Crime Update from the DC Police Union, City Wide

DC Crime Summary – May 13th – 19th

Savvas and Amy Savopoulos as well as their son, Philip, and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, 57, were killed in a Woodley Park neighborhood house fire. Authorities have ruled this incident and quadruple homicide, and a video was released Saturday of a person of interest wanted in connection with the incident.

Darlene Marie Bryant, 46, was stabbed to death Thursday, May 14th, evening near Oxon Run Park. No suspect information is available at this time and police are investigating the incident.

Jermaine Jordan, 23, was shot and killed Wednesday in Congress Heights in Wednesday afternoon, May 13th.

Domonique Bussie, 21, was described as missing by DC Police. He was last seen in Buena Vista early Sunday morning. Police are asking for the public’s help in locating him.

Marion Christopher Barry, son of former DC Mayor Barry, has agreed to a plea in connection with an outburst at a Chinatown area bank earlier this year. According to reports, Mr. Barry threw a trashcan over security glass and destroyed a security camera while at the bank.

Former Georgetown neighborhood Rabbi Barry Freundel was sentenced to six and a half years in prison. Mr. Fruendel previously pled guilty to secretly videotaping nude women as they prepared for a ritual bath.

The tires of dozens of vehicles across Mount Pleasant neighborhood were slashed over the weekend. No suspect information is available and authorities are investigating the incident.

Last week, revealnews.org published an article that falsely tried to link 2,000 arrests to instances of police abuse. Not only is this accusation false, but also it was almost entirely unsubstantiated. Learn more about DC Police Union’s Acting Treasurer, Gregg Pemberton’s, rebuttal and where the story failed by clicking the link below: http://dcpoliceunion.com/blog/apo-rebuttal

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City-Wide Highlights

There were 6 homicides this week in the District, bringing the total up for the year to 44. Homicides have increased compared to this time last year. • Savvas and Amy Savopoulos as well as their son, Philip, and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, 57, were killed in a Woodley Park neighborhood house fire. Authorities have ruled this incident a quadruple homicide, and a video was released Saturday of a person of interest wanted in connection with the incident. • Jermaine Jordan, 23, was shot and killed Wednesday in Congress Heights in Wednesday afternoon, May 13th. • Darlene Marie Bryant, 46, was stabbed to death Thursday, May 14th, evening near Oxon Run Park. No suspect information is available at this time and police are investigating the incident. • So far this year there have been 91 instances of sexual abuse reported in the District. There were 6 instances of sexual abuse and 23 armed robberies with a gun reported this past week in DC. Armed robberies with a gun have increased by 5% and assaults with a gun have increased by 21% compared to this time last year. • There were 712 total crimes in DC this past week including 119 violent crimes.

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Recent Crime News

May 19th

Washington Post: Lanier says evidence collection at home of slain family could take week “Authorities could spend the next week or even longer collecting evidence inside the burned house in Northwest Washington in which three members of a family and a housekeeper were killed last week, D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said on Tuesday.”

WUSA9: MISSING: 21-year-old DC man “Police are searching for a missing 21-year-old man who was last seen in Southeast, D.C. on Sunday. Domonique Bussie, 21, was last seen in the 2700 block of Jasper Street, Southeast, at approximately 3:00 a.m., Metropolitan police said.”

May 18th

Washington Post: Funeral scheduled for family members found slain in burning D.C. home “A funeral has been scheduled for June 1 for members of the Savopoulos family, who were found slain inside their D.C. home last week, according to their church. Savvas and Amy Savopoulos along with their 10-year-old son, Philip, will be remembered at a service at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Northwest Washington. The funeral is scheduled for noon on June 1.”

PoPville: The District Feels a Lot Like Dodge City Again as Gunfire Hits a Home and Building Friday Night “It gives me no pleasure to write this but ignoring it as so many do is not helpful either. On Friday night stray bullets hit a row house window in Petworth and the lobby of an apartment building in NoMa. In Petworth it occurred Friday night just after 10pm in the alley between 3rd and 4th St, NW and Upshur and Taylor. It was a miracle that nobody was injured.”

