Crime Update from the DC Police Union, City Wide

DC Crime Summary – October 29th – November 4th

A DC police officer was attacked by an ax wielding man on October 31st in Brookland. The officer was not struck, but he suffered non life-threatening injuries during the struggle and police are searching for the suspect.

Raj’saun Tyrik Brown, a one-month-old boy from Southeast, died after police found him unconscious on October 29th. Authorities are investigating the boy’s death as a homicide and an autopsy has revealed that the victim died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Inoe Javier Salvador, 41, was fatally stabbed in Columbia Heights on Wednesday, October 29th. He was the second person to be fatally stabbed in the neighborhood in the past month.

Latroia Smith, 25, was found dead inside of a burning building in Southeast on Sunday, November 2nd. Police do not yet know the cause of the victim’s death and homicide detectives are involved in the case. Ms. Smith was a mother to three young boys.

A man was shot near the Shaw-Howard Metro Station on Monday, November 3rd. The victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds and police are looking for a suspect in his 20s who was last seen wearing a gray hoodie and blue jeans.

Alex Patrick McCoy was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Wednesday, October 29th, after he pleaded guilty to rape of an acquaintance. According to police reports, Mr. McCoy smoked crack cocaine before raping the victim in February 2013.

A video has been released of 8 persons of interest linked to the rape of a woman in Southeast. According to the police, the suspects abducted the victim and brought her to an abandoned row house before committing first-degree sexual abuse.

Kenneth Clayton escaped from a psychiatric hospital on Monday, November 3rd. According to police reports, he fled through the back door. Mr. Clayton had been arrested on Sunday, November 2nd for assault on a police officer and he was under DC’s Department of Corrections’ custody.

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City-Wide Highlights

A DC police officer was attacked by an ax wielding man in Brookland on early Halloween morning. The officer suffered non life-threatening injuries and police are searching for the suspect. • There were 2 cases of sex abuse reported this week in the District and there have been 12 more cases of sex abuse reported this year compared to the same time last year. This past week, 839 total crimes were reported in DC including 161 violent crimes. • Total crime has increased by 7% and property crime has increased by 11% compared to the same 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

November 4th

Washington Post: Man who escaped from psychiatric institute in DC ran out the door of ‘restricted wing’ “An arrestee who escaped from a Northwest Washington psychiatric hospital on Monday fled through a back door of a room that law enforcement officers were barred from entering, according to the D.C. Department of Corrections.”

WJLA (ABC News): 9-year-old boy struck in the head by DC gunfire is on his way to recovery “A 9-year-old boy who was shot in the head, during what police are calling a random shooting in Northeast Washington, is making an incredible recovery. If you believe in miracles, most agree young Jaydan Stancil would qualify; at first, many feared the boy wouldn’t make it.”

Laptops were stolen from a Southeast DC polling location

November 3rd

MyFoxDC: Man shot near Shaw-Howard U Metro station “D.C. police say a man has been shot near the Shaw-Howard U Metro station Monday night. Police say the call for the shooting came in at around 9:33 p.m. at 8th and R Streets in Northwest D.C.”

NBC Washington: Latroia Smith, DC mom of 3, found dead in abandoned, burning apartment “A 25-year-old mother of three young boys was found dead Sunday morning inside a burning home in Southeast D.C. Police have not yet released the cause of Latroia Smith’s death, but homicide detectives have been involved in the investigation. Smith’s body was found Sunday just after 6 a.m. in the 2700 block of Langston Place SE. Since then, the apartment where she was found has been under police guard and cordoned off by crime scene tape.”

Washington Post: DC detainee, accused of assault, escapes from psychiatric institute “Authorities are searching for a man who on Monday morning escaped from officers with the D.C. Department of Corrections who had taken him to the Psychiatric Institute of Washington in Northwest. The man was identified as Kenneth Clayton who lives in Northeast. His age was either 31 or 35; it varies in different court documents.”

DC police activate six new speed cameras and two stop sign cameras across the District

November 2nd

Washington Post: DC police search for gunman in NE shooting that injured one man “Metcalf said the man, who was not identified by authorities, did not suffer life-threatening injuries in the shooting, but his condition was unknown Sunday afternoon. Authorities are searching for a shooter. No other details were available, Metcalf said.”

