Crime Update from the DC Police Union, City Wide

DC Crime Summary – November 5th – November 11th

Tuesday, November 11th, marked Veterans Day, and the DC Police Union would like to honor all Veterans and their families.

Frances Lyles, 25, was indicted on Wednesday, November 5th, on a first-degree murder charge of her 3-year-old son, Xavier. Frances Lyles allegedly beat her son to death and she is facing a life sentence without parole.

Tyrron Lamont Sweeney, 22, was arrested on Friday, November 7th, and charged with two counts of first-degree murder while armed earlier this year.

A man was stabbed at the Gallery Place Metro station on Saturday night, November 8th. The victim suffered non life-threatening injuries and a suspect has been placed in custody.

Edgar Blanco, 18, was arrested for stabbing and killing Inoe Javier Salvador, 41, on October 29th, in Columbia Heights. Mr. Blanco was charged with first-degree murder.

Andrew Allen, Keith Bobb, and Arnell Smith were sentenced to 20-25 years in jail after they pleaded guilty to a drive-by shooting that left 13 people injured in 2013.

A man was stabbed near the Dupont Circle Metro station on Wednesday, November 5th. A suspect has been arrested and police believe this is an instance of domestic violence.

A woman riding along the Metropolitan Branch Trail was pulled off her bike, robbed, and assaulted by a stranger on Wednesday, November 5th.

There have been three robberies at gunpoint in Northwest over the past 10 days that may be related. In each instance, two robbers approached the victims from behind as they showed a gun.

Kenneth Clayton, an arrestee who escaped from a psychiatric institute, was captured on Friday afternoon, November 7th, in Manassas.

A Georgetown University student was sentenced to a year in prison after he was convicted of producing ricin in his dormitory room earlier this year.

Mark Alan Wall, a DC real estate agent, was indicted by a grand jury on Monday, November 3rd for money laundering. Authorities believe he was involved in a $300,000 scheme.

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City-Wide Highlights

Tuesday, November 11th, marked Veterans Day, and the DC Police Union would like to honor all Veterans and their families. • There were 6 cases of sex abuse reported this week in the District and there have been 14 more cases of sex abuse reported this year compared to the same time last year. This past week, 826 total crimes were reported in DC including 123 violent crimes. • Total crime has increased by 8% and property crime has increased by 12% 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 11th

Washington Post: 18-year-old man is arrested for Columbia Heights murder “An 18-year-old man was arrested Tuesday for the stabbing death of a Gaithersburg man in Columbia Heights two weeks ago. Edgar Blanco of Northwest D.C. was charged with first-degree murder.”

Washington Post: 2 held, 1 sought after gunshots in NE “Five people were shot in the District on Monday night and Tuesday morning, and gunshots were fired in at least one other incident. Nobody was reported hit in the most recent incident, but arrests were made.”

WUSA9: Police searching for suspect in Shaw neighborhood shooting “D.C. police are searching for a suspect in a shooting that occurred Tuesday night in the Shaw neighborhood. Police say an officer observed multiple shots being fired from one vehicle at another in the 1200 block of 3rd St., Northeast. As the officer activated his lights to conduct a stop of the vehicle, it fled the scene.”

A 16-year-old boy was shot while he was playing football on Monday evening, November 10th

Alicia McCoy, 19, is accused of using a Taser during a brawl near Dupont Circle

Jayden Stancil, 9, is showing remarkable improvements in his recovery after he was shot in the head five weeks ago

November 10th

Washington Post: Georgetown student gets 1-year term for possession of ricin he said was for suicide “A Georgetown University student who was arrested for manufacturing the deadly chemical ricin in his dormitory room in March, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to a year and a day in prison.”

55-year-old man is arrested after he burglarized a congresswoman’s home on Friday, November 7th

November 9th

WUSA9: Man stabbed after possible DC robbery attempt “A man was stabbed in the stomach after a possible robbery attempt in SE, D.C. Sunday night, according to DC Communications.”