WJLA: Tires slashed on dozens of cars in Mount Pleasant neighborhood in D.C. “Metropolitan Police are searching for vandals responsible for slashing dozens of tires on cars in northwest D.C. Sunday. The bulk of these incidents occurred in the 3000 block of Mount Pleasant Street. Residents left their homes and discovered punctured tires throughout the neighborhood.”

Washington Post: Marion Christopher Barry to plead guilty in bank outburst “Marion Christopher Barry, the son of the city’s late mayor, will plead guilty in connection with a January incident in a Chinatown bank that helped derail his campaign for D.C. Council, court records show.”

A burglary took place in a Columbia Heights neighborhood apartment

May 17th

Family of former District Mayor Anthony A. Williams is in court over his mother’s will

May 16th

Washington Post: D.C. police seek person of interest in deaths of four people in upscale house “D.C. police said Saturday night that they are seeking a person of interest in the deaths of four people in a house in an upscale neighborhood in Northwest Washington. Police said the individual may have been operating a Porsche automobile linked to the house.”

May 15th

Washington Post: Four found in D.C. fire were slain, police say “When Debra Masser spoke to her brother Savvas Savopoulos by phone Thursday morning, the chief executive and father of a prominent local family seemed to be untroubled and in good spirits. But hours later, Savopoulos, his wife and two others authorities believe are the couple’s young son and their housekeeper were found dead by firefighters who battled a blaze at their Northwest Washington home.”

Washington Post: Police identify man shot and killed in Southeast D.C. “D.C. Police have identified a man who was shot and killed in what detectives are calling a homicide. Jermaine Jordan, 23, of Southeast Washington, was shot and killed, police said, Wednesday near the 500 block of Newcomb Street SE.”

Washington Post: D.C. rabbi sentenced to 6½ years in prison on voyeurism charges “Barry Freundel, the once-influential Orthodox rabbi who pleaded guilty to secretly videotaping dozens of women as they prepared for a ritual bath, was sentenced Friday to 6 1 /2 years in prison.”

Washington Post: D.C. firefighter who died at fire scene remembered as hero to city “The veteran D.C. firefighter who died last week after fighting a fire in a high-rise apartment building in Shaw will be remembered at his funeral Friday as a hero to the city and to his family.”

Armed robbery suspect was caught on camera

May 14th

Washington Post: Woman stabbed to death in Southeast Washington identified “A woman killed Wednesday evening in Southeast Washington has been identified as 46-year-old Darlene Marie Bryant, and D.C. police said her death is a homicide. Bryant, of Southeast, was pronounced dead on the scene in the 4300 block of Wheeler Road SE, near the boarder with Maryland. The incident occurred shortly after 6:30 p.m.”

Washington Post: Four dead after house fire in NW Washington “The mysterious deaths of four people found in a burning house in Northwest Washington on Thursday afternoon prompted police to ask the public for help in investigating what they called a highly suspicious fire.”

Washington Post: Metro resumes old strategy to prevent more smoke incidents in tunnels “Metro officials will step up efforts to keep tunnels clear of dust and grime and clean the electrical equipment that helps move rail cars through the system after another smoke incident that shut down

A person was struck and killed by a MARC train outside of Union Station

Authorities have placed a person in custody for flying a drone near the White House

May 13th

Washington Post: Woman is shot and critically wounded in shooting in Southeast D.C. “A woman was shot and critically wounded Wednesday night in Southeast Washington, D.C. police said. Police found the woman in the 4300 block of Wheeler Road after they were called to the scene about 6:45 p.m., said Officer Paul Metcalf, a spokesman.”

Crime Tip of the Week

According to NBC Washington, there are more than 200 bicycles stolen each month in the DC area. Now, that the weather is warm and people are more likely to travel by bicycle, it is more important than ever that you protect your bike. Please keep in mind the following safety tips:

Thieves frequently target apartment complexes and condominiums when stealing bikes. Criminals may be difficult to notice in an apartment complex, so remember to keep your bike locked at all times to keep it safe.

Bike thieves may also strike early in the morning, right after sunrise. This gives them the greatest opportunity to be undetected. Be on the lookout during the morning and report any behavior that looks suspicious.

Consider purchasing multiple U-shaped locks. By locking your wheels together, a criminal would be forced to carry away your bike instead of riding it. This will bring attention and as a result, deter potential robberies.

Posted May 21 2015 at 1:59 PM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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