Crime Update from the DC Police Union, City Wide

DC Crime Summary – August 26th – September 1st

There were 2 homicides this past week, bringing this year’s total to 105, which is a 44% increase and equal to the number of homicides for all of last year.

Omoni Johnson, 26, and Shaheed James, 21, were killed in a shooting near the Benning Road Metro station Friday night. Another unidentified male was injured in the incident.

Taije Chambliss, 13, was walking home from a library when she was injured in a drive-by shooting in the Eastern Market neighborhood. The victim was walking to a neighbor’s home to do homework when she was hit by a bullet that was not intended for her.

After Eric Jackson, 35, was fatally shot this past Saturday, Kenneth Stewart, 27, was arrested Wednesday, August 26th, in connection with the homicide. He was formally charged with second-degree murder while armed.

Milkiyas Baysia, 24, was arrested Thursday, August 27th, in connection with Kassahun Adebe Edo’s, 35, death this past Sunday. The victim died from injuries he sustained in an assault, and the suspect was formally charged with second-degree murder.

Maureko Hill, 22, was arrested Wednesday, August 26th, and charged with the November 2014 fatal shooting of Latroia Renee Smith.

Johsua Mebane, 19, was found guilty of the first-degree murder of a taxi driver back in 2012. According to prosecutors, the suspect fatally shot the driver in the back of the head after he was dropped off at his requested location.

A video was released of a man wanted for two incidents of sexual assault. In both cases, the suspect assaulted a woman as she was leaving a Metro station in Northeast (Brookland / CUA and Fort Totten).

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City-Wide Highlights

This past weekend, the DC Police Union asked its members whether they had confidence in Chief Cathy Lanier to properly manage the resources of MPD and keep DC residents safe. The results of this confidential poll were startling, as 1,122 officers voted “no” and only 28 officers voted “yes.” • Despite Chief Lanier’s All Hands on Deck (AHOD) Initiative, there were 13 shootings this past weekend, including 2 that resulted in death. So far this year, 105 homicides have been reported in this District, which is a 44% increase and equal to the total number of homicides for all of last year.

Latest Crime Stats

Please Note: The Weekly Crime emails rely on the data provided by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Crime Map. Currently, the MPD Crime Map does not provide any crime data after August 21st, 2015. For this reason, the Weekly Crime emails cannot include updated crime charts and crime maps. We apologize for any possible inconvenience.

Recent Crime News

September 1st

Washington Post: Waldorf man, 19, convicted of fatal shooting of D.C. cabdriver in 2012 “After a day of deliberations, a D.C. Superior Court jury on Tuesday found a 19-year-old Waldorf man guilty of first-degree murder in the 2012 fatal shooting of a cabdriver. Prosecutors say Joshua Mebane, along with his then-girlfriend, decided to rob a cab driver in Northeast Washington on Nov. 7, 2012. ”

Fox5DC: 13-year-old DC girl wounded in shooting: Guns need to go “Residents expressed their outrage over violence in their community at a neighborhood crime meeting at D.C. police’s First District station in Southwest Tuesday night. Everything began calm like these meetings usually do before tensions quickly escalated as they were discussing and asking for solutions.”

Fox5DC: Police say NE sex assault cases may be related “Police are investigating two sex assault cases in northeast D.C. that they say may be related. The first happened on Tuesday, July 28 at around 10:45 p.m. in the Unit Block of Riggs Road. The second happened on Friday, August 28 around 12:08 a.m. in the 1500 block of Michigan Avenue.”

WUSA9: Police officer impersonator arrested on Capitol Grounds “Police arrested Darryl Sharp, 54, who has been arrested three times this year on Capitol Grounds. Sharp was previously arrested for unlawful entry at the Hart Senate Office Building and then was later arrested for simple assault on an officer.”

A video was released of two persons of interest wanted for armed robbery

A man is wanted for two incidents of sexual assault

Kevin Lee, 17-year-old charged with fatally shooting a mother in her own home, appeared in court

August 31st

WJLA: 70-year-old woman critically missing in D.C. “A 70-year-old woman is critically missing in Washington, according to Metropolitan Police. Police said Patricia Lukasik was last seen at approximately 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 30. on the 2200 block of Evarts Street NE.”

Washington Post: Man is identified as person of interest in the slaying of AU graduate in Shaw “A person of interest was named Monday by D.C. police in connection with the fatal shooting of an American University graduate in the Shaw area of Northwest Washington.”

WUSA9: Volunteers ‘Man the Block’ to keep DC kids safe “Dozens of volunteers trying to address the violence in The District, walked the streets of Southeast D.C. to help students get home safe. The program is called “Man the Block” at Richard Wright Public Charter School.”