Washington Post: DC police investigate death of infant boy found in Southeast as a homicide “Authorities are investigating the death of a one-month-old boy in Southeast Washington last week as a homicide after an autopsy found the infant had blunt force impact injuries, D.C. police said Sunday.”

Washington Post: DC police make arrest in Oct. 9 shooting in Northeast Washington “Dominique Jamal Holmes was arrested about 11:30 a.m. Friday, said Officer Paul Metcalf, a department spokesman. Holmes was charged with assault with intent to kill stemming from an Oct. 9 incident.”

November 1st

Washington Post: Two shooting incidents in the District Halloween night that left four people injured “Two shooting incidents that occurred within a mile of each other Friday night left four people injured, but a police spokeswoman said there does not appear to be a connection between them.”

Michael Centanni, a well-known political fundraiser, was arrested for child pornography

October 31st

Washington Post: Man attacks DC police officer with ax “D.C. Police said they are looking for a man who attacked a police officer with an ax early Friday in Northeast. The incident happened around 3 a.m. near 13th and Perry streets NE when the D.C. police officer was approached by a man who had an ax, authorities said.”

DC police found a woman’s body in a building that was on fire in Southeast on Sunday, November 1st

Authorities are searching for a suspect responsible for sexual assault in Northeast on early Friday morning, October 31st

Police and District businesses announced a new partnership that will give police quicker access to video footage during crimes

October 30th

NBC Washington: DC man gets 18 years in rape of acquaintance “When the woman met McCoy at his Northwest apartment to buy the medication, prosecutors say the two smoked crack cocaine together that night and into the early-morning hours. The woman says McCoy’s demeanor changed suddenly and demanded that she have unprotected sex with him.”

Washington Post: Police identify man found fatally stabbed in Columbia Heights neighborhood “D.C. police have identified the man who was fatally stabbed Wednesday night in Columbia Heights. He was the second person to be stabbed and killed in that neighborhood in the past month. Inoe Javier Salvador, 41, of Gaithersburg, was stabbed multiple times, according to Officer Araz Alali, a department spokesman.”

NBC Washington: DC “masseur” accused of sex assault flees country “A woman says she was sexually assaulted by a masseur earlier this month at a Glover Park massage parlor who has fled the country. She went in for the appointment Oct. 4, where her masseur—who has now been identified as Zhenkai Tong—massaged her neck and back for approximately 30 minutes, then sexually assaulted her.”

DC police are searching for two persons of interest connected with an armed robbery in Southeast on Tuesday, October 28th

Authorities are searching for a suspect linked to a sexual assault and robbery on Thursday, October 30th

Chris Brown settled with assault victim for about $100,000 dollars

October 29th

Washington Post: Man is fatally stabbed in Northwest DC “A man was fatally stabbed Wednesday night in the Columbia Heights area of Northwest Washington, D.C. police said. The stabbing happened about 6:40 p.m. in the 1400 block of Perry Place NW, near 14th Street NW. Police said the victim was breathing but unconscious when he was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he later died.”

Washington Post: DC appeals court calls for new trial in ’93 murder case, citing ‘false evidence’ “The D.C. Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial for two District men convicted in a 1993 fatal shooting, finding that a detective and a prosecutor presented “false evidence” at the trial. In its ruling last week, the court said Gary Gathers and his childhood friend Keith Mitchell were convicted in the death of Wayne Ballard partly because of the misstatements made to the jury.”

WUSA9: DC police seek persons of interest in armed assault “The Metropolitan Police Department needs your help identifying two persons of interest in connection with an armed assault with a gun. The incident occurred in the 2800 block of Sherman Avenue, NW around 9:50 p.m. on October 27th, police said.”

Crime Tip of the Week

If you are having a night out on the town or going out to dinner with friends, alcohol is frequently involved. Unfortunately, thieves typically target individuals who have had too much to drink. In order to protect yourself from the prospect of a mugger, keep in mind the following tips.

Avoid drinking too much alcohol. It is easy to recognize people who have had too much to drink and alcohol in excess can lead to an assault.

If possible, do not walk alone. This is especially true at night when it is dark outside. Walking with a group of people, or even 1 other person, will decrease your chances of being mugged.

If someone does rob you, do not resist. It is better to give up your property than to risk your life.

Posted November 06 2014 at 3:15 PM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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