Crime Update from the DC Police Union, City Wide

DC Crime Summary – September 9th – 15th

This past week marked the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. As Police Officers, who responded to the attacks at the Pentagon, we remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our citizens.

Homicides have increased by 45% compared to the same time last year, and there have been more homicides this year than all of last year.

Santos Garcia, 65, died Wednesday, September 9th, from injuries he sustained in an armed robbery in Edgewood four months ago. His death marks 110th homicide of the year, which is five more than the total number of homicides for all of last year.

Bijon Lamont Brown, who is wanted for allegedly shooting and wounding a passenger aboard the Metrobus, is a previously convicted gun offender. If anyone has information regarding his whereabouts, he or she should call the authorities immediately. He is believed to be armed and dangerous.

A 17-year-old admitted in court that he brought a firearm into a home that was accidentally used by a 7-year-old to kill Dalis Cox, 3. The teenage suspect pleaded guilty to possession of an unregistered firearm and second-degree child cruelty.

A video was released of a person of interest wanted in connection with an armed robbery in the Penn Branch neighborhood. Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating the suspect.

A video was released in connection with an armed robbery on August 29th near the Catholic University football field. Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating the suspect.

Georgetown Rabbi Barry Freundel, convicted of secretly videotaping naked women in a ritual bath, issued a public apology on Tuesday.

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City-Wide Highlights

There was 1 homicide this past week, bringing this year’s total to 110. Homicides have increased by 45% compared to this time last year, while violent crime has increased in DC compared to the same time last year. • So far this year there have been 200 incidents of sexual abuse reported in the District. • There were 3 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 16% and assaults with a gun have increased by 16% compared to this time last year. • There were 610 total crimes in DC this past week including 110 violent crimes.

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Recent Crime News

September 15th

Washington Post: Two people stabbed in Southeast D.C. “Two people were stabbed Tuesday night in Southeast Washington and one was seriously wounded, the D.C. police said. The stabbings occurred about 9 p.m. in the 5000 block of Ayers Place, which is about a block or two south of East Capitol Street in the Capitol View neighborhood.”

Washington Post: Man stabbed at busy 14th and U St. NW “A man was stabbed Tuesday night at the intersection of two very busy Northwest Washington thoroughfares. The stabbing occurred about 7:40 p.m. at 14th and U streets NW, said Officer Hugh Carew, a police spokesman.”

WUSA9: Man to be sentenced for striking cop on scooter “A man found guilty of charges in connection with running over a Metropolitan Police Department patrol officer in 2013 will be sentenced soon.”

WUSA9: Man shot in stomach in NE, DC “Varnum Street in Northeast, D.C. has reopened after a man was shot in the stomach Tuesday morning, police said. The shooting scene is just north of Catholic University. D.C. police say the shooting was reported at about 5:53 a.m. A man was shot in stomach, and was taken to a hospital.”

Washington Post: Series of robberies, burglaries hits Northwest Washington “District police are investigating a series of burglaries and robberies that occurred late last week in the Northwest Washington neighborhoods of Friendship Heights, Chevy Chase and Woodley Park. It was not immediately clear if any are related.”

WJLA: Ambulance mishap in D.C. keeps girl waiting for nearly 20 minutes “Two D.C. agencies are admitting they did not properly handle an emergency call involving a teenager facing a potentially life-threatening medical emergency.”

A Metro rider aboard the Red Line towards Glenmont, was seen exposing and touching himself

Dominique Rust, the EMT who feel asleep while a patient was riding in an ambulance, was place on leave

September 14th

NBC Washington: Man Accused in D.C. Detective’s Death to Go on Trial “A man accused of killing his stepfather, who was a District of Columbia police detective, is set to go on trial for murder. Antwan James is charged in the fatal shooting of Joseph Newell at the family’s home in Upper Marlboro.”

WJLA: Police make an arrest in assault with dangerous weapon case “Today the Metropolitan Police Department arrested 22-year-old Romain Blunt of Southeast, D.C. for an offense that occurred on Sunday, Sept. 6, in the 4000 block of 3rd Street SE. Blunt has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and carrying a pistol without a license.”

WJLA: Police need public’s help locating person of interest in armed robbery “Police need the public’s help identifying a person of interest in an armed robbery in the 300 block of Hawaii Avenue in Northeast D.C. On Aug. 29 at approximately 2:25 a.m., the man was captured on video surveillance entering a store and wielding a knife. The video then shows the man receiving an undisclosed amount of money.”

