CRIME UPDATE FROM THE DC POLICE UNION

DC Crime Summary – October 24th - October 28th, 2016

There were two homicides and several other violent crimes this week in the District. • Hamza McCrae, 56, was found fatally shot Sunday morning in a home near Anacostia. No suspect information is available at this time. • James Albert Harling, 49, of Southeast, died Wednesday after he was found with trauma to the head in a church near Dupont Park. Detectives arrested a 37-year-old man on a murder charge in the case. • A 15-year-old pleaded guilty Wednesday in D.C. Superior Court to involuntary manslaughter and a firearms charge for the fatal shooting of Anthony Jackson II, 17, in September. • Master Matthew Thomas, 30, of Southeast, was charged with first-degree murder while armed in the shooting of Chijoke Agbakahi between the neighborhoods of 16th Street Heights and Brightwood Park. Agbakahi died at a hospital on Aug. 10. • Andre Becton, 24, of Suitland, Md., was arrested and charged with fatally shooting Darnell Peoples, 35, of District Heights, Md., in the Congress Heights neighborhood on Sept. 15. • James Rousseau, 22, of Southwest, was charged with assault and intent to kill gun for allegedly shooting and robbing a man in Eckington on Sept. 11. • D.C. police are investigating the shooting of an ice cream truck driver near the Buena Vista neighborhood at around 6:15 p.m. Monday. The victim was transported to the hospital in critical condition. No suspect information is available at this time.

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Washington Post: Man fatally shot in Southeast Washington “A 56-year-old man was found fatally shot Sunday morning in Southeast Washington, D.C. police said. They said Hamza McCrae was found about 1:15 a.m. in a house in the 1900 block of 19th Place. He had been shot at least twice, police said.”

WTOP: Man set on fire in Northwest DC “A man was assaulted and set on fire late Saturday night by two men asking for his money in Northwest D.C., a police report said. According to the report, the man had left an alley where he had been drinking with his friends at 14th Street and Otis Place Northwest around 11 p.m. Saturday. The victim told D.C. police that on his way home, he was then approached by two men who asked him for cash. When he responded that he didn’t have any, the two men began hitting him, causing him to fall face down to the ground. While he was down, they set him on fire. Police said the victim did not seek medical attention and threw his burnt jacket in the trash. Hours later, a concerned bystander saw the victim walking around 14th Street and Spring Road Northwest and called D.C. Fire and EMS.”

Washington Post: D.C. police charge man in Georgia Avenue shooting “D.C. police have arrested a man in the Aug. 5 fatal shooting of a 59-year-old on Georgia Avenue in Northwest Washington. Master Matthew Thomas, 30, of Southeast, was charged with first-degree murder while armed. He was arrested Thursday. Police said Thomas is charged with shooting Chijoke Agbakahi. He died at a hospital on Aug. 10. The shooting occurred about 6:40 p.m. in the 5100 block of Georgia Avenue NW, between the neighborhoods of 16th Street Heights and Brightwood Park. Police did not release a home address for the victim.”

Washington Post: Police arrest man in fatal shooting in Southeast Washington “D.C. police have arrested a suspect in the shooting death of a man last month in Southeast Washington, according to a statement from the department. Andre Becton, 24, of Suitland, Md., was charged with second-degree murder while armed. He was arrested Friday; police announced the apprehension on Monday. Police said Becton is charged with fatally shooting Darnell Peoples, 35, of District Heights, Md., in the 600 block of Mellon Street SE on Sept. 15. Police said he was shot several times and died at an area hospital. Authorities did not describe a motive.”

WUSA9: Man shoots, robs victim playing basketball in NE, DC “Police arrested a 22-year-old man who allegedly shot and robbed a man who was playing basketball in Northeast, D.C. The assault happened on September 11 in the 100 block of T Street in Northeast, D.C., Metropolitan police said. Authorities said the victim was playing basketball when the suspect approached him and pulled out a gun. The victim tried to run away, however was shot in the neck. The suspect, identified as 22-year-old James Rousseau of SW, D.C. then stole the victim’s wallet and cell phone. Rousseau was arrested on Thursday and is being charged with assault and intent to kill gun. He was additionally charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and robbery while armed.”

Fox5DC: Ice cream truck driver shot in DC “D.C. police are investigating the shooting of an ice cream truck driver in Southeast D.C. Monday evening. Police said they received a call about the shooting in the 2200 block of Alabama Avenue at around 6:15 p.m. According to police sources, the victim was shot seven times—at least three times in the stomach and twice in the arm. As he was being shot at, the driver continued to drive away from a residential street to a small strip mall on Alabama Avenue. The victim was transported to the hospital in critical condition.”

