Crime Update from the DC Police Union, City Wide

DC Crime Summary – March 9th – 15th

There was 1 homicide this past week, bringing this year’s total number of homicides to 21.

There were 13 armed robberies with a gun this past week, and there have been 278 total so far this year in the District. This is a 75% increase compared to this time last year.

Even though 2015 saw record violent crime in the District, this year is already on track to set new records. A contributing factor is the MPD manpower crisis that saw more than 817 officers leave the force since January 2014.

The DC Police Union and its members would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Prince George County Police Officer Jacai Colson.

James Stewart, 22, was identified as the man who was fatally shot Friday morning, March 11th, in the Deanwood neighborhood. His death is the 22nd homicide so far this year in the District.

A man was critically wounded Wednesday afternoon, March 9th, in the Washington Highlands neighborhood. Homicide detectives were called to the scene to investigate, and authorities are searching for a man last seen wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.

Tavon Stewart, 23, is wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of Rudolph Garris, 25, near the Hendley Elementary School. A warrant has been issued for the suspect’s arrest, and he was formally charged second-degree murder while armed.

A video was released of a person wanted in connection with a homicide that took place in the Woodland neighborhood last week. Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person of interest and a vehicle.

Terrell Strickland, 23, was arrested in connection with at least 14 robberies in the District. The suspect’s criminal behavior reflects an ongoing trend in DC - robberies have increased by 38% compared to the same time last year.

A trespasser followed a woman into her apartment building in Mount Pleasant Wednesday night, March 9th. The suspect beat the victim and tried to rape her before running away.

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City-Wide Highlights

There was 1 homicide this past week, bringing this year’s total number of homicides to 21. • So far this year, there have been 56 incidents of sexual abuse reported in the District. • There were 7 incidents of sexual abuse and 13 armed robberies with a gun reported this past week in DC. • Armed robberies with a gun have increased about 75% compared to the same time last year. • There were 570 total crimes in DC this past week including 98 violent crimes.

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Recent Crime News

March 15th

Washington Post: Would-be robbers shoot fleeing victim near Capitol Hill on Tuesday afternoon “The victim of a robbery attempt was shot and wounded Tuesday afternoon on the edge of Capitol Hill, the D.C. police said. The robbers approached in the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE at about 2:30 p.m. One of them drew a pistol and demanded property.”

Washington Post: Police seek two after report of attempted abduction from a Smithsonian museum “Authorities released video footage Tuesday showing two men who are being sought as persons of interest in a reported attempted abduction at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. The incident happened March 3 as a group was leaving the north entrance of the museum, according to the U.S. Park Police. A man allegedly grabbed the hand of a child in the group.”

WJLA: Person wanted for armed robbery in Northeast D.C. “Metropolitan Police are searching for a person wanted for an armed robbery in northeast Washington. The robbery took place on March 5 in the 1300 block of I Street, NE police said. Police did not have information on injuries during the incident or what was stolen in the robbery.”

March 14th

WJLA: Police search for person, vehicle connected to Southeast D.C. homicide “Metropolitan Police are searching for a person and a car connected to a homicide in southeast Washington. Police said the homicide took place on March 6 in the 2800 block of Alabama Avenue, SE. A YouTube video was released by police of the individual and vehicle to gain the public’s help in identifying both.”

NBC Washington: Colts Player D’Qwell Jackson Found Guilty of Punching Delivery Driver in DC “Indianapolis Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson was found guilty of simple assault Monday for punching a D.C. pizza delivery driver in the face. Judge Wendell Gardner, Jr. found Jackson guilty in D.C. court Monday afternoon. Jackson, who played for the University of Maryland as a college student, will be sentenced April 6. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.”

March 13th

Washington Post: Friday homicide victim identified by D.C. Police; 22-year-old man “The man fatally shot Friday in Northeast Washington was identified Saturday by the D.C. police. They said James Stewart, 22, was shot around 6:50 a.m. in the 1000 block of 44th Street NE. He died at the scene, police said.”

March 11th

Washington Post: Man shot, killed in Northeast Washington “A man was shot and killed Friday morning in Northeast Washington, according to D.C. police. The shooting occurred shortly before 7 a.m. in the 1000 block of 44th Street NE, in the Deanwood neighborhood.”

