Pelham Jr. of the 1200 block of Chaplin Street in Southeast, Washington D.C. and 28-year-old Tiara Chantice Pelham of the 6000 block of Parkland Court in District Heights. The suspects are brother and sister.

On August 9th, at approximately 1:00 am, officers responded to a business in the 5800 block of Silver Hill Road for an assault. Officers located the victim unresponsive. He was rushed to a hospital. Thompson died several weeks later. An autopsy determined Thompson’s cause of death was blunt force head injuries with complications.

The preliminary investigation revealed both suspects assaulted the victim outside of the business before the victim was able to run into the store. Kenneth Pelham then continued the assault inside of the business. Kenneth Pelham and the victim were known to each other.

The two suspects have admitted their involvement in the crime. Both are charged with first and second degree murder and related charges. They are in the custody of the Department of Corrections. A court commissioner ordered them each held on a no-bond status.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 301-516-2512. 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.) Please refer to case number 20-0037237.