Crime Update from the DC Police Union, City Wide

DC Crime Summary – July 15th – 21st

Violent crime, especially homicides and assault with a deadly weapon, are up compared to this time last year.

There were 3 homicides this past week, bringing this year’s total to 77. Homicides have increased by 18% 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.

Charles Douglas, 33, was shot and killed a few blocks north of Logan Circle Saturday morning. A suspect was last seen traveling inside of a dark colored vehicle.

Wesley West, 25, was fatally shot in Congress Heights early Saturday morning. No suspect information is available at this time and authorities are investigating the incident.

Bryan Perkins, 18, was killed in a triple shooting in Edgewood Friday night. There is no suspect information available, and DC Police are investigating the incident.

Kenneth Garner, 24, was arrested Wednesday, July 15th, in connection with the fatal assault of Thomas Harris, 52, on July 5th. The suspect was charged with first-degree murder.

An 11-13 year old boy is suspected of stabbing another juvenile near Petworth Metro station. Authorities believe the suspect was last seen wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.

A woman walking near Friendship Blow Pierce Junior Academy Monday morning was attacked and sexually assaulted by a man who was armed. DC Police released a video of a person of interest and are asking for the public’s help in locating him.

Laqueda Ransome, 34, was arrested and charged with stabbing three women and a young girl Monday night near HD Woodson Senior High School.

A community meeting was held in the NoMa neighborhood to address the recent increase in crime in the area.

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City-Wide Highlights

There were 3 homicides this past week, bringing this year’s total to 77. Homicides have increased by 18% 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. • So far this year there have been 137 incidents of sexual abuse reported in the District. • There were 4 incidents of sexual abuse and 25 armed robberies with a gun reported this past week in DC. • Armed robberies with a gun have increased by 14% and assaults with a gun have increased by 18% compared to this time last year. • There were 821 total crimes in DC this past week including 123 violent crimes.

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Recent Crime News

July 21st

Washington Post: D.C. schools aide charged with trying to kill boyfriend “Lisa Lashell Finley, 29, who has been an educational aide at Anacostia High School since 2013, was charged with first-degree arson, attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault.”

Washington Post: Woman, 34, charged with slashing and stabbing three women and girl in NE “A 34-year-old woman was arrested and charged after she allegedly slashed and stabbed three other woman and a young girl in Northeast Washington. D.C. police said the incident occurred around 10 p.m. Monday in the 500 block of 50th Place NE. There was a verbal altercation between the suspect and the victims, and police said Laqueda Ransome, 34, slashed and stabbed at the women and girl.”

Washington Post: Prostitution sting: Police arrest 30 men in Northwest D.C. crackdown “D.C. police say they have arrested 30 men in connection with prostitution in Northwest Washington as part of a program to cut down on the crime.”

A person is wanted for a burglary in the Logan Circle neighborhood

DC Police released a video of a person of interest wanted in connection with a shooting

Oludumare Ayoudeji’s body was found in DC river

GOP fundraiser was sentenced to 46 months in prison after child pornography charge

Band of DC lawyers are offering to help survivor cope with issues for free

July 20th

Washington Post: Police: Boy, about 11 to 13, stabbed another juvenile in the Petworth area “A young boy stabbed another juvenile in Northwest D.C. on Monday, D.C. police said. Police said they are looking for a boy between the ages of 11 to 13 wearing a black shirt and blue jeans. On Twitter, police said the boy is black and about 5’4’’ or 5’5’’.”

WUSA9: MISSING: 14-year-old girl from Southeast, D.C. “Police need your help locating a missing 14-year-old girl from Southeast, D.C. Police say Glenda Aleman was last seen on Thursday in the 4400 block of Texas Avenue SE. Aleman is described by police as a Hispanic female, approximately 5 ‘3” tall, 100 pounds, light complexion, long black hair. She may be carrying an orange and black back pack, police said.”

Washington Post: Woman walking on Monday morning is sexually assaulted by armed man “Police said that the victim was walking on the 700 block of 19th Street NE between 5 and 5:30 a.m. when the man attacked her. That block, which is just south of Benning Road, is the location of Friendship Blow Pierce Junior Academy, an elementary school.”

MyFoxDC: Man arrested for destruction of property inside DC convenience store “Police have arrested a Maryland man for trashing a Northwest D.C. convenience store last month that was caught on surveillance video by the store’s security cameras.”

WJLA: Community leaders hold anti-violence march in Southeast D.C. “Over the weekend between 9 p.m. Friday and 3:30 a.m. Saturday, six people were gunned down in D.C. Three of them died. Police said the cases are not connected. So far they have made no arrests.”

Synthetic drugs are attainable online, despite law blocking DC stores from selling

Savopoulos family was beaten and strangled during quadruple homicide

DC Metro added a DC Fire Department Liason to its “nerve center”

DNA of identified person was found in DC mansion slaying

July 19th

Concerns grow in DC after three homicides since Friday

Charles Douglass, 33, died after a fatal shooting Saturday morning

A man was hospitalized after suffering serious injuries in a car crash, while another was placed under arrest

July 18th

NBC Washington: Two Men Shot, Killed in Separate DC Incidents “Two men were shot and killed in separate incidents in Washington early Saturday morning. The first incident occurred at approximately 12:56 a.m. when officers responded to a call for the sound of a gunshot in the 3400 block of 13th Place, Southeast.”

