CRIME UPDATE FROM THE DC POLICE UNION, CITY WIDE

DC Crime Summary – July 8th – 14th

There were 2 homicides this past week, bringing this year’s total to 74. Homicides have increased by 19% compared to this time last year, while total crime, property crime, and violent crime have all increased in DC compared to the same time last year.

Timothy Bing, 36, was fatally shot Sunday night near Union Station. The suspect was last seen wearing a black and white shirt and blue jeans he was described as having a slim build and is armed with a gun.

William Clemments Herndon, 24, was identified as the man who was shot and killed in Kenilworth the morning of Wednesday July 8th.

Zakias Blanding, 19, was arrested in connection with homicide of Heineken McNeil, 19. The victim was found burning in a trash bin last week, and authorities believe that he was fatally shot before he was found in the trash bin.

A video was released of a June drive-by homicide that took place near the Hechinger Mall. Authorities are searching for two persons of interest, and police are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating the persons of interest.

Santos Ventura, 64, was identified as the woman who was killed in a quadruple stabbing Sunday night in a Northwest home near the U Street corridor. Manuel Antonio Ramos, 70, was arrested in connection with the incident, and he was charged with first-degree murder while armed.

Jamil Betts, 24, was arrested and charged with fatally shooting Andre McConnell, 26, in Buena Vista in April. Another victim sustained non-life threatening injuries in the incident.

Jarnese Harris, 28, and an unidentified male were arrested in connection with child sex trafficking charges. According to DC Police, the suspects were involved in trafficking juvenile sex workers, physical sexual abuse of the juvenile victims, and the distribution of marijuana.

DC Police have confirmed that two men shot at each other Tuesday morning at a playground in Columbia Heights. The incident has raised concerns among neighborhood residents, as the incident endangered children playing at the park.

After a woman riding a bike along the Metropolitan Branch Trail was robbed Monday, two juvenile males were arrested Tuesday and charged in the case.

Kevin Burno, 26, was convicted of crashing a car into a District Police Officer and injuring him in March 2013. The incident left the officer seriously injured, he no longer has use of his lower left leg. Mr. Burno faces a sentence of up to 30 years in prison.

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City-Wide Highlights

There were 2 homicides this past week, bringing this year’s total to 74. While homicides have increased by 19% 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 133 incidents of sexual abuse reported in the District. • There were 3 incidents of sexual abuse and 32 armed robberies with a gun reported this past week in DC. • Armed robberies with a gun have increased by 12% and assaults with a gun have increased by 19% compared to this time last year. • There were 787 total crimes in DC this past week including 129 violent crimes.

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Recent Crime News

July 14th

NBC Washington: Persons of Interest Sought in D.C. Homicide “Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying four people who may be connected to a deadly shooting in southeast D.C. Officers were called to the 2600 block of Douglass Place SE on July 4 for a report of a shooting. Dwayne Gene Dillard, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say four other people were injured in the shooting.”

NBC Washington: Four Suspects Sought in Armed Robbery in D.C. “Police need your help identifying four people who robbed a northeast D.C. tire shop Monday morning. Surveillance cameras at Mac’s Tire Service show the suspects running into the business just before 3 a.m. A store employee tries to shut the door before the robbers can enter, but they overpower her and force her into an office.”

Washington Post: Two teens charged in connection with the robbery of a bicyclist on D.C. trail “Two teenagers were arrested Tuesday in connection with a robbery Monday of a bicyclist on the Metropolitan Bike Trail, the D.C. police said. The robbery gained widespread attention after the circulation of cell phone photographs taken by another bicyclist on the trail.”

Washington Post: Man shot at apartment complex in D.C.’s NoMa neighborhood “D.C. police said they are investigating a shooting that happened early Sunday morning at an apartment complex in the NoMa neighborhood of Northeast Washington. The incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. Sunday at a building at 140 M Street NE, near First and M streets NE. There are several buildings that are part of a complex known as Flats 130.”

Washington Post: Brazen shooting caught on camera: Gunman opens fire in broad daylight “D.C. police are looking for four persons of interest, shown in a surveillance video, who police say they believe were involved in a homicide that happened on the Fourth of July in Southeast Washington.”

Yanaria Duncan, 11, is missing as authorities ask for public’s help in locating her

Ingmar Guandique, accused of killing Chandra Levy, will remain in jail until his new trial

July 13th

Washington Post: Police investigate deadly shooting in NE Washington “D.C. police said Monday they are investigating a homicide in Northeast Washington. The incident occurred around 10 p.m. Sunday in the 900 block of 3rd Street NE. Officials said a man was shot and pronounced dead. His name was not immediately released, pending notification of his relatives.”

Washington Post: Police investigate deadly shooting of 36-year-old man in Northeast Washington “D.C. police said Monday they have identified a man who was shot and killed on Sunday in a homicide in Northeast Washington. The incident occurred around 10 p.m. Sunday in the 900 block of 3rd Street NE. Officials said 36-year-old Timothy Bing of Northeast Washington was shot.”

MyFoxDC: Mourners gather at funeral to remember man stabbed to death on Metro train “The father of a southwest Connecticut man stabbed to death on a Washington, D.C., subway says his son was a sensitive and caring man determined to make the world a better place.”

WUSA9: Man arrested in NE, DC sexual assault of woman “A man was arrested in connection with a sexual assault of a woman in Northeast, D.C. on July 3, Metropolitan police said. Police arrested Anthony Jamal Plummer, 26, of Capital Heights, Md. Plummer is being charged with assault with intent to commit first degree sexual abuse, robbery and kidnapping, authorities said.”

