The Daughter of a Former US Diplomat Is Accused Of Stabbing A Man To Death


MARYLAND — are investigating the death of Yousuf Rasmussen, age 24, of Brookes Lane in Bethesda, as a homicide.

The suspect, 27-year-old Sophia Negroponte of an unconfirmed address, was arrested at the scene and charged with first-degree murder.

On Thursday, February 13, at 11:16 p.m., 1st District officers, Rockville City police officers, and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to a residence in the 400 block of W. Montgomery Avenue for the report of a stabbing that had just occurred. Responding officers located Rasmussen inside the residence suffering from what appeared to be a cutting wound. Rasmussen was pronounced deceased at the scene.

During the investigation, detectives determined that Rasmussen and Negroponte were acquaintances and that they were involved in a disagreement while inside the home on W. Montgomery Avenue. During the disagreement, Rasmussen was injured.

Rasmussen’s body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the manner and cause of his death.

Bond information for Negroponte is not yet available.

Negroponte is the daughter of John Negroponte, a former US diplomat who served in multiple roles in the administration of President George W. Bush. According to CNN, He was the country’s first director of national intelligence in 2005. He served as US ambassador to the United Nations from 2001 to 2004 and later served as deputy Secretary of State from 2007 to 2009..

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