Crime Update from the DC Police Union, City Wide

DC Crime Summary – February 17th – 23rd

There were 5 homicides this past week, bringing this year’s total number of homicides to 15.

There were 23 armed robberies with a gun this past week, and there have been 228 total so far this year in the District. This is an 85% increase compared to this time last year.

Deandre A. Sibblies, 21, was shot and killed in the Kenilworth neighborhood Monday evening. According to sources, the shooting incident followed a “craps game gone sideways,” and authorities are investigating the matter further.

Michael Donell Adams, 23, was shot and killed Friday night in the Burrville neighborhood. No suspect information is available, and authorities are investigating the incident.

Dante Kinard, 21, was also fatally shot Friday in the Carver / Langston neighborhood. No suspect information is available, and authorities are investigating the incident.

After Clifton David Francis, 51, and David Aumon Watkins Jr., 45, were shot and killed Thursday afternoon, February 18th, in a Northeast home, David Joshua Bright, 29, was arrested in connection with the murders.

Antoine Byrd, 35, was arrested in connection with the stabbing death of Robinson Pal, 29, in a club in downtown DC last month. The suspect was formally charged with first-degree murder while armed.

Daron Wint, 35, was indicted in connection with killing the Savopoulos family and their housekeeper in May 2015. The suspect was formally charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder.

Michael Green, 44, and Benito Valdez, 45, were arrested Wednesday, February 17th, in connection with a triple murder that took place 15 years ago. While the suspects were questioned by DC Police years ago, a break in the case took place when a witness came forward with new information.

A Metrobus driver noticed a group of teenage girls surrounding a 61-year-old woman, stealing the woman’s purse, and fleeing on Monday afternoon. The driver chased the girls and ultimately retrieved the woman’s purse. Three girls were arrested in connection with the case.

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City-Wide Highlights

There were 5 homicides this past week, bringing this year’s total number of homicides to 15. • So far this year, there have been 41 incidents of sexual abuse reported in the District. • There were 4 incidents of sexual abuse and 23 armed robberies with a gun reported this past week in DC. • Armed robberies with a gun have increased about 85% compared to the same time last year. • There were 513 total crimes in DC this past week including 113 violent crimes.

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Recent Crime News

February 23rd

Washington Post: Two teens in custody in shooting of man on Green Line train “Two teenagers are in custody in connection with the shooting of a man on a Green Line train, who was found on the Anacostia Metro station platform Tuesday afternoon, police said. The alleged shooter is 16 and police are seeking to have him tried as an adult, authorities said Tuesday night.”

Washington Post: Police arrest suspect in fatal hit and run that occurred in January “Sophia R. Palmer, 31, of Southeast, was charged with involuntary manslaughter. A D.C. Superior Court judge ordered her released pending a preliminary hearing March 16. She was put into a high intensity supervision program.”

Washington Post: Man fatally shot in Northeast Washington “A man who was shot Monday afternoon in Northeast Washington died later at an area hospital, according to D.C. police. Police identified the victim as Deandre A. Sibblies, 21, of Northeast. No other information was immediately made available.”

Metro has experienced a spike in violent assaults

A suspect was arrested in connection with the attack of a Marine veteran

February 22nd

WUSA9: Source: Man dead after NE DC shooting “A man died Monday evening after a shooting in Northeast D.C., a Metropolitan Police Department source told WUSA9. The man was shot at around 5:38 p.m. in the 4500 block of Quarles Street NE after what appears to be “a crap game gone sideways,” the source said.”

Washington Post: Man charged in double slaying in D.C. was victims’ roommate “A 29-year-old man accused of fatally shooting two men inside a District house last week was one of their roommates, according to court documents. Both victims were clients of a nonprofit group that helps people in urgent need of housing and had placed the men in the home, according to the group. The suspect, David Joshua Bright, was not involved with the nonprofit but also had been staying there.”

NBC Washington: Hero Metrobus Driver Chases Teen Purse Snatchers: Metro “A Metrobus driver chased several teens after they snatched a 61-year-old woman’s purse Monday afternoon, according to the transit agency. The woman was getting off the 52 bus at the L’Enfant Plazas stop in Southeast about 3:30 p.m. when she was surrounded by four girls. One of them grabbed the purse and they ran, Metro said.”

WJLA: Metro: Blind woman attacked by teenage girls she rode on bus with “A blind woman was assaulted by several juveniles shortly after riding a Metrobus, according to Metro. Shortly after 3 p.m., the 61-year-old woman had exited the bus when she was approached by three to four teenage girls on a sidewalk at 7th and D St., SW, Metro said.”

February 21st

Washington Post: Gunpoint robbery outside Gallaudet University in Northeast “A gunpoint robbery was reported Sunday afternoon just outside the Northeast Washington campus of Gallaudet University. Three robbers surrounded the victim about 12:30 p.m. in the 700 block of Florida Avenue NE, the one put a gun to his head, police said.”

