WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in Washington, D.C. is actively seeking a suspect in connection to the fatal assault of 41-year-old Vivek Taneja of Alexandria, Virginia. Taneja was found critically injured in the early hours of February 2 on the 1100 block of 15th Street NW, a stone’s throw away from the White House.
Upon arriving at the scene, officers discovered Taneja suffering from severe injuries due to an assault. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he tragically succumbed to his injuries five days later, on February 7. The incident took place outside a Greek restaurant, where authorities found Taneja on the pavement.
Taneja held the position of co-founder and president at Dynamo Technologies, a company based in Vienna, Virginia. Dynamo Technologies specializes in providing technology, project management, and financial consulting solutions to the federal government. In June, the company, in partnership with Alpha Omega, secured a 5-year, $70 million contract with the United States Department of Agriculture Office of the Chief Information Office Information Security Center Program and Security Management.
Taneja’s academic credentials include a master’s degree in science from George Mason University and a doctorate in engineering from George Washington University in D.C.
The MPD is encouraging anyone with information related to the case to come forward, offering a reward of up to $25,000. Tips can be submitted by calling 202-727-9099 or anonymously via the department’s TEXT TIP LINE at 50411.
In 2023, Washington, D.C. experienced a surge in violent crime, recording 274 homicides, the highest number since 1997. This spike in crime placed the nation’s capital fifth in the ranking of U.S. cities with the highest murder rates.