Crime Update from the DC Police Union, City Wide

DC Crime Summary – December 31st – January 6th

A surge of fatal shootings in the final weeks of 2014 pushed the total number of homicides for the year to 105. Homicides have increased each year since 2012.

A vigil was held outside of the Northeast Performing Arts Center on New Year’s Eve in memory of young homicide victims this past year. Nearly half of the homicide victims in the District this past year were under the age of 25.

Rahji Jerod Ross, 35, was shot and killed Saturday near the Anacostia Community Museum. Police are searching for two men who were last seen wearing all black clothing and masks.

Maurice Blakely, 23, and Joseph Minor, 24, were arrested Wednesday and charged in the death of Gregory Lee, 28. The victim was shot and killed on Christmas Eve near the Anacostia Metro station.

Jimmie Fleming, 36, of DC was sentenced to 36 years in prison after he pled guilty to the July 2014 voluntary manslaughter of Donchell Thomas, 21, and Derek Price, 20.

U.S. Prosecutors have ruled that they will not charge John Hinckley in the death of former President Reagan’s press secretary James Brady. Mr. Hinckley remains under institutional psychiatric care.

Joseph Ricardo Johnson, 35, was arrested in connection to a stabbing Saturday morning at the Zanzibar Night Club. The victim was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.

DC police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating two persons of interest in connection to a stabbing at the popular Foggy Bottom bar McFadden’s.

A man was kidnapped and sexually assaulted Thursday morning in Southeast. Police are searching for four men last seen inside of a beige minivan.

Michael Centanni, a political fundraiser, pleaded guilty Monday to a child pornography charge. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and he will be sentenced on April 9th.

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City-Wide Highlights

A surge of fatal shootings over the end of the year pushed DC’s murder count to 105 for the year. This number is larger than the year before, as homicides have increased each year since 2012. • Rahji Jerod Ross, 35, was shot and killed Saturday near the Anacostia Community Museum. Police are searching for two men who were last seen wearing all black clothing and masks. • There were 7 cases of sex abuse reported this week in the District. • This past week, 669 total crimes were reported in DC including 121 violent crimes.

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Latest Crime Stats

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

Recent Crime News

January 6th

Washington Post: DC siblings sentenced to months in prison for robbery of convenience store, bank “Four D.C. siblings, who authorities say robbed a convenience store and a bank in a May 2014 “family crime outing,” were sentenced Tuesday. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman sentenced the family — three brothers and their sister — to various months in prison in connection with the robberies, which officials said happened over a 36-hour period in Silver Spring, Md. and Northwest Washington.”

Washington Post: ANC chair: McFadden’s closed permanently after 5 stabbed at Foggy Bottom bar “The Foggy Bottom bar McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon, which the District’s police chief ordered temporarily shuttered after five patrons were stabbed Dec. 27, will permanently close, according to the chairman of the area’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission.”

January 5th

Washington Post: Jimmie Fleming sentenced to 36 years in prison for double killing “Jimmie Fleming, 36, pled guilty in September to two counts of voluntary manslaughter while armed in the July 13 fatal shootings of Donchell Thomas, 21, of Montgomery Village and Derek Price, 20 of District Heights. As part of the plea with prosecutors, D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin agreed not to sentence Fleming beyond 36 years as agreed upon by the prosecutors and Fleming’s attorney.”

NBC Washington: GOP fundraiser Michael Centanni pleads guilty to child pornography “A well-known GOP fundraiser pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge of posession of child pornography. Michael Centanni, 48, was arrested October 30, 2014 following an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations. Court documents said federal officers were led to Centanni through “child porn sharing” files traced to his home computer.”

7 new traffic enforcement cameras were deployed in the District

January 4th

NBC Washington: Police arrest suspect in stabbing near bar “Metropolitan police said they have arrested a suspect in connection to an early morning stabbing near a bar in Washington that left a man critically wounded. Police say they have arrested Joseph Ricardo Johnson, 35, in connection with the stabbing. Police said Johnson has been charged with assault with intent to kill.”

January 3rd

Washington Post: Man shot to death near Anacostia Community Museum “Shortly before 4 a.m., police responded to the sound of gunshots in the 2700 block of Bruce Place SE. When they arrived, the victim, 35-year-old Rahji Jerod Ross, was conscious. D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel transported Ross to a local hospital, where he died”

Washington Post: Fatal DC shooting may be city’s first homicide of 2015 “A man was shot to death early Saturday in Southeast Washington in what appeared to be the year’s first homicide in the District. In another violent act, a man was stabbed in a nightclub three blocks from the White House.”

January 2nd

DC police are searching for two suspects in McFadden’s stabbing

John Hinckley, responsible for shooting former President Reagan’s press secretary James Brady, will not face murder charges

January 1st

WJLA (ABC News): Man kidnapped, sexually assaulted by group “A man was kidnapped by four others and sexually assaulted in Southeast D.C. Wednesday morning. The victim told police he was forced into a beige or egg-shell colored minivan with four men inside. He was taken to an unknown location and sexually assaulted by two men, police said.”

December 31st

Washington Post: Police make arrests in two District killings, including one on Christmas Eve “Charged with second-degree murder while armed are Maurice Blakely, 23, of Southeast, and Joseph Minor, 24, of Northeast. Police have not said what they think the motive might have been.”

Washington Post: Regulatory board accuses bar security of helping possible assailant after stabbings “A security guard and an off-duty bouncer were seen on surveillance video allowing a man with what appeared to be blood on his hands to sneak out of a Foggy Bottom bar as police were investigating the stabbings of five patrons, according to an investigative report.”

Kedir Yahya, 29 years old and an Ethiopian immigrant who resided in DC, was found fatally shot in Capitol Heights, Md.

Vigil held for youngest homicide victims in the District

Surge of killings at the end of December pushes District homicide count over 100 and past last year’s number

9-year-old boy is released from hospital after he was shot in the head in October

Crime Tip of the Week

According to NBC Washington, scammers have repeatedly called residents homes in the DC area. The scammers claim that the individual answering the phone has been approved for a government grant, which are typically only reserved for researchers and non-profits. If you receive a call from one of these scammers keep in mind the following information.

The scammers may want your bank account number or they may ask you to pay a processing fee. Do not share any financial information.

Hang-up the phone as soon as you realize that you are receiving a phone call from a scammer. Additionally, report the call to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) and to the District’s Attorney General’s office. This is the only way to help stop these scammers.

Posted January 08 2015 at 4:23 PM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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