DC Crime Summary – July 27th – August 2nd
• Currently, the District is on pace to reach the highest homicide level since 2008. While Mayor Bowser and Chief Lanier believe Synthetic Marijuana is the root cause of the spike in homicides and violent crimes, DC Police know that’s not the truth. We are in the middle of a manpower crisis, and it is time we recognize the real problem before it gets even worse. Check out the DC Police Union’s Treasurer Pemberton’s blog post on the matter by clicking the link below: http://dcpoliceunion.com/blog/synthetic-marijuana-the-red-herring-for-dcs-spike-in-crime.
• There were 4 homicides this past week, bringing this year’s total to 87. Homicides have increased by 26% compared to this time last year, while total crime and violent crime have increased in DC compared to the same time last year.
• William Burke, Jr., 34, was shot to death in a robbery early Sunday morning, as he was preparing to celebrate his daughter’s birthday. The incident took place in Carver / Langston, and no suspect information is available at this time.
• Shaun Simmons, 18, was shot multiple times and died early Saturday morning in Congress Heights. No suspect information is available at this time, and police are investigating the incident.
• Michael Toland, 22, was fatally shot in Benning Ridge Saturday morning. No suspect information is available at this time, and police are investigating the incident.
• Derrick Black, 24, was fatally man shot Thursday afternoon in Park View. Homicide detectives are investigating the incident, and no suspect information is available at this time.
• A three-year-old girl was fatally shot in Benning Ridge Wednesday night. Authorities believe that she was shot by another child at an apartment at the Benning Terrace complex.
• A man was kidnapped at gunpoint Sunday in Petworth. The victim was reportedly forced into a white van, and he was sexually assaulted. There were at least seven people involved in the incident according to DC Police.
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There were 4 homicides this past week, bringing this year’s total to 87. Homicides have increased by 26% compared to this time last year, while total crime and violent crime have increased in DC compared to the same time last year. • So far this year there have been 11 incidents of sexual abuse reported in the District. • There were 11 incidents of sexual abuse and 39 armed robberies with a gun reported this past week in DC. • Armed robberies with a gun have increased by 19% and assaults with a gun have increased by 22% compared to this time last year. • There were 784 total crimes in DC this past week including 144 violent crimes.
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Recent Crime News
NBC Washington: Suspicious Death of Infant Being Investigated in Petworth: Police Sources “A 4-week-old baby died Tuesday afternoon and police are investigating the death as suspicious, police sources tell News4. Police responded to a home on the 3700 block of 9th Street NW about 3:45 p.m. after a 911 call was made. When officers arrived to the home near the Petworth-Georgia Avenue Metro station, they found a 4-week-old boy who was unresponsive, sources said.”
Washington Post: Men taken into custody after possible gunfire near WWII Memorial “Police on Tuesday detained the driver of a car whose occupants were reportedly involved in a fight and possibly a shooting on Independence Avenue near the World War II Memorial on the Mall. A second person was later picked up as a person of interest, authorities said.”
WUSA9: Suspect wanted in NE DC sex assault “Police need your help identifying and locating a suspect in connection with a sex assault that occurred Sunday. The assault happened in the 3600 block of Hayes Street in Northeast, D.C. around 10 p.m.”
NBC Washington: ‘I’m Blessed’: 8-Year-Old D.C. Girl Recovering From Gunshot Wound “The little girl who was shot in the arm Friday as she played in the courtyard of her apartment building is recovering—and she and her mother are thankful the child was not more seriously wounded.”
Washington Post: District records 87th homicide of the year “The District recorded its 87th homicide of the year early Sunday when a male was found shot after a report of a robbery in Northeast Washington, police said. The victim, who had yet to be identified as of Sunday afternoon, was found unconscious about 5:30 a.m. in the 800 block of 18th Street NE, police said. He was pronounced dead at a hospital, and the investigation continues.”
Washington Post: Fatal shooting in Northeast caps a violent 4-day stretch in Washington “A man was fatally shot early Sunday in what appeared to be the city’s fifth homicide in four days. The man was found in the 800 block of 18th Street NE, where police said a robbery was reported. The incident exemplified two crime trends in the city this year: increases in homicides and in gunpoint robberies.”
MyFoxDC: Man sexually assaulted in DC “DC Police are looking for seven men who kidnapped and sexually assaulted a man on Friday night. Around 8pm on Friday, a man was forced at gun point into a van near 14th Street and Parkwood Place in NW, DC. Then, police say, he was sexually assaulted. The suspects later released the man.”
