Crime Update from the DC Police Union, City Wide

DC Crime Summary – March 25th – 31st

Antonio Ayala, 34, was shot and killed early Monday morning in the Brightwood neighborhood. According to reports, the victim was shot following an attempted armed robbery. Two males wearing masks were described as suspects.

A man was killed in a duplex fire in the Chillum neighborhood this past Friday. A second person was taken to a hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.

A 14-year-old girl was shot near Nationals Park Friday afternoon. The victim was shot in the leg when “numerous shots” were reportedly fired at people on P Street SW.

A teenage girl was arrested Thursday afternoon after she allegedly stabbing a male, about 18 to 19 years old, inside of a Options Charter School in the Stanton Park neighborhood. The victim’s injuries were described as non-life threatening.

The wife of a Washington lawyer who was found stabbed to death in a downtown hotel last month publicly asked DC residents for help in identifying the person who murdered him. Police have released a video of a person of interest in the case and are asking for the public’s help in identifying her.

A video was released of three persons of interest firing gunshots in a parking lot near the Anacostia Park Wednesday afternoon. Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects.

Ariel Taylor, 13, has been reported as missing by DC police. She was last seen March 12th near the Potomac Avenue Metro Station and authorities are asking for the public’s assistance in locating her.

After a 9-year-old boy with cerebral palsy was found beaten, malnourished, and locked in a room with duct tape stuck to his wrists and ankles, his mom, Betty T. Threatt, was arrested. She is reportedly expected to enter a plea deal, though details have not been released.

Andre Wonson, a rookie DC firefighter, was arrested Wednesday in the Bellevue neighborhood and charged with possessing an unregistered firearm and ammunition.

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City-Wide Highlights

Antonio Ayala, 34, was shot and killed early Monday morning in the Brightwood neighborhood. According to reports, the victim was shot following an attempted armed robbery. Two males wearing masks were described as suspects. • So far this year there have been 25 homicides and 47 instances of sexual abuse reported in the District. There were 7 instances of sexual abuse and 21 armed robberies with a gun reported this past week in DC. Assaults with a gun have increased by 21% compared to this time last year. • There were 629 total crimes in DC this past week including 109 violent crimes.

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Recent Crime News

March 31st

Washington Post: Escaped prisoner apprehended in DC after hours-long manhunt “Police said that Assaye’s movements after leaving Annandale were unclear but that a private citizen spotted him on a Metro bus near Minnesota Avenue and 25th Street SE in the District about 11:30 a.m. and alerted authorities. Assaye was captured without incident as he walked nearby.”

WJLA (ABC News): Victims remembered on 5th anniversary of DC shooting rampage “Five years to the night after one of D.C.‘s worst mass shootings, family, friends, and others remembered the victims and vowed to keep fighting for change. It was March 30, 2010 when four teenagers were killed in one night. It was the culmination of an eight-day outbreak of violence that left five young people dead and eight others wounded by gunfire.”

March 30th

Washington Post: Man fatally shot in Brightwood neighborhood of Northwest DC “A 34-year-man was shot and killed early Monday in Northwest Washington’s Brightwood neighborhood, according to D.C. police. Officers responding to a call for a shooting about 2:40 a.m. found the victim near 13th and Van Buren streets NW. He has been identified as Antonio Ayala, of Northwest.”

Washington Post: DC mother pleads guilty to abuse of 9-year-old son with cerebral palsy “A Southeast Washington woman pleaded guilty Monday to pouring scalding water on her 9-year-old son, binding his ankles and wrists and covering his mouth with duct tape, and locking him in his room and bathroom during a four-month period last year.”

Washington Post: DC police say man shot, wounded by officer on Friday had a gun “The man shot and wounded by police late Friday in Northeast Washington had turned toward an officer with a gun in his hand and had ignored orders to drop it, D.C. police said in a sworn statement. The wounded man, identified as Troye Roberson, 23, was hit three times and taken to a hospital. Court records indicated that he remained there Monday.”

National Zoo will increase their security after violence on Easter Monday in recent years

March 29th

Washington Post: Mother reportedly locked up son with cerebral palsy and no one noticed “When the mother dropped her 9-year-old son off at his father’s Washington home last June, the father was struck by the appearance of the boy, whom he had not seen in about a year. The child appeared to be malnourished, with bruises and burn marks and bits of duct tape stuck to his wrists and ankles, the father would tell social workers.”

