Crime Update from the DC Police Union, City Wide

DC Crime Summary – June 24th – 30th

There were 5 homicides this past week, bringing this year’s total to 68. While homicides have increased by 24% compared to this time last year, total crime, property crime, and violent crime have all increased in DC compared to the same time last year.

Darrell Michael Grays, 33, was identified as the man who was fatally shot Sunday in Hill East. No suspect information is available and police are investigating the homicide.

Rodney Delonte Davis, 25, was shot and killed Sunday morning near Shepherd Parkway. After he was found by responders, he was pronounced dead at a local hospital and authorities and investigating the case.

Kevin Cortez, 23, was shot and killed late Friday night in the Trinidad neighborhood. No suspect information is available at this time and authorities are investigating the incident.

A man, who was found dead inside of a burning trashcan near Gallaudet University, was fatally shot before he was relocated to a trash bin according to investigators. The victim has not yet been identified.

Stephon Marquis Perkins, 21, was shot and killed Thursday morning, June 25th, in Anacostia. No suspect information is available at this time, and authorities are investigating the incident.

William Smallwood, 23, was sentenced to 22 years in prison and Demitrich Jones, 17, was sentenced to 18 years in prison after they were found guilty in connection with the murder of Rashard Raigns, 33, last year.

Mark Chuvala, a 38-year-old music teacher, was arrested and charged with sexually abusing a minor he met in one of his classes in DC.

Derryck Anjuan Decuir, 22, was formally charged in connection with the fatal shooting of Malek Mercer, 15.

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City-Wide Highlights

There were 5 homicides this past week, bringing this year’s total to 68. While homicides have increased by 24% compared to this time last year, total crime, property crime, and violent crime have all increased in DC compared to the same time last year. • So far this year there have been 125 incidents of sexual abuse reported in the District. • There were 10 incidents of sexual abuse and 16 armed robberies with a gun reported this past week in DC. • Armed robberies with a gun have increased by 10% and assaults with a gun have increased by 17% compared to this time last year. • There were 834 total crimes in DC this past week including 121 violent crimes.

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Recent Crime News

June 30th

WUSA9: Man arrested for stabbing death of woman in SE DC “A man was arrested and charged for the stabbing death of a woman in Southeast, D.C. that occurred on May 13, police said. Delonta Jovon Wynn, 34, of Southeast, D.C. was charged Tuesday with murder two while armed, according to police.”

NBC Washington: U Street Bank Robbed in Lunchtime Heist “A man wearing a construction vest and fisherman’s hat walked into a bank on U Street NW Tuesday afternoon and robbed it before many customers knew anything was amiss. The bank robber struck about 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, entering the SunTrust Bank on the 1200 block of U Street NW, alongside the U Street Metro station.”

NBC Washington: Police Academy Locked Down After Driver Opens Fire on I-295 “The Metropolitan Police Department training facility was locked down Monday afternoon after a driver on I-295 fired at another car. The driver fired about 12 p.m. near Exit 1 in Southwest D.C., and then fled into a wooded area close to the police facility. The MPD facility was locked down as police searched for the shooter. He was not found, an MPD representative said.”

June 29th

Washington Post: Man shot Saturday in Northeast Washington is identified “A man who was fatally shot Saturday afternoon in Northeast Washington has been identified as a 33-year-old Darrell Michael Grays, according to D.C. police. Grays, of Northeast, was pronounced dead at an area hospital shortly after the shooting, which occurred about 5 p.m. in the 1600 block of E Street NE.”

Washington Post: Man found unconscious in Southwest Washington had been shot, police say “A man from Manassas who was found shot and lying unconscious in Southwest Washington Sunday morning has died, according to D.C. police. Rodney Delonte Davis, 25, was pronounced dead at an area hospital. Police said a bystander found the man about 9 a.m. in the first block of Galveston Place SW, near South Capitol Street.”

Washington Post: District man, teen sentenced in fatal shooting of victim over laptop “A District man and a teenager were sentenced to prison for the murder of a man during an attempted robbery of the man’s laptop computer, the U.S. attorney’s office said Monday.”

MyFoxDC: VIDEO: Suspects trash Northwest DC convenience store “It was caught on camera—a dangerous duo struck a Park View convenience store. But this was far from your typical stick up. There was no gun—just fury—enough to turn the store upside down. And the store’s cashier is just thankful to be alive after the close encounter.”

Families of homicide victims held a vigil to remember the fallen

A man was shot early Monday morning near the Kelly Miller Recreation Center

Two female suspects are wanted in shooting of DC taxi driver

June 28th

Washington Post: Man is killed in the Capitol Hill area “A man was shot and fatally wounded Sunday in a neighborhood near the eastern edge of the Capitol Hill area, D.C. police said. They said the man was found Sunday afternoon around 5 p.m. in the 1600 block of E Street NE after police were sent there to look into a report about a shooting.”

Washington Post: Injured man dies after being found near NW intersection “A 34-year-old man died Saturday shortly after D.C. police found him with trauma-related injuries near a Northwest D.C. intersection. Lee Sintell Fleming, of Northwest Washington, died after being found by police near the intersection of 9th Street and Barry Place NW, police said.”

