Crime Update from the DC Police Union, City Wide

DC Crime Summary – September 3rd – September 9th

Anthony Miller, Jr., 22, was fatally shot early Sunday morning, September 7th, in Fort Lincoln. Suspects were driving an older model Chevrolet Caprice or a Ford Crown Victoria.

Carolyn Cross, the deputy director of DC’s department of corrections, was found dead in Alexandria on Sunday, September 7th. Dawit Seyoum, 29, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

An MPD officer was hit by a car in NE on Tuesday morning, September 9th, and she is suffering from serious injuries.

Leon Young, 22, was found dead in a Shaw Apartment in June and his roommate, Jeffrey Neal, 22, was charged with murder. Prosecutors now believe that Neal murdered Young by striking him 28 times in the head with a hammer.

MyFoxDC reported a story about three DC officers nominated for the MPD Life Saving Medal. Officer Justin Roth, Joseph Devlin, and Derek Dude saved a stabbing victim after she was bleeding heavily a couple of weeks ago.

Curtis Fogg, 26, was arrested and charged with eight robberies over a three-week period.

David Pitts, an American University Professor, was placed on leave after he was arrested for burglary and setting multiple fires near campus. There were also over 5,000 prescription pills found in Mr. Pitts’ apartment.

Frednetra Lee Harris was arrested and charged with felony fraud. Harris is allegedly responsible for a fraud scheme involving PayPal and prepaid debit cards.

DC police and Prince George’s County police have begun using new mapping technology that tracks crimes along the DC and Maryland border and helps police target areas of high crime.

Some DC officers will begin a pilot program wearing body cameras to record their interactions while on patrol.

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City-Wide Highlights

Anthony Miller, Jr., 22, was shot and killed on Sunday morning, September 7th. Suspects were last seen driving in an older model Chevrolet Caprice or a Ford Crown Victoria. This is the 75th homicide in DC this year and marks a 17% increase compared to this time last year. • There were 835 total crimes reported in the District this past week including 153 violent crimes. The violent crimes include 3 reported sex abuses and 31 armed robberies with a gun. • Compared to this time last year sex abuse is up 9% and total crime has increased by 6%.

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Recent Crime News

September 9th

Washington Post: DC police officer injured after hit by car on Eastern Avenue NE “D.C. police said an on-duty officer was seriously injured Tuesday morning after a car hit her in Northeast Washington. The car struck the officer as she attempted to cross the street in the 500 block of Eastern Avenue NE around 1 a.m., said Sgt. Grisel Reid of D.C. police. The driver of the car pulled over after the crash, and the officer was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, Reid said.”

Washington Post: Police chase down a handful of suspects for burglary, robbery in the District “Times change, and crime-fighting techniques advance with them, but very often it is still who can run fastest and farthest that determines whether police collar a suspect. This was illustrated in four incidents in the District in recent days.”

WUSA9: Caught on cam: Northwest DC robbery “D.C. police need your help finding a person of interest in connection with a robbery in Northwest. It happened on August 18, 2014, at approximately 2:30 pm, in the 1300 block of Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest.”

MPD are asking for the public’s help in identifying a sexual assault suspect in Shaw

DC court hearing of American University professor accused of burglary and arson has been postponed

September 8th

Washington Post: Man, 22, fatally shot in Northeast Washington “A man was shot and killed in DC on Sunday morning, police said…Anthony Miller Jr., 22, was found on the street suffering from a gunshot wound, police said.”

WUSA9: Caught on cam: DC armed robbery “D.C. police need your help finding three people in connection with an armed robbery in Northwest. It happened on Saturday, Sept. 6 around 11:57 a.m. in the 300 block of P Street, Northwest.”

WUSA9: Police make arrest in Paypal fraud “D.C. police are investigating a fraud scheme involving PayPal MasterCard Prepaid debit cards. While the investigation is ongoing, 18-year-old Frednetra Lee Harris of Northwest, D.C. has been arrested and charged with felony fraud.”

Deputy director of DC’s Department of Corrections was murdered and found in Alexandria on Sunday, September 7th

September 7th

Washington Post: Prince George’s, DC police use new map tech to track border crime in real time “Now, law enforcement agencies have rolled out a new mapping technology that shares information about incidents almost instantaneously and tracks crimes across the D.C.-Maryland line in hopes of arming police with the ability to target trends before they escalate.”

September 6th

Washington Post: Prosecutors say slain DC man was hit 28 times in head with hammer “A Northwest Washington man struck one roommate 28 times in the head with a hammer and dragged his nude body into the attic, authorities said. Meanwhile, a second roommate’s nude body was decomposing under a mound of fresh dirt and bricks in the back yard.”

Washington Post: DC poised to test body cameras for police officers “Some District police officers could start wearing body cameras as soon as Oct. 1 as part of a pilot program that might have all uniformed members of the force recording daily interactions with the public.”

DC police arrest a male responsible for a series of armed robberies

September 5th

Washington Post: AU professor charged with burglary, setting small fires is placed on leave “An American University professor accused of breaking into a strip of stores below his apartment near campus and setting several small fires was put on leave Friday and ordered by a judge to remain in jail until a preliminary hearing next week.”

September 4th

Washington Post: DC police arrest two in fatal shooting of Alexandria man “Michael Hight, 22, and James Young, 21, both of Southeast, were each charged with felony murder while armed. They were being held Thursday pending an initial appearance in D.C. Superior Court.”

NBC Washington: Study finds gunfire occurs near many DC schools “The study, released Wednesday by the Urban Institute, examined D.C. public and charter schools that are in areas covered by gunfire-detection technology. It found that 54 percent of those schools had at least one gunshot fired within 1,000 feet of the school during the year.”

WJLA (ABC News): Only on 7: Man posing as Good Samaritan attacks, robs blind man in Northeast DC “A man posing as a Good Samaritan helped a blind man walk across a busy street in Northeast D.C. and then attacked him and robbed him inside a McDonald’s bathroom.”

September 3rd

The Washington Times: DC cops making big investment in body cameras for patrol “The department has been stocking up on equipment for the pilot program over the last several months, ordering more than $280,000 worth of on-body camera equipment, accessories and software from three different companies, according to purchase orders obtained by The Washington Times. As of this week, police had received at least 250 on-body cameras, with dozens more on the way, according to purchase orders and invoices.”

WJLA (ABC News): DC police search for serial armed robber, accomplice targeting local businesses “Metropolitan Police believe there is a serial armed robber on the loose in the District who has struck five times in the last six days—seven times total.”

Washington Post: In DC, burglaries increase in Brookland, Michigan Park neighborhoods “Residents throughout Brookland and the neighboring communities of Michigan Park and Edgewood are voicing concern over a spike in burglaries and other crimes. The increases largely are centered in residential areas in the midst of the District’s resurgence — enclaves off Rhode Island Avenue stretching north along the Metrorail’s Red Line to Fort Totten, where homes can fetch a half-million dollars or more.”

Washington Blade: Gay police unit’s members assigned to new patrol duties “A decision by D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier to deploy members of the department’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit to street patrol duties under an existing patrol support initiative could hinder the unit’s ability to serve the LGBT community, sources familiar with the department said.”

Crime Tip of the Week

There were 81 burglaries this past week in DC. Here are a few tips for securing your home when you are away:

Never hide keys underneath the doormat or around the outside of your home. Ask a trusted neighbor or friend to keep a spare key instead.

Request the Post Office hold your mail while you are away and ask someone to collect your newspapers. Piling up of mail or newspapers outside your door is a key indicator for criminals no one is home.

Leave one or two lights on while you are away.

Posted September 10 2014 at 5:32 PM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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