Crime Update from the DC Police Union, City Wide

DC Crime Summary – April 1st – 7th

MPD Police Officer Dorian DeSantis was awarded the Congressional Badge of Bravery Wednesday, April 1st, for his heroic acts during the Washington Navy Yard shooting in 2013. Officer Desantis was shot in his vest, but he managed to bring others to safety before firing back at the shooter.

Demitric Joseph Green, 38, was shot and killed in Congress Heights Monday night. No information is available at this time and police are searching for the suspect.

A 16-year-old was fatally shot in the Fort Dupont park neighborhood area Monday night. No information is available at this time and police are searching for the suspect.

Jamyra Gallmon, 21, was arrested Wednesday and charged with fatally stabbing David Messerschmitt in a Downtown hotel in February. According to reports, authorities believe robbery was the motive in the homicide.

Melissa Langley, 20 was arrested yesterday, and was charged with stabbing a Metro station manager. According to reports, Ms. Langley stabbed the victim after he refused to let her access the Metro without paying.

Jerome Jackson, 11, was also reported missing by authorities. He was last seen Friday near the Stadium Armory Metro station. Authorities are asking for the public’s assistance in locating him.

A video was released of a person of interest in an armed robbery in the LeDroit park neighborhood. Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating the suspect.

American University students held a rally against sexual violence yesterday demanding that the school’s president call for mandatory sexual assault prevention education.

The National Zoo increased security for Easter Monday. The National Zoo traditionally has held a “Family Day” event on Easter Monday, but it has been marred with violence in recent years.

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City-Wide Highlights

MPD Police Officer Dorian DeSantis was awarded the Congressional Badge of Bravery Wednesday, April 1st, for his heroic acts during the Washington Navy Yard shooting in 2013. Officer Desantis was shot in his vest, but he managed to bring others to safety before firing back at the shooter. • Demitric Joseph Green, 38, and a 16-year-old were killed that were 50 minutes apart Monday. A 16-year-old was fatally shot in the Fort Dupont neighborhood at about 7:40 PM, and the second victim was killed in the Congress Heights neighborhood at about 8:30 PM. The two incidents are not believed to be related and no other information is available at this time. • 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

April 7th

Washington Post: Boy becomes third teenager under 18 to be fatally shot in District this year “A 16-year-old boy who was shot several times Monday night outside a sprawling apartment complex in Southeast Washington has died, according to police, becoming the third teenager under the age of 18 to be killed by gunfire in the District this year.”

Washington Post: Police arrest suspect in March shooting death in Brightwood “District police arrested a 23-year-old man Tuesday and charged him in last month’s fatal shooting in the Brightwood neighborhood of Northwest Washington.”

NBC Washington: Maryland man dies after shooting in Southeast DC “A Maryland man has died after being found with gunshot wounds in Southeast D.C. Monday night. Authorities found 38-year-old Demitric Joseph Greene in the 1300 block of Congress Street SE shortly before 8:30 p.m. after being called about a shooting. Green, a resident of of District Heights, Maryland, was found with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died.”

WJLA (ABC News): Gallaudet University students protest against campus sexual assault “Students, faculty members and staff at Gallaudet University in D.C. held a protest against campus sexual assault on Tuesday afternoon. The campus-wide protest against sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, and other forms of sexual misconduct coincided with the National Day of Action to recognize sexual assault during April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.”

Demtrius Brown, 12, was located after he was reported as critically missing

A shooting victim drove himself to DC General homeless shelter last night

April 6th

Washington Post: Teenager among two fatally shot in separate incidents in Southeast DC “District police are investigating two shooting deaths, one of a teenager, that occurred in Southeast Washington Monday night, according to a department spokesman. The shootings occurred 50 minutes and four miles apart, and are not believed to be related.”

Washington Post: 20-year-old woman arrested for stabbing Metro station manager “A 20-year-old woman was arrested Monday for stabbing a Metro station manager in March, after he refused to let her on the train for free. Metro Transit Police said that Melissa Langley of Southeast D.C. argued with the station manager at Stadium-Armory at about 11:45 a.m. on March 15.”

WJLA (ABC News): National Zoo holds annual Family Day with increased security “Police and security officers had a busy day Monday at the National Zoo. Easter Monday is traditionally the zoo’s “Family Day” event - one of the biggest attendance draws of the year. But after outbursts of violence in recent years, the zoo stepped up security on Monday.”

