Crime Update from the DC Police Union, City Wide

DC Crime Summary – June 10th – 16th

James Brown, 26, was shot and killed Sunday afternoon in between the Benning Road and Capitol Heights Metro stations. No suspect information is available at this time, and police are investigating the incident.

Kenneth Fogle, 54, was stabbed and killed Saturday afternoon in the Douglass neighborhood. No suspect information is available at this time.

Donald Franklin Bush, 44, was shot and killed Saturday evening in the Brentwood neighborhood. Authorities are investigating the incident, and no suspect information is available at this time.

Anthony Ray Melvin, 57, died Wednesday, June 10th, due to injuries he sustained a week earlier in an argument.

According to an unsealed search warrant that was released Wednesday, June 10th, a bloody baseball bat was found in the same room as the bodies of three people killed in the Savopoulos home last month.

Octavia Tillman, 31, was killed Friday morning after a car crash on Suitland Parkway. Authorities are searching for a person driving a Volvo who fled the scene of the incident. A handgun and ammunition were found in the Volvo.

Victoria Callahan, 19, died Thursday afternoon after taking the drug “Molly” at concert at Echostage. She was celebrating her 19th birthday at the time of the incident.

While synthetic marijuana has been illegal in DC since 2012, some businesses have continued to sell it, and at least eleven people overdosed on the synthetic drug this past weekend. As a result, a proposal is being considered to shut down any business for 96 hours that sells the drug.

William Nelson, 52, was arrested after he allegedly beat up Anthony Towns, 46, on the Green Line of the Metro this past week. A cellphone video was taken of the incident, while the passengers were in between the Anacostia and Congress Heights stops. Mr. Nelson was formally charged with felony assault.

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City-Wide Highlights

There were four homicides this past week, bringing this year’s total to 56. Homicide has increased by 14% and total crime, violent crime, and property crime have also increased compared to this time last year. • James Brown, 26, was shot and killed Sunday afternoon in between the Benning Road and Capitol Heights Metro stations. No suspect information is available at this time, and police are investigating the incident. • Kenneth Fogle, 54, was stabbed and killed Saturday afternoon in the Douglass neighborhood. No suspect information is available at this time. • Donald Franklin Bush, 44, was shot and killed Saturday evening in the Brentwood neighborhood. Authorities are investigating the incident, and no suspect information is available at this time. • Anthony Ray Melvin, 57, died Wednesday, June 10th, due to injuries he sustained a week earlier in an argument. • So far this year there have been 111 incidents of sexual abuse reported in the District. • There were 2 incidents of sexual abuse and 24 armed robberies with a gun reported this past week in DC. • Armed robberies with a gun have increased by 9% and assaults with a gun have increased by 21% compared to this time last year. • There were 772 total crimes in DC this past week including 130 violent crimes.

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Recent Crime News

June 16th

Washington Post: Juvenile shot, critically injured in Southeast Washington “A teenage boy was shot and critically wounded early Tuesday in Southeast Washington, according to a D.C. police spokeswoman. The shooting occurred about 12:40 a.m. at Naylor Road and 28th Street SE. Police described the victim as a teenager but did not release his age.”

MyFoxDC: Police investigate 4 overnight shootings in DC “D.C. Police officers are investigating several shootings that took place overnight. Four people were shot in three different locations in southeast between 11 p.m. Monday night and 12:40 Tuesday morning. The most serious incident happened at 28th Street and Naylor Road where a man who was shot is now in critical condition.”

Washington Post: Four more overdose cases of synthetic marijuana are reported in D.C. “Four people were taken to hospitals Tuesday after officials said they suffered apparent overdoses of synthetic marijuana. Tim Wilson, a spokesman for the D.C. fire department, said that the cases are similar to those on June 5, when seven people were given emergency medical treatment after apparently using the drug.”

Authorities are searching for three men wanted in connection with the shooting of a juvenile

Daron Wint, accused of killing the Savopoulos family, appeared in court Tuesday

June 15th

Washington Post: Man fatally shot in Southeast D.C. on Sunday afternoon “James Brown, of Northeast, was pronounced dead at an area hospital, according to police. The shooting occurred about 11:45 a.m. in the 5200 block of Central Avenue Southeast, just off East Capitol Street and between the Benning Road and Capitol Heights Metro stations.”

Washington Post: D.C. wants synthetic drug suppliers to get more than just ‘a slap on the wrist’ “D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser vowed Monday to crack down hard on suppliers of synthetic drugs after a spike in overdoses sent dozens to area hospitals in the past month. Bowser plans to introduce emergency legislation this week that would give the D.C. police chief authority to shut down any business found selling the drugs for a period of 96 hours while police investigate.”

WJLA: 13-year-old boy injured in hit and run in Southeast D.C. “A 13-year-old boy was hit by a blue minivan Monday in Southeast D.C. The incident happened at approximately 8:00 a.m. near the intersection of Nicholson and Prout Street.”

NBC Washington: Surveillance Video Shows Persons of Interest in Elevator Pickpocket Scheme “D.C. police are looking to identify two persons of interest captured on an elevator surveillance video allegedly pickpocketing a man who was using a cane. The incident was captured around 6:20 p.m. last Wednesday in an elevator in the 2100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW, police said.”