Two men were arrested in connection with an armed robbery

February 20th

NBC Washington: Police: Man Shot, Killed in NE Washington “Metropolitan police said a man was shot and killed in northeast Washington late Friday night. Police said officers found a man unconscious at 18th and Benning Road, Northeast, around 9:45 p.m. The victim was suffering from a gunshot wound and later died at the hospital.”

WJLA: Video: 2 people wanted for Valentine’s Day robbery at shoe store in Southeast D.C. “Two people are wanted for a robbery at a shoe store in the 3000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in southeast Washington on Valentine’s Day last weekend, according to Metropolitan Police.”

Washington Post: Eight DC police cars vandalized near police station in Southeast “Eight DC police cars were vandalized Friday night while parked near a police station in Southeast Washington, D.C. police said. The tires on the cars were apparently slashed while they were parked in the vicinity of the headquarters of the seventh police district. The building is in the 2400 block of Alabama Avenue SE.”

Two persons of interest are wanted in connection with an armed robbery

Michael Donell Adams, 23, was identified as the man fatally shot Friday night

Vigil was held for Pamela Butler after she was first reported missing seven years ago

February 19th

Washington Post: Suspect arrested in slaying of 2 men who were being helped by nonprofit “D.C. police arrested a suspect Friday in the fatal shooting of two men inside a Northeast Washington house used by a nonprofit group that helps people in urgent need of housing.”

Suspect in DC mansion killings pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of murder

Donte Thomas, 25, was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbery

February 18th

Washington Post: Two men fatally shot in Northeast Washington “Two men were shot Thursday afternoon inside a residence in Northeast Washington, according to D.C. police. One man died at the scene, while the other died at a hospital, according to authorities.”

Washington Post: D.C. police arrest suspect in fatal stabbing at Barcode “D.C. police have arrested a man in the January stabbing death of a 29-year-old patron inside Barcode, a club near the Farragut North Metro, in downtown Washington. Antoine Byrd, 35, of Northeast, has been charged with first-degree murder while armed. He was arrested Wednesday, police said.”

Washington Post: 2 men held, third sought in shooting of man, infant in D.C. barbershop “The men who opened fire inside a crowded Barracks Row barbershop last week in Southeast Washington were targeting a patron who police think shot the brother of one of the gunmen last year, according to an arrest report.”

Washington Post: Video of assault on former Marine shows man striking victim in head “D.C. police released surveillance video Thursday that shows a veteran being beaten and robbed outside a downtown Washington McDonald’s in what the victim has described as a racially motivated attack.”

A video was released of two persons of interest wanted in connection with an armed robbery

Man found guilty in attack on U Street corridor in 2013

February 17th

Washington Post: Man is stabbed near Union Station “A man was stabbed and seriously wounded Wednesday night during an attack near Union Station in Northwest Washington, D.C. police said. Police responded to the 100 block of D Street NW, where they found a man suffering from apparent stab wounds about 5:15 p.m., said Officer Hugh Carew, a police spokesman.”

Washington Post: Man indicted on 20 counts in killings of Savopoulos family, housekeeper “Daron Wint, 35, of Lanham, Md., was charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder in the slayings of businessman Savvas Savopoulos, 46, his wife, Amy, 47, their son, Philip, 10, and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, 57. Police discovered the bodies May 14 after firefighters were called to the home to investigate a fire.”

Washington Post: Police arrest two suspects in 25-year-old triple slaying in Northeast “Grieving relatives and determined detectives thought for years that they knew why three people were lined up and killed under a clump of trees in Northeast Washington’s Langdon Park in the spring of 1991. It took nearly 25 years to get the evidence to back up that theory.”

Washington Post: D.C. police seek bank robbery suspect after downtown holdup “D.C. police and the FBI are searching for a man who robbed a bank in downtown Washington late Tuesday afternoon. Authorities said man walked into United Bank in the 1600 block of K Street NW, near the Farragut North Metro station, about 4:55 p.m. and handed a teller a demand note. He escaped with money, police said, though they did not divulge the amount.”

DC Police are searching for two suspects wanted in bank robberies in DC and MD

Two men were arrested in triple homicide that took place in 1991

Crime Tip of the Week

There were 23 armed robberies with a gun this past week, and there have been 228 total so far this year in the District. To better protect yourself from a possible attack, keep in mind the following safety tips.

If you are walking the city streets late at night, travel in well-lit and crowded areas. Criminals search for opportunities that are least likely to result in getting caught. By walking in areas where potential witnesses are abundant, and it will likely deter robbery attempts.

Be aware of your surroundings. If you are traveling alone, talking on your cell phone, or listening to your iPod, you may make yourself more susceptible to a possible attack.

If possible, do not travel alone. Traveling in groups or with another person will make you less vulnerable to an attack.

Posted February 25 2016 at 3:10 PM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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