April 5th

Washington Post: Ex-Hill aide who admitted 2 assaults avoids jail after he becomes a victim “It was the summer of 2010, and she had just arrived in Washington as a student intern. When they met, she believed Donny Ray Williams Jr., the longtime aide and former staff director for a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee, could help her find a job with Congress. But instead, she later told authorities, Williams drugged and assaulted her.”

Robert Barksdale discusses his shot at a second chance after finishing prison term

April 4th

Washington Post: Thefts of items from vehicles up sharply on Capitol Hill “As much as any time of the year, this Easter and Passover season is associated with the Ten Commandments, and data released last week highlighted how often one of the 10 was being violated in Washington: the one that says Thou Shalt Not Steal.”

WUSA9: Police search for critical missing 11-year-old DC boy “Police are searching for a critical missing 11-year-old boy who was last seen in Southeast, D.C. on Friday. Metropolitan police are searching for Jerome Jackson, 11, who was last seen in the unit block of 16th Street in Southeast, D.C., authorities said.”

WUSA9: Missing: 12-year-old DC boy “The Metropolitan Police Department is looking for a 12-year-old boy who was reported missing from Southwest, D.C. on Tuesday. Demetrius Brown was last seen in the 100 block of Irvington Street, in Southwest, D.C., according to authorities.”

Security has increased for family event at the National Zoo

Social worker remembers the day he discovered Relisha Rudd was missing

April 3rd

NBC Washington: Police seek person of interest in armed robbery “Police need your help identifying a person of interest in the armed robbery of a Northwest D.C. store. Surveillance video from the business captures the suspect as he walks into a store in the 1900 block of 4th Street NW just before 8 p.m. on March 13.”

WJLA (ABC News): DC woman calls 911 from closet during home burglary, gets routed to wrong jurisdiction “In the first case, a 25-year-old woman was asleep in bed in the 1600 block of Otis Street NE at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. Her aunt said the woman heard banging, a crash, and then footsteps coming up the stairs. She grabbed her cellphone, hid in a closet and called 911. Her call was first mistakenly routed to the 911 dispatch center in Prince George’s County, Md. Once her correct location was determined, the call was re-routed to 911 dispatch operators in the District.”

Businesses in DC were victims of scammers using PayPal

April 2nd

Washington Post: Woman charged with murder in stabbing of DC lawyer at hotel “D.C. police said Wednesday that they have arrested a 21-year-old woman in the killing of an intellectual property lawyer who was found fatally stabbed in February at a downtown hotel. Jamyra Gallmon of Southeast Washington has been charged with first-degree felony murder in the slaying of David Messerschmitt, police said.”

WJLA (ABC News): American University students rally against sexual violence on campus “American University students rallied today to deliver hundreds of signatures to the school’s president calling for mandatory sexual assault prevention education. Assault survivor Faith Ferber says the university isn’t doing enough to change the culture on campus.”

Washington Post: District expected to end routine shackling of juveniles in court “District officials are expected to announce an initiative Friday that would end the D.C. Superior Court’s policy of routinely shackling juveniles who appear before judges, the plan’s sponsors announced Thursday.”

Washington Post: Bike and pedestrian collisions are up in DC “The number of pedestrian and cycling collisions in the District increased by more than 20 percent between 2013 and 2014, from 1,628 to 2,013 collisions, according to the District Department of Transportation.”

DC police have scheduled cleanup events to combat littering in the Fourth District

April 1st

NBC Washington: ‘Felony Lane Gang’ targeting purses left in cars “A national crime network known as the “Felony Lane Gang” has stretched into metro D.C., targeting women who leave purses in cars and stealing from their bank accounts, crime analysts say.”

One person was injured in a fire yesterday morning in Dupont Park

Crime Tip of the Week

According to MyFoxDC, DC businesses have been the target of scammers using prepaid PayPal MasterCard debit cards. Scammers used the cards that initially appeared to swipe and pay like normal cards. However, in actuality, they threw credit card machines offline and cost business owners thousands of dollars. MPD has issued a warning to all merchants regarding this scam, and keep an eye out for them.

Posted April 10 2015 at 3:33 PM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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