Authorities are searching for a driver wanted in connection with a fatal hit-and-run incident

June 14th

Washington Post: Two men killed in the District on Saturday night “Two men were killed, one shot and the other stabbed, in the District on Saturday night, authorities said Sunday. D.C. police said Kenneth Fogle, 54, of Southeast Washington, was fatally stabbed in the 3200 block of 23rd Street in Southeast Washington around 5:15 p.m.”

Washington Post: Man stabbed in Southeast Washington Saturday “A man was stabbed Saturday evening in Southeast Washington, authorities said Sunday. The stabbing, which appeared to be non-life threatening, was reported about 6:30 p.m. in the 2900 block of Southern Avenue, said Officer Paul Metcalf, a police spokesman.”

Donald Franklin Bush, 44, was identified as one of the men killed on Saturday

DC Police are investigating two murders in District

June 13th

A man was shot in Adams Morgan Saturday night

The search continues for Relisha Rudd

June 12th

Washington Post: Police investigate homicide in Northeast Washington “Anthony Ray Melvin, 57, of Clinton, Md., died on Wednesday after he was injured in an argument a week earlier. Police said the incident began June 3 around 9 p.m. when Melvin was in the area of Gallaudet and Kendall streets NE and an argument broke out between two people. Melvin was assaulted in the argument, police said. He drove himself to a local hospital for treatment.”

Washington Post: Police investigate fatal crash on Suitland Parkway “One woman was killed early Friday when two vehicles collided on Suitland Parkway in Southeast Washington, and D.C. police said they were seeking the driver of a Volvo who ran from the scene.”

Housekeeper of Savopolous family provides new details about the case

Mom, who plead guilty to beating son with cerebral palsy, was sentenced

Stolen packages is a persistent problem in Columbia Heights

Octavia Tillman, 31, was killed Thursday night after a car crash

2016 retrial date is set for man suspected of killing Chandra Levy

June 11th

MyFoxDC: 19-year-old dies after using drug ‘Molly’ at Echostage concert venue “A 19-year-old Virginia woman has died after taking the drug “Molly” at Echostage in Northeast D.C., police confirmed to FOX 5. Victoria Callahan, of Sterling, Virginia, was transported by ambulance in critical condition to MedStar Washington Hospital Center at around 11:50 p.m. Wednesday, where she later died. Callahan was celebrating her 19th birthday at the concert venue.”

Washington Post: D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier shifts approach to fighting drugs “D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier announced Thursday that she has ended citywide vice units and has shifted the department’s approach and targets of drug investigations.”

NBC Washington: Northwest D.C. Neighborhood Concerned About Recent Bold Burglaries “Bold burglars have a northwest Washington neighborhood on edge. When Tracy Hart was away from her 16th Street Heights home Monday, someone broke in through her back door after climbing over a locked iron gate.”

MyFoxDC: Man arrested for brutal assault of passenger on Metro train “Metro Transit Police have arrested a Maryland man for the assault of another passenger on a Metro train that was captured on cellphone video. William Nelson, 52, of Morningside, Maryland, has been charged with felony assault for the incident that happened last Sunday at around 1 a.m.”

A pedestrian is in serious condition after being struck by a vehicle

DC residents worry about the use of illegal dirk bikes in their community

Female pedestrian was struck and killed by a truck near Naval Observatory

Teacher accused of sexually abusing his 4th grade student appeared in court Thursday

Clothes and garage door openers are among evidence in the Savopoulos family killings

DC Court of Appeals upheld conviction of seven men charged with murdering a woman in 1984

June 10th

Washington Post: Bloody baseball bat found in Savopoulos killings, police say “A bloody baseball bat was found in a bedroom with the bodies of three of the four people killed at the home of the Savopoulos family in Northwest Washington last month, according to a D.C. Superior Court search warrant that was unsealed Wednesday.”

NBC Washington: Bowser Seeking Crackdown on Synthetic Drug Sellers “Synthetic drugs with names including bizarro, K2, spice and train wreck have been illegal in Washington since 2012 but after a spike in overdoses, Mayor Muriel Bowser wants to punish stores that sell the products. Bowser wants D.C. Council to allow D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier to immediately shut down for four days any stores that sell the drugs, similar to the police chief’s authority to temporarily shut down bars and nightclubs associated with violence.”

MyFoxDC: WATCH: Man robbed on DC street by 6 people, police say “D.C. police are searching for six persons of interest who forced a man to the ground and robbed him. Surveillance video shows the group walking past a man Sunday at 1:50 a.m. in the 1400 block of 5th Street, NW. After the man passed the group, they turned around and pursued him.”

WUSA9: Persons of interest sought in armed robbery “The Metropolitan Police Department needs your help identifying two persons of interest in connection with an armed robbery that took place in Northeast D.C. on Thursday. The robbery took place around 8:57 a.m. in the 4300 block of Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, Northeast, police said.”

Car was stolen near Rosedale Community Center

Crime Tip of the Week

DC Police released a video of two persons of interest wanted for pickpocketing an elderly man this week. While this elaborate theft was only one incident, there have been over 5,500 thefts this past year across the District. Keep in mind the following tips to protect yourself from possible pickpocket attempts:

This cannot be overstated – be aware of your surroundings. If you are in a situation or near a person who makes you feel uncomfortable, then leave the area.

Do not walk the city streets while talking on the phone or listening to your iPod. This will increase the likelihood that a criminal will view you as a target.

Be wary of someone who drops something right in front of you. A thief may be trying to distract you as another person attempts to pickpocket you from behind.

Posted June 18 2015 at 4:25 PM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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