DC Crime Summary – January 28th – February 3rd
• Novontae Howard, 19, was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon near a shopping center in Southeast. DC police are investigating the incident and no suspect information is available at this time.
• Maria Lydia Cruz’s body was discovered in a waterway Saturday near the Reagan National Airport. DC police are investigating the cause of her death.
• DC police are asking for the public’s help in locating Andre Joyner, 24. Mr. Joyner is wanted for the second-degree murder of Jaime Washington, 31, in late November 2014.
• Lorenzo Lamont Belton, 29, was arrested and charged in connection with a January 28th shooting.
• A man was stabbed inside of Midtown lounge in Northwest this past Sunday.
• Christopher Lucas and Jennie Chang were arrested Saturday afternoon and charged with second-degree cruelty to children. According to reports, the adults left two toddlers in a car while they attended a private wine tasting event.
• According to DC authorities, a 9-year-old boy with cerebral palsy was tortured and locked in a room by his mother, Betty Threatt, and her boyfriend, Lester Jackson. Ms. Threatt hit her son with a belt and taped her son’s ankles and wrists with duct tape to punish her son over a one-year period.
• Rae-John Montral Gerald, 19, was arrested by DC police and charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. The alleged incidents of sexual abuse took place in Southeast this past November.
• A trio of criminals has stolen prescription pills and cash from at least three small pharmacies over the past month. According to police, they used ski masks, hoods, and gloves to disguise their appearance.
• Two DC fire employees were arrested for allegedly using taxpayer-funded credit cards to purchase thousands of dollars of gasoline for their personal automobiles. In one case, a female employee bought over $11,000 in gasoline over a three-year period.
• Mary Lue Davis, 61, was reported as missing from Northeast. She was last seen at 3400 Benning Road NE and authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating her.
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Novontae Howard, 19, was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon near a shopping center in Southeast. DC police are investigating the incident and no suspect information is available at this time. • Maria Lydia Cruz’s body was discovered in a DC waterway Saturday near the Reagan National Airport. DC police are investigating the cause of her death. • So far this year there have been 8 homicides and 13 instances of sexual abuse reported in the District. There were 3 instances of sexual abuse and 10 assaults with a gun reported this past week in DC. Assaults with a gun have increased by 31% compared to this time last year. • There were 648 total crimes in DC this past week including 90 violent crimes.
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NBC Washington: 19-year-old killed in DC shooting Tuesday “A 19-year-old teen was shot and killed in D.C. Tuesday near a busy shopping center. The incident was reported just after 4 p.m. at the intersection of Ridge Road SE and East Capitol Street SE.”
Washington Post: Body of woman found in Potomac identified as Maria Lydia Cruz, 61, of Alexandria “The body of a woman found Saturday near Four Mile Run Stream and the Potomac River has been identified as a 61-year-old from Alexandria, D.C. police said on Tuesday. Maria Lydia Cruz was found about 11:30 a.m. near the southern tip of Reagan National Airport. Her cause of death is pending an autopsy.”
NBC Washington: Officials ramp up security ahead of zoo’s Easter Monday event “Smithsonian National Zoo and D.C. city officials are preparing to enact sweeping new security measures, possibly including metal detectors, for big events. The changes come after several violent incidents in recent years. Last April, two men suffered non-life threatening injuries in shootings just outside the zoo during the Easter Monday family event.”
MyFoxDC: Ward 8 community fights latest crime wave with ‘march for peace’ “Even Monday night’s bitter cold couldn’t stop what organizers called “a march for peace.” “It’s time for each and every one of us to take a position!” shouted one man through a bullhorn.”
MyFoxDC: Authorities: DC boy with cerebral palsy was locked in room, malnourished by mom, boyfriend “Authorities say a 9-year-old boy with cerebral palsy was subjected to child abuse by his mother and her boyfriend. According to prosecutors, they say his mother and her boyfriend tortured him, locked him in a room and bound his hands with duct tape. When he was taken to the hospital, doctors found burns to his body as well as severe malnutrition.”
Washington Post: Body found in water near southern tip of National Airport is that of a woman “D.C. police said Sunday that a body discovered in a waterway near the southern tip of Reagan National Airport on Saturday is that of a woman. Officer Hugh Carew, a D.C. police spokesman, said the body was discovered in a waterway near the 3800 block of Thomas Avenue sometime before noon.”
WUSA9: Man sentenced to prison in $1M wire fraud “A Virginia man has been sentenced to 27 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in the theft of more than $1 million from a Washington, D.C.-based company.”
Washington Post: Police seek help identifying body woman found in water near airport “D.C. police are seeking help identifying the body of a woman found on Saturday near Four Mile Run Stream and the Potomac River, a site close to the southern tip of Reagan National Airport. The body was discovered about 11:30 a.m., and a cause of death has not yet been determined.”