Washington Post: Man sexually assaulted at gunpoint after being forced into van, police say ”A man was forced into a vehicle at gunpoint and sexually assaulted Friday night in the District, authorities said. The incident occurred about 8 p.m. around 14th Street and Parkwood Place NW, police said. After approaching the man there, police said, an assailant forced him into a white van where he was sexually assaulted. At least seven people were involved in the incident, police said.”
Washington Post: Two men shot, killed in Southeast Washington “An 18-year-old who a friend said was about to begin his senior year at Ballou High School was one of two young men fatally shot in the District early Saturday morning. Police said Shaun Simmons, of Southeast, was shot multiple times in the 1300 block of Savannah Street SE in Congress Heights, at about 4 a.m. He was found lying in the street and was taken to an area hospital where he died of his injuries.”
Washington Post: Girl shot and wounded in Southeast D.C., police say “A girl was shot and wounded Friday night in the District, authorities said. The girl, who was under 10 years old, suffered a non-life threatening wound, said police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump. Other media accounts suggested that the child might have been as young as 8. A person described as a relative said on a television news program that she was hit in the arm.”
NBC Washington: Man Shot Near Georgia Avenue NW “A man was shot off Georgia Avenue NW Thursday night and homicide detectives were expected to respond. The victim was hit about 9:30 p.m. near the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Lamont Street NW, the Metropolitan Police Department said.”
Washington Post: Police: 3 shot during argument in Upper NW D.C. “Three people were shot in the area of Georgia and Missouri avenues in NW Washington late Wednesday night, authorities said. The injuries appeared not to be life-threatening, police officials said. All three people were shot in the extremities. The gunfire in the 5700 block of Piney Branch Road NW came after an argument, but police did not immediately know what the dispute was about.”
Washington Post: 3-year-old girl fatally shot in D.C. by child playing with a gun “One moment, the kids were playing in a second-floor apartment at Benning Terrace. The next moment, D.C. police said, a child had a gun in his hands and it fired, turning innocent summertime play into tragedy when a bullet struck 3-year-old Dalis Cox in the chest.”
WJLA: Residents and city leaders pack city hall to discuss increase in violence “D.C. residents and city leaders who attended a packed Ward 5 panel discussion on crime problems in the city Thursday night heard shocking numbers from public safety officials.”
NBC Washington: Three Charged in Fatal Fourth of July Shooting “Police arrested three people in connection with a July 4 shootout on a southeast Washington street that left one man dead and four others injured. Dwayne Gene Dillard, 23, was shot and killed in the 2600 block of Douglass Place SE. Shakim Lyons, 26; Jonathan Taylor, 24; and Harry Herbert, 27, were arrested in the past week and charged with second-degree murder while armed.”
Washington Post: 3-year-old girl allegedly shot by 7-year-old boy in Southeast D.C. “Police were at the scene of a shooting in Southeast Washington Wednesday night, and two police sources said the victim is a 3-year-old girl. The victim was nonresponsive when police found her, said Paul Metcalf, a spokesman for the D.C. police. The girl was transported to a hospital.”
Washington Post: Police say dying man in Southwest D.C. identified his cousin as the shooter “The victim and the killer were cousins and childhood friends and lived in apartments across from each other, according to police. As Jerome Diggs, 47, lay dying from several bullet wounds in his apartment, police said he identified to a friend the man who had shot him.”
Washington Post: Man with knife sexually assaulted woman in Northeast D.C., police say “A man held a woman at knifepoint and sexually assaulted her in Northeast Washington on Tuesday night, D.C. police said. Police said the man approached a woman on Riggs Road NE, near North Capitol Street, at 10:45 p.m. He forced her behind a building and sexually assaulted her, police said.”
MyFoxDC: ONLY ON FOX: DC man viciously slashed in face while walking home “A D.C. man is still recovering from a vicious attack where he was grabbed from behind and slashed across the face. The attack happened when the victim, Ben Fishel, who is the grandson of the late Andy Rooney, was on his way home near 11th and V Streets.”
Crime Tip of the Week
If plan on going out and enjoying a night out on the town in the District, it is a good idea to protect yourself from a potential street robbery. Keep in mind the following tips to reduce your risk.
• Muggings are usually crimes of opportunity. To lower your chance of being robbed, walk in well-lit areas, stay in groups, and pay close attention to your surroundings. If a situation or person is making you feel uncomfortable, then leave.
• Avoid excessive drinking. A criminal can easily recognize a person who has had too much to drink and this will make you more vulnerable to a potential attack.
• Keep your valuables close and in secure locations. Do not place your wallets in your back pocket and if you are carrying a purse, keep an eye on it at all times.
Posted August 06 2015 at 5:50 PM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link