Crime Update from the DC Police Union, City Wide

DC Crime Summary – March 2nd – 8th

There were 3 homicides this past week, bringing this year’s total number of homicides to 20.

There were 18 armed robberies with a gun this past week, and there have been 265 total so far this year in the District. This is an 87% increase compared to this time last year.

Rudolph Garris, 25, died Wednesday morning, March 2nd, after he was shot near the Hendley Elementary School Tuesday afternoon.

Ivy Tonett Smith, 39, was killed and a man was injured in a drive-by shooting Sunday afternoon, March 6th, in the Woodland neighborhood. Authorities have described a man and a woman as suspects, and they were last seen inside of a green Honda Odyssey.

Noel Rezene, 26, was identified as the man who was fatally shot Friday afternoon in the Shipley neighborhood. A woman was also injured in the shooting, and Tavon Moore, 26, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder while armed.

A woman was robbed and sexually assaulted at gunpoint early Friday morning near Eastland Gardens. As she was getting out of her car, the victim was approached by two men and was immediately assaulted.

Devonta Johnson, 27, was arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of Robinson Pal, 29, at a bar located in downtown DC. The suspect was the second person arrested in this case, and he was formally charged with second-degree murder while armed.

Authorities are investigating an attempted abduction outside of the Air and Space Museum. According to reports, a stranger grabbed the hand of a young child, who was waiting for chaperone, and started to walk away with the child. After the suspect was stopped by the chaperone, the suspect said, “Sorry, I like kids” and then ran away.

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City-Wide Highlights

There were 3 homicides this past week, bringing this year’s total number of homicides to 20. • So far this year, there have been 49 incidents of sexual abuse reported in the District. • There were 5 incidents of sexual abuse and 18 armed robberies with a gun reported this past week in DC. • Armed robberies with a gun have increased about 87% compared to the same time last year. • There were 570 total crimes in DC this past week including 95 violent crimes.

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Recent Crime News

March 8th

Washington Post: Police identify victim of homicide in Southeast Washington “A woman who was fatally shot in Southeast Washington on Sunday afternoon has been identified as a 39-year-old from Northeast, according to D.C. police. Police said they have made no arrests in the killing of Ivy Tonett Smith and the shooting of a man who was wounded in the same incident in the 2800 block of Alabama Avenue SE. The shooting occurred about 12:30 p.m.”

Fox5DC: Suspect in shooting of Idaho pastor arrested in DC “An Idaho pastor who was shot six times last weekend has regained consciousness and is talking with his family, an associate said Tuesday. The man suspected of shooting Pastor Tim Remington, 30-year-old Kyle Odom, was arrested and in custody Tuesday evening in Washington D.C., Coeur d’Alene police said. No further details on the arrest were immediately available.”

WJLA: D.C. drug bust leads to the recovery of 115 bags of heroin, 85 bags of cocaine “D.C. Police say they have recovered 115 zip-lock bags of heroin, 85 bags of crack cocaine, 48 half ounce bags of marijuana and 19 morphine pills. The drugs were discovered Monday evening in the fifth district. Police say at this time no arrests have been made.”

Fox5DC: DC girl wounded in shooting last summer still struggling 6 months later “Last summer, a Southwest D.C. girl became the face of the growing wave of violence in the District of Columbia. Taije Chambliss’ story struck a chord with many after she was wounded in a drive-by shooting in front of her home last August that forever changed her life.”

A sexual assault complaint was filed against American University under Title IX

March 7th

Washington Post: Police identify 26-year-old man shot and killed Friday in Southeast Washington “Police in the District have identified a 26-year-old man who was fatally shot Friday afternoon, and said they’ve made an arrest in the case. The incident began just before 3 p.m. when officers noticed a vehicle parked in front of the emergency room area at United Medical Center. The vehicle’s passenger-side window was shattered, police said.”

Washington Post: Master baker thinks two robberies at Van Ness bread shop are linked “The first time that masked men came to burglarize his bakery in Van Ness, they beat an employee unconscious but left with nothing, “not even a loaf of bread,” the master baker and owner of Bread Furst managed to joke.”

Washington Post: Police find minivan they think was used in fatal shooting in Southeast Washington “Police investigating a fatal shooting Sunday in Southeast Washington said they found a gray minivan that had been stolen from a church and which detectives think was used in the attack. The minivan is described as a gray Honda Odyssey with a Maryland handicapped license plate 241-69HT.”