Washington Post: Mother and father charged with abandoning toddlers in car while wine tasting in DC “A couple who left their two toddlers alone in a car on a Northwest Washington street while they attended a wine-tasting at an upscale restaurant was monitoring them with a cellphone left in the vehicle, law enforcement officials said Monday.”
Washington Post: At the Navy Yard, workers returned Monday to the scene of a rampage that killed 12 “Hundreds of Navy Yard employees reclaimed Building 197 as their workplace Monday, returning for their first official day back since 12 colleagues were killed in a mass shooting 17 months ago.”
Washington Post: CBS sports analyst Greg Anthony appears in DC Superior Court in solicitation case “With his hands clasped behind him, Anthony stood as D. C. Magistrate Judge Renee Raymond ordered him to stay away from the DoubleTree Hotel, where he was arrested Jan. 16 for allegedly trying to hire a prostitute who was actually an undercover D.C. police officer. The judge also ordered him to take a urine test for drugs”
Washington Post: DC authorities say 9-year-old was locked in a room, burned and malnourished “When doctors at Children’s National Medical Center examined the 9-year-old boy last summer, he was suffering from severe malnutrition, D.C. authorities said. The child had burns and welts on his body and fragments of duct tape on his wrists and ankles.”
WUSA9: Stabbing inside midtown lounge in DC “An adult male suffered non-life threatening injuries after being stabbed inside of Midtown Lounge in Northwest DC early Sunday, police said. At approximately 4:33 a.m., police say officers responded to Midtown Lounge located at 1219 Connecticut Avenue NW for a report of a stabbing.”
Washington Post: DC police arrest man, woman after toddlers found alone in car in Northwest “D.C. police charged two adults with second-degree cruelty to children after two toddlers were found alone inside a car in Northwest Washington, authorities said Sunday.”
Washington Post: Southeast man charged in two sex assaults in Northeast “In a news release, police said 19-year-old Rae-John Montral Gerald, of Southeast, was arrested and charged Thursday with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse in connection with similar attacks on Nov. 7 on 51st Street NE and Nov. 27 on 49th Street NE.”
WUSA9: Suspect wanted in NE, DC homicide “Police are searching for Andre Joyner, 24, of NE, D.C. in connection with a second degree murder while armed that happened on November 28, 2014 in the 700 block of 18th Street, NE.”
WUSA9: Man charged in NE, DC shooting “Metropolitan Police Department has arrested a 29-year-old man in connection with a shooting that happened in NE, D.C. on New York Avenue on January 25, police said…Police arrested Lorenzo Lamont Belton, 29, of NW, D.C. Belton is being charged with assault with a dangerous weapon in connection with the shooting, police said.”
NBC Washington: Two DC fire employees accused of paying for gas with taxpayer-funded credit cards “A pair of D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services employees have been arrested for allegedly swiping their taxpayer-funded government travel cards to purchase thousands of dollars in gasoline for their personal cars. In one case, a female fire official bought about $11,000 in gasoline over a three year period, investigators said, including at a pair of gas stations on Pennsylvania Avenue SE.”
NBC Washington: Suspended sentence for man found with weapons near White House “A man arrested after officers found weapons in his car near the White House in November received a suspended 12-month sentence on the condition that he complete a year of probation.”
Washington Post: Police search for three men robbing pharmacies in three DC neighborhoods “D.C. police are searching for three men who authorities believe robbed drugstores on Capitol Hill and in two other neighborhoods this month, taking money and prescription medication. The men are masked and armed, and struck during the morning and early afternoon.”
NBC Washington: Suspect in correction official’s death ruled competent to stand trial “A judge ruled the man accused in the death of a D.C. Department of Corrections official competent to stand trial. Dawit Seyoum is accused of murdering Carolyn Cross, the deputy director of D.C.’s Department of Corrections, Sept. 7.”
WUSA9: 61-year-old woman missing from Northeast DC “A 61-year-old woman is missing from Northeast D.C. and police are trying to find her. Police officials say Mary Lue Davis was last seen on Saturday in the 3400 block of Benning Road, NE. She may be in need of medical attention, according to police.”
Crime Tip of the Week
This past Sunday morning, a man was stabbed inside of Midtown lounge. This is the latest attack at a DC bar or club over the past few weeks. If you plan on enjoying an evening out in the District, please be careful and keep in mind the following tips.
• Avoid excessive drinking. If you have had several drinks, make sure that you do not walk city streets alone.
• Keep your valuables close to you. Do not leave wallets on tables or hang purses on a coat rack. This may lead to your items becoming stolen.
• If you see any activity that is suspicious, do not hesitate to report it to authorities.
• DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE.
Posted February 06 2015 at 11:50 AM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link