A video was released of four people wanted for armed robbery

Neighborhood meeting was held to discuss danger of synthetic marijuana

Authorities are investigating a shooting that took place in a NoMa apartment building on Sunday

July 12th

Washington Post: When unidentified remains are found, police keep looking for answers “Her body was found in her third-floor apartment in Northwest Washington, and among the few valuables she left behind, police said, were a pair of mahogany leather boots, some cheap jewelry and $152 in cash.”

A video of a June homicide was released as DC Police ask for public’s help

A man was hospitalized after DC Police responded to reports of a shooting

July 11th

DC Church holds a summit to discuss the dangers of synthetic marijuana

A couple in Adams Morgan was robbed and assaulted Saturday morning

Police are investigating a shooting near U Street corridor

July 10th

Washington Post: District jury convicts man of running down D.C. police officer in 2013 “A D.C. Superior Court jury has convicted a 26-year-old man of crashing a car into a District police officer, seriously injuring him, in March of 2013, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Sean Hickman, a 10-year veteran of the force, lost the use of his lower left leg, according to prosecutors. He is still with the department, assigned to public affairs.”

Washington Post: Difficulties testing synthetic drugs are slowing criminal prosecutions “The difficulty in testing synthetic drugs is slowing the prosecution of suspects accused of possessing or selling the chemically engineered substances, even as authorities blame them for a spike in violence and overdoses, according to District officials.”

Washington Post: Police investigate shooting in SE Washington “D.C. Police said they are investigating an early morning shooting Friday that happened in Southeast Washington. Few details were immediately available. Police confirmed that it was a man who was shot and transported to an area hospital. There were no further details about his condition.”

NBC Washington: D.C. Cracks Down on Synthetic Drugs ‘Ravaging’ Neighborhoods “In one week in D.C., police say, a woman abandoned a baby in a stroller alongside a busy D.C. street—and a young man who had been in college just a year ago stabbed a passenger on a Metro train 30 to 40 times. The two crimes were tied together by the drug police believe the suspects may have been using: synthetic marijuana.”

There was a shooting in Barry Farm on Friday that police are actively investigating

Two persons in DC are arrested in connection with child trafficking ring

DC businesses still sell synthetic marijuana despite its illegal status

July 9th

Washington Post: Man charged with April homicide in Southeast D.C. “Police have arrested a suspect in an April homicide in Southeast Washington. Jamil Betts, 24, of Southeast Washington was arrested Thursday and charged with fatally shooting Andre A. McConnell, 26, of Capitol Heights. McConnell was one of two people shot in the 3100 block of Buena Vista Terrace on April 27. The other victim suffered wounds that were not life-threatening.”

Washington Post: Police confirm men shot at each other on playground; residents still nervous “D.C. police said they found shell casings at a playground in Northwest Washington where they believe two men fired shots at each other Tuesday morning, sending panicked parents and their children scrambling for coverage.”

WUSA9: Two people from SE DC arrested for child sex trafficking “Two people from Southeast, D.C. were arrested for child sex trafficking, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. The arrests were made in connection with a sex trafficking of children case that police say involved the pandering and trafficking of juvenile sex workers, physical sexual abuse of juvenile victims, and the distribution of marijuana.”

Symone Green, a DC substitute teacher, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in connection with having sexual relations with a 17-year-old student

New hearing is scheduled for Rabbi Barry Freundel, who was sentenced to six and a half years in jail for voyeurism

July 8th

NBC Washington: Suspect Arrested in Death of Man Found in Burning Trashcan in Northeast D.C. “A 19-year-old suspect has been arrested in the death of a man whose body was found in a burning trashcan in Northeast D.C. last month. Authorities say the suspect and the victim were friends. Zakias Blanding of D.C. was arrested Wednesday morning in the death of 19-year-old Heineken McNeil, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced.”

WUSA9: Name of man shot, killed in NE DC released “MPD officials say officers were called to the 1500 block of 45th Street near Ponds St. around 12:35 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a shooting. Once on scene they found a man suffering from gunshot wounds to the head and chest. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Police later said the man was identified as 24-year-old William Clemments Herndon of Southeast, DC.”

Washington Post: District man sentenced to 8 years in prison for attacking male co-worker “D.C. Superior Court Judge Patricia A. Broderick sentenced David Morris, 33, in connection with the March 14 attack after Morris pleaded guilty to assault with intent to kill. Prosecutors also elevated the charge as part of a hate crime to include a bias enhancement.”

Washington Post: Police: Woman who left baby on busy street was smoking synthetic drug “The woman who abandoned a child in a stroller on a busy D.C. street on Tuesday was high on synthetic marijuana at the time, D.C. police said. In a court document, police said that Latonya Cooper, 24, left a 10-month-old baby in a stroller in front of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on E Street NW.”

WUSA9: Persons of interest wanted in NW, DC armed robbery “Police are searching for persons of interest in connection with an armed robbery that happened in Northwest, D.C. on June 17. The robbery happened in the 7400 block of Georgia Avenue, in Northwest, D.C. around 3 a.m., Metropolitan police said.”

Kaniyah Cassell, 9, was found safe after she was described as missing by DC Police

Crime Tip of the Week

A woman riding a bicycle along the Metropolitan Branch Trail was mugged Monday morning. Unfortunately, robberies, muggings, and sexual assaults on Metropolitan Branch Trail are not uncommon occurrences. If you plan on using the trail, keep in mind the following tips to protect yourself:

Be aware of your surroundings. If a situation or a person along the trail is making you feel uncomfortable then leave.

Consider traveling in pairs along the trail. This may deter criminals from attacking or robbing you.

Posted July 16 2015 at 3:33 PM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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