A Hyattsville man is on the run after a rent dispute, and the U.S. marshals are on the hunt for his whereabouts.
Law enforcement officials say 30-year-old Elvys Valenzuela stabbed his roommate during a fight at their Hyattsville home last month. The roommates were arguing over the rent, and Valenzuela stabbed the other man in the head, police said. Valenzuela has been on the run ever since, and is wanted on a charge of attempted murder.
Authorities believe Valenzuela is still in the area, and they are asking for information that could lead to his arrest.
"Elvys seems to have a bit of an unstable personality and clearly reacts violently when confronted and makes poor decisions," said Supervisory Inspector Matt Burke, of the Capital Area Fugitive Task Force. "We would like to get him into custody before he makes even worse decisions while on the run."
Valenzuela, who has lived in Hyattsville and Silver Spring, tries to make money by buying and selling cars, and stripping cars for parts, police said. He may frequent auto auctions.
Valenzuela is listed as 5-foot-7 and 250 pounds with tattoos on his left and right forearm.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force at 301-489-1717.
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