Washington Post: The scariest thing about synthetic drugs is everything that’s unknown “The man in the Mickey Mouse shirt was clinging to a light pole on H Street NE when police showed up, and then he dropped his pants. Another man near Eastern Market was laughing so hard that paramedics had trouble keeping him on a stretcher. A third, whom police found prancing through Capitol Hill, started kicking and screaming when eight police and fire officials tried to restrain him.”

One man was killed, while three others were injured Friday night Edgewood shootings

Six shootings took place in twenty fours in the District this weekend

Mysteries surround the death of Fuzz Wood Short Fuzzy

James B. Chandler, 33, was sentenced to 80 months in prison Friday after he was charged with driving an SUV on the sidewalk and killing a man in February

July 17th

NBC Washington: Md. Man to be Sentenced for Killing Pedestrian in Fatal, PCP-Fueled Crash “James Chandler Jr., 33, of Silver Spring, was speeding on H Street NW during rush hour Feb. 23 when his SUV hit a curb, mounted the sidewalk and hit a retaining wall. Court documents obtained by News4 said Chandler was driving about 65 mph in a 25 mph zone.”

Washington Post: Three shot in Northeast Washington Friday night “Three people were shot in an incident Friday night in Northeast Washington, the D.C. police said. All three were taken to hospitals, and at least one appeared to be critically wounded.”

WUSA9: 2 people, car sought in DC assault “D.C. police are looking for two people and a car in connection with an assault with a dangerous weapon. The incident, which occurred on July 2 in the 1300 block of 7th Street at approximately 12:18 a.m., was caught on camera. In the video, as seen below, gunshots appear to be fired from inside the vehicle.”

DC Police are searching for suspects wanted for violently assaulting in Shaw

Jasper Spires, a suspect in a July 4th stabbing along the Metro, may be tested for mental competency

July 16th

Washington Post: Man arrested in fatal assault on New York Avenue “D.C. police said they arrested a man in the death of Thomas Harris, an Alexandria resident who was fatally assaulted on New York Avenue on July 5. On Wednesday, police said they arrested Kenneth Garner, 24, of Southeast. He was charged with first-degree murder, they said.”

Washington Post: Driver in fatal hit-and-run was 40 mph over limit, had alcohol, court files say “A judge Thursday ordered Robert Paris, 52, to remain in jail until his preliminary hearing July 27 in connection with the crash that left Tomika Pardlow-Early dead. Pardlow-Early was on the side of the road working on a flat tire when she was struck, and Paris is charged with second-degree murder and leaving the scene of a crash.”

WUSA9: Bloomingdale store shut down for selling synthetic drugs “A store in Washington D.C.‘s Bloomingdale neighborhood has been shut down for a year for selling synthetic drugs, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine announced Wednesday.”

MyFoxDC: EXCLUSIVE: Family fears 11-year-old was victim of sex trafficking “A young D.C. girl missing for days is now back home, but her family is afraid she may have been the victim of sex trafficking. For nearly three days, Gary Jones-Russell had no idea where his 11-year-old daughter was.”

Washington Post: $5 million theft ring in D.C. region shut down, officials say “Seven members of the Simple City Criminal Organization were arrested Thursday after 140 federal and local law enforcement officers executed 11 search warrants in the alleged racketeering conspiracy. Simple City is a nickname for an area of the Benning Terrace neighborhood in Southeast Washington, where authorities say many of the group’s members operated.”

61-year-old man fought off two robbers

Two people are arrested for allegedly selling synthetic marijuana at a park

July 15th

Washington Post: D.C. driver charged with killing woman had previous driving arrests “It had been a devastating several months for Tomika Pardlow-Early, her family said. Her husband of about eight years died in August at 44 of a sudden heart attack… But as soon as she began to get the pieces of her world back, Pardlow-Early, 32, was struck and killed by a pickup truck allegedly speeding along Suitland Parkway in what police said was a hit-and-run crash.”

Washington Post: Video shows burglary inside D.C. library branch “A burglar climbed into a D.C. Public Library branch and stole computer equipment. D.C. Police released a video of the burglarly at the Deanwood Neighborhood Library’s security cameras on Wednesday, to help in finding a suspect.”

MyFoxDC: Community meeting held to discuss recent spike in Northeast DC crime “Neighbors in a Northeast D.C. community gathered Wednesday night to discuss the recent spike in crime in the area. Residents in the NoMa neighborhood and nearby areas say the crime here is out of hand.”

MyFoxDC: VIDEO: Suspects stomp on victim during violent robbery of bicycle “D.C. police are looking for five people seen on video attacking and robbing a person of his bicycle. The violent robbery happened in the 1100 block of R Street in Northwest D.C. at around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.”

A woman was killed in a hit-and-run on Suitland Parkway

Video captures a series of car break-ins in Glover Park

Three are wanted for causing damage to a store in Columbia Heights

Four suspects have been arrested and charged with armed robbery

Crime Tip of the Week

There were 67 motor vehicle thefts this past week, and motor vehicle thefts have increased by 6%. Thefts from automobiles have also increased by 7% compared to this time last year. To protect your vehicle and belongings, keep in mind the following tips.

Do not leave any valuables in plain sight. If a criminal can view a wallet or laptop from the window of your car, it leaves your car vulnerable to a possible break-in.

If you leave your car with the valet, double check to make sure that you are leaving your car with a reputable company and not someone who poses as a valet attendant.

Remember to lock your doors when it is parked. While this may sound simple, it can be easy to forget and it leaves your property vulnerable to thieves.

Posted July 23 2015 at 3:29 PM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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