Crime Update from the DC Police Union, City Wide

DC Crime Summary – July 1st – 7th

There were 3 homicides this past week, bringing this year’s total to 71. While homicides have increased by 22% 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.

Kevin Joseph Sutherland was stabbed to death Saturday afternoon at the NoMa-Gallaudet station. Authorities believe that the stabbing occurred as a result of a robbery gone awry. Jasper Spires, 18, was arrested Monday morning.

Dwayne Gene Dillard, 23, was shot and killed early Sunday morning in Barry Farm. Three other people were injured in the shooting and no suspect information is available at this time.

John Jones, 24, was fatally shot Sunday morning near Fort Stanton Park. No suspect information is available at this time, and police are investigating the incident.

Heineken McNeil, 19, was identified as the man who was found burning inside of a trash bin last week. Authorities have ruled his death a homicide and believe he was fatally shot before placed in the trash bin.

An unidentified male’s body was found in the Anacostia River Friday morning. Authorities believe the male is about 20-30 years old, and homicide detectives are investigating the incident.

Bijan Gray, 23, was arrested for displaying a gun on Sunday. He was also charged in connection with shooting a man in Carver / Langston in May.

A 14-year-old male was arrested Wednesday and charged with stealing 6 iPhone 6’s between May 27th and June 15th. He stole all of the iPhones on Metro trains and at stations.

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City-Wide Highlights

There were 3 homicides this past week, bringing this year’s total to 71. While homicides have increased by 22% 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 130 incidents of sexual abuse reported in the District. • There were 5 incidents of sexual abuse and 18 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 19% compared to this time last year. • There were 750 total crimes in DC this past week including 140 violent crimes.

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Recent Crime News

July 7th

Washington Post: Police investigate fatal shooting in Northeast D.C. “D.C. Police said they are investigating a fatal shooting Wednesday of a man in Northeast Washington. The incident was reported around 12:30 a.m. near the intersection of 45th and Ponds Street NE.”

Washington Post: Man assaulted while walking down New York Avenue NW dies “An Alexandria man who was assaulted while walking on New York Avenue in the District has died of his injuries, D.C. police said Tuesday. Police are investigating the death of Thomas Harris, 52, as a homicide.”

Washington Post: Horrified passengers witnessed brutal July 4 slaying aboard Metro car “As the train rumbled toward its next stop, at NoMa-Gallaudet, a three-minute ride, D.C. police said, the 18-year-old Spires — who may have been high on synthetic drugs — tried to grab a cellphone tucked into the waistband of a recent American University graduate headed to a gathering with friends. The two struggled, police said, and the terror began.”

Washington Post: Toddler abandoned on busy D.C. street “A person was arrested on suspicion of abandoning a toddler on a busy street in downtown D.C. on Tuesday. Mindy Good, a spokeswoman for the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency, said the child, who is 2 or 3 years old, was wandering alone.”

MyFoxDC: WANTED: FBI seeks robbers in 4 bank heists within 7 days “The FBI is looking for the men responsible for four bank robberies in D.C. and Northern Virginia within the last seven days. The robberies are not believed to be related.”

DC Police are searching for two suspects in armed robbery

Two wanted in armed robbery that took place June 7th

Gunshots were heard near a park with children in Columbia Heights

July 6th

Washington Post: Man arrested in July 4 slaying on Metro train “Jasper Spires, 18, of Northwest Washington was arrested Monday morning on Georgia Avenue NW several blocks from Sherman Circle after being spotted by officers. D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said the suspect was deemed so dangerous that she had fliers about him distributed to patrol officers across the city and ordered his description broadcast over the police radio every two hours.”

Washington Post: Woman attacked in daylight near Maryland border, D.C. police say “A woman walking in the District during the afternoon was robbed by two men who wanted to sexually assault her, D.C. police said on Monday. Police spokesman Paul Metcalf said that the two assailants who attacked the woman on the 5100 block of Lee Street NE some time between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. Friday took money and other property from the woman, but did not complete an intended sexual assault.”

NBC Washington: Suspect in May Shooting Arrested for Allegedly Displaying Gun Sunday “A man arrested for allegedly displaying a gun Sunday is suspected in the shooting of a man in May, according to D.C. police. About 10:50 p.m. May 18, someone shot a man in the 1900 block of I Street NE. The victim was taken to a hospital.”