Washington Post: Fire breaks out at D.C.’s biggest homeless shelter in Southeast Washington “At least 31 families remained displaced Monday from the District’s largest homeless shelter after a suspected arson fire broke out at the facility in Southeast Washington over the weekend, city officials said. The fire started Saturday night on the building’s sixth floor, which is not being used to house residents. It was quickly brought under control, and no one was injured, city officials said.”

Washington Post: Man is found fatally beaten inside in a D.C. church “A 49-year-old Southeast man died Wednesday after he was found with trauma to the head in a Southeast Washington church, and detectives arrested a 37-year-old man on a murder charge in the case, police said. Around 8:15 a.m., police responded to a church in the 3000 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE, a spokesman for the D.C. police said. They found James Albert Harling suffering from head trauma, and the man was transported to a hospital, where he died, according to a statement. Police investigated the case as a homicide, and officials announced an arrest late Wednesday.”

Washington Post: A 15-year-old District youth admits fatally shooting 17-year-old “The two D.C. teens had a series of run-ins over months. But after a September argument on a Southeast street, the younger of the two, only 15 years old, left. When he returned a half-hour later, he brought a gun. The 10th-grader fired three or four times, prosecutors said. One bullet struck his foe, 17-year-old Kevin Anthony Jackson II, in the back of the head. The 15-year-old, who initially had been charged with first-degree murder in Jackson’s death, pleaded guilty Wednesday in D.C. Superior Court to involuntary manslaughter and a firearms charge. The Washington Post generally does not identify suspects charged in juvenile court. Court officials allowed The Post to attend the hearing — such proceedings usually are closed to the public — on the condition that the charged teen not be named.”

Fox5DC: Woman sexually assaulted on Georgetown sidewalk; neighbor gives chase but suspect gets away “Police are searching for a suspect after a woman was sexually assaulted Wednesday night along a Georgetown sidewalk. The incident happened around 8:15 p.m. Wednesday near 33rd Street and Dent Place in the northwest. Witnesses say the woman could be heard screaming as the suspect, described as a white man in his 20s or 30s wearing a hooded sweatshirt, attacker her. A neighbor, who heard the screams, ran from their home and chased the attacker down the street. Police arrived quickly and conducted an aerial search, however, the suspect was able to get away.”

Washington Post: Police arrest second suspect in fatal shooting in Washington Highlands “D.C. police on Thursday arrested a second suspect in the March killing of a 27-year-old man in the Washington Highlands neighborhood of Southeast Washington. Antwain Bailey, 47, of Temple Hills, Md., was charged with first-degree murder while armed. The first suspect, Anthony Wade, 29, of Southeast, was arrested in March and charged with second-degree murder while armed. The shooting occurred shortly before 5:30 p.m. on March 9 in the 800 block of Chesapeake Street SE. The victim, Aubrey Dansbury, 27, of Southeast, died at a hospital on March 17.”

Washington Post: Armed security guard robbed of gun outside library in Northeast Washington “An armed security guard was robbed of his weapon Thursday night outside a library in Northeast Washington, according to D.C. police. The incident occurred about 9:15 p.m. in the parking lot of the Dorothy I. Height-Benning Library in the 3900 block of Benning Road NE. The library had closed at 9 p.m. Police said the guard was walking to his vehicle in the rear of the library when he was approached from behind by a man holding a dark metal object to his head. ‘This is a gun,’ the victim told police, according to the offense report. ‘This is a revolution. I want your gun! Get on the ground.’”

Public Safety

WTOP: Buses crash in DC, send 43 students to hospital “A Metrobus and chartered school bus collided in D.C. Thursday, sending dozens of elementary school students to the hospital. The buses crashed at the intersection of Eastern Avenue and Randolph Street in Northeast D.C. — near the border with Prince George’s County — around 4:30 p.m. Forty-three students were transported to Children’s Hospital with minor injuries, said D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Doug Buchannan. Three adults — including the driver of the school bus — also were taken to the hospital with more serious injuries, Buchannan added. The crash caused one of the buses to leak fuel and a hazardous materials crew is at the scene working to clean it up. Officials have not released any additional details about the crash at this time, including what led to the collision.”

WTOP: Traffic congestion in DC region to explode in coming years “Traffic congestion and delays in the D.C. metro area are expected to get much worse by 2040. Vehicle hours of delay will increase by 74 percent and congestion will increase by 66 percent, according to projections the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board released last week. ‘If we did nothing, the congestion would be much worse,’ said Chairman Timothy Lovain of myriad plans to help alleviate traffic. Half of all congestion is caused by non-recurring incidents such as wrecks and breakdowns, Lovain said.”

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Posted October 28 2016 at 11:19 AM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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