Crime Update from the DC Police Union, City Wide

DC Crime Summary – September 17th – September 23rd

Mark Kenyetta Bowser, Jr., 35, was arrested and charged with fatally stabbing Tracy Womack, 39, near the Benning Road Metro Station on Saturday, September 20th.

A body was found along a trail in Chillum Hills Prince George’s County and it is believed to be former DC Treasurer Lasana Mack. Mack was last seen on September 13th in North Michigan Park.

Tonya Reaves, 53, was killed by a hit-and-run driver on Saturday, September 20th. She was struck near the Shaw Metro Station while riding a bike.

Dwayne Williams, 29, was arrested for first-degree murder of Ronald Deacon Smith, 27, in Trinidad in November 2011.

Frances Lyles, 25, was ordered to remain in jail after she was arrested and charged with the first-degree murder of her son, Xavier Lyles, 3, in late June.

Christopher Fields, 33, was arrested and charged on Thursday, September 18th, with killing Devar Battle, 34, in Buena Vista.

A 9-year-old boy was shot on Saturday night, September 20th, in Fort Stanton. The child was taken to a local hospital to receive treatment.

There was a double stabbing on U Street NW at about 3:45 AM early Saturday morning, September 20th. Both victims were taken to a local hospital.

A 23-year-old female was struck by a motorbike and sent to an intensive care unit at a local hospital on Thursday, September 18th. The motorbike driver fled the scene and, according to witnesses, laughed after he saw the victim lying on the street.

Cristian Gutierrez, 22, was sentenced to over 11 years in prison after he pled guilty to child sexual abuse and child pornography charges he committed in 2013.

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City-Wide Highlights

This week last year, 12 people were fatally shot at the Naval Yard. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims. We would also like to take this time to remember those who risked their lives to save others. • Mark Kenyetta Bowser, Jr., 35, was arrested for fatally stabbing Tracy Womack, 39, in Benning on September 20th. • There have been 80 homicides reported so far this year. There were 4 cases of sex abuse reported this week in the District. Sex abuse has increased by 9% compared to this time last year. • 836 total crimes were reported this week in the District and crime is up 6% compared to this time last year.

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Latest Crime Stats

* The 2013 homicide total includes the 12 victims of the Navy Yard mass shooting.

Recent Crime News

September 23rd

Washington Post: Man found dead in Prince George’s believed to be missing former DC treasurer “A man found dead Saturday in Prince George’s County was believed to be Lasana K. Mack, a former D.C. treasurer who had been missing for several days, authorities said. Mack, 51, was last seen Sept. 13 and was later reported missing from the 2200 block of Taylor Street NE, where he lived, D.C. police said.”

WUSA9: Suspect sought in DC stabbing “A man was stabbed around 6 p.m. Tuesday at 11th and Irving St NW, D.C., police said. The suspect is being described as a Hispanic man, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, with a light complexion. He was wearing a black hat, a white shirt, blue jeans, and black and white shoes, police said.”

WUSA9: DC police to start wearing body cameras “D.C. police officer will start wearing body cameras, Mayor Gray and Police Chief Cathy Lanier will announce Wednesday.”

Washington Post: DC woman gets 10 months in embezzlement from charity “A District woman was sentenced Tuesday to 10 months in prison and three years’ supervised release for embezzling more than $193,000 from a charity from 2004 to 2008, authorities said.”

NBC Washington: Mother of four kids Deandria M. Conyers found dead in Southeast home “Police say Deandria M. Conyers’ grandfather found her body just before 9 p.m. Sept. 14—two of her four children were home when she was shot to death. They were uninjured.”

September 22nd

MyFoxDC: Why DC police officers are afraid to tell you what’s really going on “Former D.C. Police Chief Charles Ramsey was easily available for interviews. And Chief Ramsey let his officers give the media information on crime. In contrast, Chief Lanier turns down almost all interview requests. She rarely allows her officers to talk to the media.”

Washington Post: DC police make arrest in fatal shooting in 2011 “A Southeast Washington man was arrested Monday in connection with a fatal shooting in D.C. from 2011, authorities said. Dwayne Williams, 29, faces first-degree murder charges in the killing of Ronald Deacon Smith, 27, D.C. police said.”

Washington Post: Restaurant owner, son fined and sentenced to probation in bribery attempts “The owner of two popular Chinatown restaurants and his son were each sentenced Monday to 24 months probation and a $5,000 fine by U.S. District Chief Judge Richard W. Roberts for seeking to make illegal payments to two public officials to start a taxi and tow-truck business.”