July 5th

Washington Post: Two dead, several injured after shootings in D.C. over July 4 weekend “D.C. police are investigating two separate shootings in Southeast Washington that killed two men and injured several others over the Fourth of July weekend. Authorities are searching for shooters in the separate fatal attacks, which killed 24-year-old John Jones and 23-year-old Dwayne Gene Dillard.”

NBC Washington: Four Shot, One Killed, in Southeast DC Incident “Metropolitan police said four people were shot and one person killed in a shooting incident in southeast Washington early Sunday morning. Police said in addition to the person pronounced dead, one person was taken to the hospital in critical condition and two others were transported to the hospital. The deceased victim has been identified as Dwayne Gene Dillard, 23, of Southeast, Washington, D.C.”

Jasper Spires is wanted for first-degree murder

Kwai Stephon Gray, 34, died after a motor scooter crash early Sunday morning

Joel Johnson, a 53-year-old homicide victim, is remembered by his family

July 4th

Washington Post: Man dies after stabbing on train at NoMa-Gallaudet Metro station “A man was stabbed to death Saturday on a train on the Metro Red Line, the D.C. police said. They said the man was stabbed about 12:50 p.m. in the NoMa-Gallaudet Station, which is in the 200 block of Florida Avenue NE.”

Metrobus drivers fear assaults more than anything else

July 3rd

Washington Post: Body found underneath Benning Road Bridge in Northeast “District police officials said the body of an unidentified male was found in the Anacostia River Friday morning underneath the Benning Road bridge in Northeast. Police described the man as a 20- to 30-year-old black male.”

July 2nd

Washington Post: Shooting in Northwest injures two men “Metropolitan police are investigating a double shooting in Northwest early Thursday that injured two people. Officers discovered two men with gunshot wounds in the 1300 block of 7th Street at 12:21 a.m., after receiving reports of a shooting.”

Washington Post: Police identify body that was found shot and burned inside a trash bin “D.C. police identified the body of a 19-year-old man who was found fatally shot inside a burning trash bin last week in Northeast Washington. Police said Heineken McNeil, of Southeast, was the victim discovered after firefighters extinguished a blaze in an alley off the 1200 block of Holbrook Terrace NE about 5:40 a.m. on June 24.”

A man was struck by a train at the Foggy Bottom Metro station

White House fence jumper receives a sentence of one-year supervised release

Loud noise at Naval Yard led to a massive police response

Savopoluos killings suspect fired his attorney and has asked for a public defender

July 1st

Washington Post: Sword may have been among weapons used in Savopoulos killings “The assailant or assailants who killed three members of the Savopoulos family and their housekeeper in May are believed to have used a sword that belonged to the family, according to two people familiar with the investigation.”

Washington Post: Teenager stole iPhone 6s from six Metro riders, police say “A teenager stole six of the latest iPhone model on the Blue, Orange and Silver Lines in May and June, Metro Transit Police said. Police said that the 14-year-old, arrested on Wednesday, stole an iPhone 6 from the victim in all six robberies, which occurred in the afternoons and evenings between May 27 and June 15.”

WUSA9: Person of interest sought in Northwest DC burglary “The Metropolitan Police Department wants the public’s help identifying and locating a person of interest in connection with a burglary that occurred in the 900 block of Webster Street NW on May 23 between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.”

Homicide victim’s mother says her daughter lived a dangerous lifestyle

Metal spikes were added to White House fence to improve security

Crime Tip of the Week

There have been over 1,100 burglaries in the District so far this year, and if you are traveling this summer, your unattended house or apartment may be vulnerable to burglary. As NBC Washington reported, burglaries may go up this time of year, so please keep in mind the following tips to protect your home:

Make sure you tell the post office to hold your mail, while you are away, or ask a neighbor to pick it up. Piles of mail near your front door can indicate to a burglar that he or she has a good chance of entering your home without getting caught.

If you have a window air-conditioner unit, make sure that it is securely fastened. It is not uncommon for burglars to remove air-conditioner units as a way of entering a home.

Last but not least, lock all first story windows and doors.

Posted July 09 2015 at 4:09 PM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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