Two male suspects are wanted for an armed robbery in Capitol View

A taxi driver was shot early Sunday morning in Hill East

Woman was sexually assaulted in Woodland early Saturday morning

June 27th

Washington Post: Man slain in Trinidad area of NE Washington “A man was found fatally shot a few minutes before midnight Friday in the Trinidad area of Northeast Washington, D.C. police said. They said Kevin Cortez Johnson, 23, of Southeast Washington was found about 11:45 p.m. in the 1200 block of Raum Street NE.”

June 26th

Washington Post: Music teacher charged with sexually abusing child in District “A 38-year man from Maryland has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a child who police said he met through music classes in the District, according to D.C. police. Mark Chuvala, who lives in the Maryland Eastern Shore town of Berlin, is charged with first-degree child sexual abuse.”

A man was shot at a gas station in Brentwood and police are searching for a suspect

Matthew Gigot, 29, was arrested and charged with a sexual performance using a minor

Deante Tinnen’s body was found Wednesday in Tidal Basin and no foul play was expected in his death

Three dead bodies were found in Tidal Basin this past week

Hassain Smart, 19, was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting and robbing two women this past week

June 25th

MyFoxDC: Mayor, police chief meet with concerned DC residents about increase in violence “A recent spike in crime and murders in Washington D.C. has the mayor and police chief on alert. They both spoke with concerned residents at the Fifth District police station Thursday night. People who live in this district asked for answers regarding crime in their Northeast D.C. neighborhoods.”

Washington Post: 21-year-old fatally shot in District “D.C. police officers say a 21-year-old Maryland man was found fatally shot on a Southeast Washington street early Thursday morning. While patrolling in the 7th District about 3:45 a.m., officers found a man suffering from apparent gunshot wounds near the intersection of 16th and Galen streets, police said. Authorities took him to a hospital, where he later died.”

Washington Post: Homicides up 20 percent in D.C. this year, with nearly 30 killed since May 1 “A surge in killings has pushed up the District’s homicide count this year, a spike that is worrying residents, police and city leaders as the summer gets underway. Nearly 30 people have been killed since May 1, double the number during the same period last year, and 14 have been killed in the past 17 days. This year’s homicide count stands at 64, compared with 53 at this time last year.”

Washington Post: Man found dead in burning trash bin had been shot, D.C. police say “A man who was found dead in a burning trash bin on Tuesday in Northeast Washington had been shot and his death has been ruled a homicide, according to District police. The victim’s identity has not yet been determined. Police said Thursday that the body is that of a black male.”

Washington Post: Christopher Barry, son of the late D.C. mayor, ordered to spend 15 days in jail “Marion Christopher Barry, the son of the former D.C. mayor, was ordered to spend 15 days in jail for violating the terms of his probation after he was arrested for driving on a revoked license and flouting a court order not to drive.”

NBC Washington: What Is Synthetic Marijuana and Why Is It Gaining Popularity? “Synthetic marijuana has played a role in multiple accidents and crimes in the past several weeks: a woman is accused of stabbing her boyfriend while high on the drug, and a D.C. homeless shelter experienced multiple overdoses. Mayor Muriel Bowser has said she wants to crack down on all synthetic drugs.”

A suspect was arrested after attacking two women at gunpoint

Rev. Anthony Motley, Ward 8 activist, received probation for stealing $52k in grant money

A female pedestrian was hit by a car at Wisconsin Avenue NW Thursday afternoon

June 24th

Washington Post: Murder charge added for 22-year-old man accused of shooting teen “A man previously accused of shooting a 15-year-old has now been charged with murder, after the teenager died of his injuries. Derryck Anjuan Decuir, 22, was arrested Friday and charged with shooting Malek Mercer, a Ballou High School sophomore, after Mercer got off a bus early on the morning of June 16.”

Washington Post: Man shot Sunday night has died of his injuries, D.C. police say “A 26-year-old man who was shot Sunday night in Northeast Washington has died of his injuries, according to D.C. police. Arvel Lee Stewart, of Northeast, was pronounced dead on Tuesday, police said. He was found injured about 9:10 p.m. Sunday in the 2200 block of H Street NE, in the Carver-Langston neighborhood.”

Washington Post: Police say remains believed to be human found in Potomac River “District police on Wednesday found what they believe to be human remains in the Potomac River in Northwest Washington, according to a department spokesman.”

WUSA9: Police investigate shooting involving woman in NE, DC “Police are investigating after a woman was shot early Wednesday morning in Northeast, D.C., authorities said. The shooting happened in the 1600 block of F Street in Northeast, D.C., DC police said. The woman was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.”

A body was found in the Tidal Basin Wednesday morning

Crime Tip of the Week

With July 4th approaching, there will be an abundance of fireworks in the District. If you plan on using fireworks or know somebody who does, please keep in mind the following safety tips:

Firecrackers, any firework that explodes (such as a Roman candle or cherry bomb), and sparkers more than 20 inches in length are illegal. Please see a full list of illegal fireworks by clicking here.

Read ALL of the labels on the fireworks before igniting, and wear safety goggles. Carelessness can lead to unintended and serious injuries.

Do not let children near the fireworks, and do not drink before igniting a firework.

Posted July 02 2015 at 3:41 PM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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