NBC Washington: ‘Your Neighbor Bruce’ Scams DC Residents Out of Cash “A man who knocks on doors and introduces himself as “your neighbor Bruce” is scamming D.C. residents out of money, they say. Several people who live near the Washington Navy Yard say a well-dressed man who says his name is Bruce has recently knocked on their doors and given an elaborate story about why he needs to use their phones and get Metro fare.”

March 6th

Washington Post: Woman killed, man injured in Sunday afternoon shooting in Southeast D.C. “A woman was killed and a man was injured in a double-shooting Sunday afternoon in the Woodland neighborhood of Southeast Washington, D.C. police said. The victims were found suffering from gunshot wounds shortly before 12:30 p.m. in the 2800 block of Alabama Avenue SE, D.C. police spokeswoman Aquita Brown said.”

A mom and her daughter have been reported as missing from DC

A 15-year-old was injured in a shooting Saturday night in the Adams Morgan neighborhood

March 5th

Washington Post: Woman robbed, sexually assaulted in Northeast D.C. “A woman was robbed and sexually assaulted at gunpoint in Northeast Washington early Friday morning. The Metropolitan Police Department said the woman was getting out of her car in the 3600 block of Hayes Street NE at around 2:30 a.m. when two men approached her, one brandishing a handgun. While one man held her at gunpoint, the other pushed her to the ground, sexually assaulted and robbed her.”

Weley Leake, 25, was arrested and charged in connection with first degree burglary

Gyrocopter pilot disputes claim that he risked a collision in air

Transgender teen was injured while “play fighting” at the Navy Yard Metro station

March 4th

Washington Post: Man, woman shot in Southeast Washington “A man and a woman were shot Friday afternoon in Southeast Washington, and one of the victims drove both to a hospital, according to D.C. police. The male victim was unconscious and not breathing when he arrived at United Medical Center, a police spokesman said. The female victim was not as seriously injured.”

Washington Post: District man sentenced to prison for 2014 non-fatal shootings of 2 off-duty police officers “A District man Friday was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the non-fatal shootings of two off-duty D.C. police officers during separate altercations on Suitland Parkway in 2014.”

Man and woman showed up at United Medical Center hospital with gunshot wounds

March 3rd

Washington Post: Youth arrested in three robbery offenses, D.C. police say “A 17-year-old charged in connection with two robberies and an attempted robbery, all in Northeast Washington, has been arrested, according to D.C. police. The youth was charged as a juvenile with robbery while armed, assault with intent to rob and robbery by force and violence. His name was not released because of his age.”

WUSA9: Possible attempted abduction outside Air and Space Museum, sources say “Police are investigating a possible attempted abduction outside of a popular D.C. museum along the National Mall. Law enforcement sources tell WUSA9 a young child was waiting in a line outside of the Air and Space Museum when a stranger came up and took her hand.”

March 2nd

Washington Post: Man shot near elementary school in Southeast Washington dies “A man who was shot while sitting in a car in Southeast Washington on Tuesday afternoon, near a school and a child learning center, died Wednesday morning at an area hospital, according to D.C. police.”

WUSA9: Second man arrested in fatal New Year’s Eve bar stabbing “A second man has been arrested in connection to a fatal stabbing on New Year’s Eve inside a busy downtown D.C. bar. D.C. police announced Thursday night they had charged Devonta Johnson of Northeast D.C. with second-degree murder for his role in the January 31 stabbing.”

Crime Tip of the Week

Earlier this week, NBC Washington reported that a man has been scamming DC residents out of money. According to several reports, the man has knocked on front doors near the Naval Yard and introduced himself as “your neighbor Bruce”. He then offered an elaborate story for why he needs money. While this is technically not a crime, it is important to keep in mind the following tips if an unexpected person happens to knock on your door.

Before you open the door, look to see who knocking at your front door. If you do not know the person or feel uncomfortable talking to him or her, then do not open the door.

It is also a good idea to install a “peephole” to give yourself a clear view of whoever knocks at your front door.

If you happen to open the front door to talk someone and you feel uncomfortable, close the door immediately and notify the authorities if you suspect any criminal behavior.

Posted March 10 2016 at 2:59 PM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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