Washington Post: On the road again: Two missing tour buses have been found “Did you happen to see two big white tour buses? D.C. police said two missing Capitol Tour buses that were reported to the police as stolen from a private lot in Northwest Washington have been found.”

NBC Washington: Community Vigil For Man Found Murdered In Burning Car “A southeast D.C. community held a vigil for a man found murdered in a burning car. He has not been officially identified.”

Joshua Lamont Smith, of Northeast, was arrested Sunday and charged with sexual assault

September 13th

Washington Post: D.C. records 110th homicide of the year after robbery victim dies “D.C. police announced the city’s 110th homicide of the year Sunday, after the victim of a violent robbery died of wounds suffered during the assault. Police said 65-year-old Santos Garcia died Sept. 9, of injuries incurred four months earlier during a robbery.”

Washington Post: Suspect in Metrobus shooting had served four months in prior attack “D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser used a news conference last week to urge residents to help police find the man accused of shooting at a Metrobus and wounding a passenger. But there was another reason she focused on the suspect, Bijon Lamont Brown. The 20-year-old, according to police, is among the convicted gun offenders who are fueling a wave of summer violence.”

September 12th

Osman Balanos, 21, was arrested and charged with a stabbing in Takoma Park

September 11th

Washington Post: Teen pleads guilty to providing gun used in accidental killing of 3-year-old “A 17-year-old D.C. teen admitted in court Friday that he took a gun into a home where it was found by a 7-year-old family member who accidentally killed his toddler sister while playing with the weapon.”

William Thomas Wilson, Jr., 57, was shot to death in Union Station after he stabbed a woman

September 10th

Washington Blade: The next step in D.C. crime fight “In response to the spike in homicides in the District of Columbia, At-Large Council member Anita Bonds brought together a diverse group of city leaders to begin a discussion on what the community thinks would be appropriate solutions to deal with this crime spree and to focus on strategies to accomplish them.”

DC medic is accused of sleeping while a patient rode on the back of an ambulance

September 9th

NBC Washington: SE D.C. Residents Discuss Violence Prevention “A night after five men were shot, Southeast D.C. residents discussed violence prevention strategies at a meeting held at Allen Chapel AME Church.”

WUSA9: Suspect sought in DC armed robbery “Police are searching for a person in connection to an armed robbery in Southeast D.C. The incident happened around 10 p.m. on August 26 near 31st Place and N Street, D.C. police said. Surveillance video captured images of the suspect.”

Washington Post: Another delay in D.C. ambulance response to call for infant “District firefighters on Monday transported a critically ill infant to a hospital in a fire engine because an ambulance was too far away to respond in a timely manner, according to city officials.”

Washington Post: FBI looking for two men wanted in six robberies of 7-Eleven stores in region “Federal law enforcement officers are looking for at least two men who they say are wanted in connection with robbing six 7-Eleven stores in the Washington region. The men displayed weapons during each of the robberies, which occurred at the end of August and the beginning of this month at convenience stores in the District, Northern Virginia and Maryland.”

Fox5DC: Loose Lips: DC murder rate “A spate of shootings over the holiday weekend has boosted the District’s 2015 murder rate even higher. But the city’s mayor and police chief say local police have been able to seize an impressive number of illegal weapons and that may help the district’s crime rate. Will Sommer, Loose Lips columnist with the Washington City Paper, joined us with more.”

A woman was shot Wednesday afternoon, and authorities are searching for two males riding on a red bike

A man from DC was indicted on manslaughter charges after he was involved in a car crash that killed three women and two children

Reginald Rubin Burrell, 64, died after he was hit by a Metrobus on September 3rd

Suspect at Takoma Metro station was arrested for fare evasion and resisting arrest

Georgetown rabbi, convicted of illegally videotaping nude women, apologizes

Archie Glass, Jr. will serve 14 more months in prison, after he threatened three Presidents

Crime Tip of the Week

If you are a runner or a walker, it can be easy to concentrate on your exercise and forget about your surroundings. However, criminals are always looking for vulnerable targets who are not paying attention to their surroundings. Keep in mind the following tips to help keep you safe on your next jog or walk.

Whenever you go for a jog or a walk, remember to tell a friend or family member where you are going and when you expect to return.

Do not wear any expensive jewelry or carry cash. Doing both can catch the eye of a potential thief.

If you are running or walking at night, wear bright colored clothing. This will give oncoming traffic a chance to clearly see you.

Posted September 18 2015 at 11:45 AM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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