A man was killed in a duplex fire in Northeast

March 28th

Four people were injured in a Northeast fire this past Friday

A DC police officer was involved in a shooting after chasing a suspect in an attempted armed robbery case

March 27th

NBC Washington: Teen girl accused of stabbing teen boy inside DC charter school “A teenage girl is suspected of stabbing another teenager inside a D.C. charter school Thursday afternoon. The victim, an 18- or 19-year-old male, was stabbed about 1:45 p.m. at Options Charter School in the 1300 block of E Street NE. His injury is not life-threatening. It’s unknown whether he was stabbed with a knife or another item.”

Washington Post: Shooting just west of Nationals park; girl hit in leg, windows also struck “A 14-year-old girl was wounded and windows were struck in a burst of gunfire Friday afternoon a block west of Nationals Park. D.C. police said the girl, apparently outdoors, was hit in the leg when “numerous shots” were fired at people on P street SW, near Half Street. The site is about 200 yards from the baseball stadium.”

Washington Post: Roads closed in NE Washington because of person barricaded in attic “D.C. police said streets around the 4800 block of Meade Street NE are closed as they deal a person barricaded in the attic of a residence. The incident began shortly after 8 a.m. Police did not divulge additional details, including the reason the person is being sought.”

Homeless man helped stop a rape this past week in Northwest

March 26th

MyFoxDC: Shots fired in broad daylight, search for persons of interest “D.C. police are looking for three persons of interest captured on surveillance video apparently firing shots with a person standing nearby. It happened Wednesday afternoon in the 3400 block of Hayes Street, Northeast.”

Washington Post: US judge sentences 3 men snared in controversial DC police robbery sting “U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer sentenced Pablo Lovo, 27, Joel Sorto, 25, and Yonas Eshetu, 29, all of the District, to 124 months, 100 months and 64 months in prison, respectively. A District federal jury in May convicted the men of one count of conspiracy and also found Lovo and Sorto guilty of a firearms violation.”

NBC Washington: Rookie firefighter arrested on gun charge in DC “A rookie D.C. firefighter has been arrested on charges of possessing an unregistered firearm and ammunition, D.C. police confirm. Andre Wonson was arrested yesterday at about 4:30 p.m. in the 4200 block of 4th Street SE.”

NBC Washington: DC police locate missing woman, 71 “The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Mary Bean, 71, who was last seen in the 700 block of Emerson St. Northeast, on Wednesday, March 25.”

March 25th

NBC Washington: 13-year-old girl missing from DC “Police are asking for help finding a 13-year-old girl missing from D.C. since Thursday, March 12. Ariel Taylor was last seen in the 1000 block of 13th Street SE.”

Washington Post: Wife of man found slain in DC hotel seeks public’s help in solving case “The wife of a Washington lawyer found fatally stabbed in a Thomas Circle hotel room in February pleaded with the public Wednesday to help find the person who killed him. Standing in front of D.C. police headquarters, Kim Vuong, wife of David Messerschmitt, 30, said she is still looking for answers in the Feb. 10 slaying.”

WUSA9: DC police seek car, person of interest in armed robbery “The Metropolitan Police Department needs your help finding and identifying two persons of interest and a vehicle of interest in connection with an armed robbery. The armed robbery-gun offense took place on Sunday at about 3:36 a.m. at the intersection of 22ndStreet and Maryland Avenue Northeast, police said.”

WUSA9: Police seek five in connection with DC robbery “The Metropolitan Police Department needs your help identifying and locating five persons of interest in connection with a robbery force and violence offense.”

National Zoo will add an extra level of security for Easter Monday

Crime Tip of the Week

This past week there were 45 burglaries reported in the District, and there have been 490 burglaries reported this year in DC. As the weather continues to get warmer and crime rises, it is important that you keep in mind the following tips to protect your home, family, and belongings.

If you live in a house, secure the perimeter of your house. This means locking your windows as well as your doors and do not leave sharp or heavy objects outside in your backyard. Burglaries can you them to break and enter.

If you are away for vacation, ask a neighbor to pick up your mail. Criminals search for targets that will leave them undetected and unnoticed.

Posted April 02 2015 at 3:55 PM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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