2002 Dodge Caravan was the most stolen car in DC and Maryland last year

DC is installing crosswalk at United Health Center after two women in recent months die in from being struck by a car

DC Police are searching for three persons of interest wanted for fatally stabbing Antonio Austin, July 27th

August 30th

Washington Post: Sex assault in cab is reported in D.C. “A woman was sexually assaulted early Sunday in a taxicab in the Cleveland Park neighborhood of Northwest Washington, the D.C. police said. They said the assault occurred between 1:15 a.m. and 2 a..m. in the area of the 3200 block of Highland Place NW.”

Washington Post: Gunfire erupts in Southwest D.C.; woman says granddaughter was hit “At least two people were shot when gunfire erupted Sunday evening in Southwest Washington, the D.C. police reported. Police said a female teenager and a man were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening wounds. The shooting occurred about 6:45 p.m. near Third and K Streets SW.”

Taije Chambliss, 13, was injured in shooting Sunday night

Stabbing takes place early Sunday morning

A woman reported being sexually assaulted in a taxi in the Cleveland Park neighborhood early Sunday morning

Mother of homicide victim speaks out against violent crime

August 29th

Washington Post: With two killed in D.C. Friday night, homicide tally matches all of 2014’s “Despite a show of police force designed to curb a surge in violence, the nation’s capital reached a disturbing milestone Friday night when a rash of gunfire pushed this year’s homicide count to 105 — already equaling 2014’s total.”

Washington Post: Two arrested in two separate sex offenses this year in Southeast DC “Two arrests have been made in connection with separate sexual assault or abuse incidents that occurred earlier this year, the D.C. police said Saturday.”

WUSA9: Police seek person of interest in DC assault “The Metropolitan Police Department needs your help in identifying and locating a person of interest in connection with an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun) offense that occurred Saturday, August 22 on K Street in Northwest.”

August 28th

Three men were caught on video fighting on the back of a DC firetruck

Friends and family remember Loretta Carswell, 63, after she was killed a week ago

A man was shot near Nationals Park only minutes after a baseball game ended

Jasper Spires, accused of killing Kevin Sutherland aboard Metro train on July 4th, was admitted to psychiatric facilities at least twice in months leading up to the incident

August 27th

Washington Post: Police arrest suspects in two separate killings in District “D.C. police on Thursday announced arrests in two unrelated killings, one involving a woman found shot to death last year in a burning apartment in Southeast Washington and the other an accountant from Texas who was punched last week on a street in Northwest.”

NBC Washington: Restaurants, Nonprofit Robbed in Columbia Heights, Park View “One man may be responsible for three burglaries in Northwest D.C. Restaurants and a nonprofit community center located on the Georgia Avenue and 11th Street were targeted. All three robberies were caught on surveillance cameras.”

WJLA: Multiple shootings reported in D.C. “The Metropolitan Police Department has reported two separate shootings Thursday evening. One shooting took place in the 2100 block of Alabama Ave. SE. No suspect lookout was released for this shooting.”

WJLA: More arrested in solicitation of prostitution operation in Washington “The Metropolitan Police Department has announced an additional seven arrests in the ongoing solicitation of prostitution operation. Since the operation began on Tuesday, July 14, a total of 238 men - or “John’s” - have been arrested and charged with solicitation of prostitution.”

Three men were injured in two separate shootings last night

Milkiyas Bayisa, 24, was charged with second-degree murder of Kassahun Abebe Edo, 35

Gyrocopter pilot who landed plane on lawn of US Capitol building is due in court on Friday

August 26th

WUSA9: Man arrested in Southeast DC murder “An arrest has been made in the murder of a 35-year-old D.C. man, police said. D.C. Police arrested Kenneth Stewart, 27, in connection to the shooting death of Eric Jackson. Around 11 p.m. Saturday, police responded to the 2200 block of Mount View Place Southeast in reference to the murder.”

NBC Washington: Metrobus Emergency Switches Raise Safety Concerns “Metro says locks can’t be installed on the battery disconnect switch panels because emergency crews need easy access, but the union representing first-responders in the district says it supports equipping the panels with locks firefighters could pry open in case of an emergency.”

Fox5DC: DC Police recover illegal guns including 1 with high capacity magazine “D.C. police say five people are under arrest following the recovery of three illegal guns. Authorities released pictures of the guns after Tuesday night’s arrests. They say one of the weapons had a high capacity magazine and that all of the guns were found in the same vehicle.”

After a man was shot on a Metrobus in the Fort Stanton neighborhood, the victim’s mother speaks out

Crime Tip of the Week

The summer is coming to a close, and children across the District are returning to school. This means children will be walking and biking the streets, so please keep in mind the following safety tips.

If your child is walking or biking to school, please instruct him or her to walk on the sidewalks, stop at STOP signs, and look both ways before crossing the street.

As you drive near a school, please do so with extra caution. Do not drive faster than the speeding limit – 15 mph – and be on the lookout for any students who are walking the streets.

If your child plans on getting home late, make sure he or she is wearing bright clothing that will stand out at night.

Posted September 04 2015 at 11:22 AM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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