Police are searching for two suspects connected with a stabbing on Sunday afternoon, November 9th

There have been three recent robberies at gunpoint in Northwest and they may be related

November 8th

A man was stabbed at the Gallery Place Metro station on Saturday night, November 8th

Marc Barnes, owner of DC nightclub Park at 14th, was arrested and charged with destroying an ID

November 7th

Washington Post: DC police arrest suspect in January double slaying “Tyrron Lamont Sweeney, 22, of Southeast, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder while armed. He lives near Fort Dupont Park, about two miles from the victims’ apartment in the 1600 block of 17th Street SE, in Fairlawn.”

Washington Post: Three DC men sentenced to up to 25 years for 2013 N. Capitol Street shootings “Three District men were sentenced to between 20 and 25 years Friday in D.C. Superior Court for a 2013 drive-by shooting on North Capitol Street that left 13 people wounded after an argument between two neighborhood gangs at a nightclub.”

Washington Post: DC arrestee who fled psychiatric institute is captured in Manassas “An arrestee who police said escaped Monday from a psychiatric institute in Northwest Washington was captured Friday afternoon in Manassas, according to the D.C. Department of Corrections.”

NBC Washington: Woman grabbed, assaulted and robbed along Metropolitan Branch Trail “A woman reported being pulled off her bike by a stranger, then robbed and assaulted along a popular commuter trail in D.C. The incident was reported Wednesday during rush hour along the Metropolitan Branch Trail between S and T streets NE, in the Eckinton neighborhood. The woman told police her attacker—described as a man in his late teens or early 20s—repeatedly struck her before stealing her wallet and fleeing from the scene.”

Chris Brown’s bodyguard will be sentenced on December 18th for an assault charge

November 6th

NBC Washington: Mother indicted in 3-year-old Xavier Lyles’ death “A D.C. woman was indicted Wednesday on charges of first-degree murder and cruelty to children in the beating death of her 3-year-old son, the Washington Post reported. Frances Lyles, 25, could face life in prison if convicted on all counts.”

November 5th

Washington Post: Stabbing victim runs into Dupont Circle Metro station “Police are investigating a stabbing near the Dupont Circle Metro station Wednesday afternoon. D.C. police spokesman Paul Metcalf said that a man was stabbed in the 1500 block of 20th Street NW shortly after 4 p.m. He then ran into the Metro station, Metro spokeswoman Morgan Dye said.”

Washington Post: District woman faces life in prison for fatal beating of 3-year-old son in June “The District woman charged with the beating death of her 3-year-old son was indicted Wednesday on six counts including first-degree murder and first-degree cruelty to children. If convicted on all counts, Frances Lyles, 25, could face life without parole in the June 23 beating death of her son Xavier.”

Washington Post: Real estate agent is arrested in connection with what officials call a $300,000 scheme “In addition to money laundering, a grand jury indicted Mark Alan Wall on Monday with other federal offenses, including one count of mail fraud and interstate transportation of money taken by fraud. Wall, who was arrested Tuesday, pleaded not guilty during a court appearance, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.”

Lolillian Smith believes her daughter, Latroia, was already shot to death after she was left in a burning building on Sunday, November 2nd

Crime Tip of the Week

This past week there were 703 property crimes reported in the District, and thefts have increased by 13% compared to this time last year. While stolen property is on the rise, there are a few steps you can take to prevent yourself from being pickpocketed.

Pickpockets typically target back trouser pockets, sports jacket pockets (both inside and out), and purses. If you place valuable items in a zippered or a buttoned compartment, it may prevent a robbery.

An experienced pickpocket will reach into the top a victim’s pocket, grabs a piece of the lining, and keeps folding up until the bottom of the pocket reaches the top. To prevent a wallet reaching the top of the pocket, place a rubber band around it. This will create friction and prevent the wallet from sliding up.

Do not pat your pocket to see if a wallet or valuable is there. This will tip off a thief and let him or her know where you keep your valuables.

Posted November 14 2014 at 11:45 AM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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