Washington Post: Report deepens mystery of former Putin aide’s death at D.C. hotel “Mikhail Lesin, a former Russian cabinet minister, seemed sloppily drunk when he showed up at the bar in the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown one day last fall, two police officials recounted Friday, and the bartender sent him away.”

Washington Post: Two men shot in Northeast D.C. early Sunday “Two men suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being shot early Sunday in Northeast Washington, D.C. police said. Police responded to reports of shots being fired in the 1300 block of Brentwood Road NE, just before 1:30 a.m., according to Hugh Carew, a police spokesman. The shooting occurred less than a block away from a fire and EMS station on Rhode Island Avenue NE.”

NBC Washington: Metro Transit Police to Wear Brighter, More Visible Uniforms “Can you see them now? Most Metro Transit Police officers will soon get a major style (and visibility) upgrade. The officers will be switching to a brighter uniform that will be easier for passengers to see on busy, crowded platforms, Metro announced Friday.”

March 10th

Washington Post: Police search for suspect in shooting of man near elementary school in Southeast “D.C. police are searching for a 23-year-old man charged in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred on the afternoon of March 1 near an elementary school and a child learning center in Southeast Washington. Tavon Stewart, known as “Juice,” is being charged with second-degree murder while armed. He is wanted on an arrest warrant.”

Washington Post: Gunman in BMW shoots at car on New York Avenue NE “Police are looking for help in identifying the occupants of a newer-model, black BMW who shot at another car Tuesday afternoon on New York Avenue NE.”

Washington Post: Police arrest suspect in 14 robberies in District “D.C. police have arrested a man who is suspected in at least 14 robberies in the District and is being investigated in several more in Prince George’s County, according to police officials in the two jurisdictions. Authorities said the suspect is a member of a crew that targeted women who were alone and that in one case attacked and injured an 81-year-old during a robbery.”

WJLA: Police: Man follows woman into her D.C. apartment building, and attempts sexual assault “A woman walked into an apartment building around 10 p.m. Wednesday, while a dangerous trespasser followed her inside. At some point inside the building a man attacked her, beat her, and then tried to rape her.”

DC Police are investigating two separate shootings in Southeast

DC Firefighter sacrifices himself and offers his breathing mask to victim amid flames and rescue efforts

March 9th

WJLA: Police respond to shooting in Southeast, D.C. that leaves one man unconscious “D.C. Police responded to a shooting in the 800 block of Chesapeake St., SE around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Police say the man shot was unconscious and not breathing when they arrived. Police issued a lookout for a black man wearing a black shirt, and blue jeans.”

Washington Post: Suspect in shooting of Idaho pastor is ordered held in D.C. Jail until next hearing “The former Marine wanted in the shooting of an Idaho pastor on Sunday will remain in D.C. Jail until April 6, when a hearing is scheduled on whether he will be extradited to Idaho to face first-degree, attempted-murder charges.”

Washington Post: Man shot near Franklin Square in downtown Washington “A man was shot and wounded early Wednesday near Franklin Square Park in downtown Washington, apparently while arguing with another man, according to D.C. police. The shooting occurred about 1:05 a.m. in the 1300 block of I Street NW, on the southwest corner of the intersection in front of a bank that was closed at the time.”

NBC Washington: Talk Around Town: Preventing Domestic Violence “Several women have been killed recently in heartbreaking acts of domestic violence. WHUR’S Troy Johnson discusses what his listeners think could be fueling this apparent escalation, and what can be done to prevent it.”

Fox5DC: ATVs, dirt bikes disturbing DC residents as weather warms “As the weather warms across the DC area, residents are noticing a resurgence of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and dirt bikes on city streets. It is illegal to operate dirt bikes and ATVs anywhere in Washington, but police are not allowed to pursue riders.”

Crime Tip of the Week

As the weather continues to warm, you may decide to run or walk outside. If you decide to exercise and enjoy the weather, please keep in the mind the following tips to keep you safe.

Wear a reflective jacket, shirt, or armband so oncoming traffic can see you. This can make a big difference at night, when it is harder for drivers to see pedestrians.

Try not to carry large amounts of cash or jewelry. This will protect you from possibly becoming a target of a robber.

Be alert at all times. If you are listening to an iPod and music, remember to be aware of your surroundings. If someone or a situation makes you feel uncomfortable, then leave.

Posted March 17 2016 at 4:37 PM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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