Mark Kenyetta Bowser, Jr. was arrested and charged with fatally stabbing Tracy Womack on Saturday, September 20th

Cristian Gutierrez, 22, was sentenced to 11 years in prison for child pornography

Authorities are searching for a person of interest in an armed robbery in SE

September 21st

Washington Post: Boy shot, injured Saturday in Southeast Washington “A 9-year-old boy was shot Saturday night in Southeast Washington but did not suffer life-threatening injuries, D.C. police said. Officer Paul Metcalf said the shooting occurred outdoors at about 9 p.m., in the 2400 block of Elvans Road SE, near Suitland Parkway.”

A teenage male was shot Saturday night while playing basketball in DC

Lasana K. Mack, former DC treasurer, was reported as missing

September 20th

Washington Post: Police respond to double stabbing on U Street “D.C. police responded to a double stabbing near the intersection of 18th and U streets in Northwest Washington about 3:45 a.m. Saturday. Officers found two adult male victims, both conscious and breathing, said department spokesman Officer Hugh Carew.”

WJLA (ABC News): Dangerous motorbike riders in DC hit woman, then laugh it off and leave scene “[A] 23-year-old woman who was struck by both a car and a motorbike on Alabama Avenue in the District Wednesday night is the latest in what appears to be a growing trend of dangerous motorbike riding in the city.”

NBC Washington: Bicyclist killed in hit-and-run crash “District of Columbia police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist in northwest Washington. Police say the bicyclist was riding on 8th Street NW near S Street when she was struck by an SUV about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Investigators say the light-colored SUV was last seen fleeing toward Rhode Island Avenue.”

DC police are searching for burglars who used ladders to break into homes

September 19th

Washington Post: Jorida Davidson sentenced to three years in prison for 2010 fatal hit-and-run “In 2011, a jury found Jorida Davidson, 34, guilty of negligent homicide in the Oct. 7, 2010, death of Kiela M. Ryan, 24, of Howard County. Ryan was fatally struck by Davidson’s Lexus sport-utility vehicle after Ryan got out of a parked car. Davidson was sentenced to more than three years following that verdict.”

Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) will hold a public roundtable discussion about safety procedures at DC General Family Shelter and Relisha Rudd’s disappearance

DC male pleads guilty to sexually assault 9-year-old girl in Greensbelt, Maryland

September 18th

Washington Post: DC police arrest suspect in year-old homicide “Christopher Fields, 33, was arrested by the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force and charged Thursday with the murder of Devar Battle, 34, of Southeast Washington. Battle was found on the 3000 block of 30th Street SE on Sept. 28, 2013, suffering from gunshot wounds to the chest, back, arms, and legs. He died that day.”

Washington Post: Two men charged in 1996 shooting in Northwest Washington “Wednesday night, detectives arrested Curtis Farmer, 44, of Northwest and charged him with first-degree murder while armed in connection with the slaying of Michael Davy. Davy was shot multiple times on Feb. 19, 1996, in the unit block of Rhode Island Avenue NW. Alexander Passee, 39, of Bowie was arrested early Thursday and is also charged with first-degree murder while armed in the case.”

September 17th

Washington Post: DC mother to remain in jail in death of 3-year-old son “On Wednesday, a D.C. Superior Court judge ordered Lyles, 25, to remain in jail in the June 23 fatal beating of her son. Lyles was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree murder and cruelty to children.”

Washington Post: Prosecutors offer ANC commissioner a plea deal in assault on homeless man “During a hearing in D.C. Superior Court Wednesday, prosecutors offered the plea agreement to Robert Leo Dwyer, 32, who is charged with misdemeanor simple assault in a July 28 altercation with a homeless man in the 1600 block of 17th Street NW.”

Police are searching for a person of interest in a robbery in Brentwood

Crime Tip of the Week

As Capital Bikeshare stations spread across DC, it is important that cyclists are familiar with safety protocols. Here a few tips to remember if you find yourself biking through DC city streets:

Do not wear headsets while you are biking. Listening to music or talking on the phone can prevent you from hearing a car that is approaching.

Utilize bike lanes when possible and remember that biking on the sidewalk in downtown DC is not permitted.

Remember to use turn signals and obey the rules of traffic lights and signs.

Last but not least, ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET.

Posted September 24 2014 at 7:17 PM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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