CRIME UPDATE FROM THE DC POLICE UNION

DC Crime Summary – November 5th - November 11th, 2016

There was one homicide and several other violent crimes this week in the District. • Antina Cindette Pratt, 40, of Southeast, was found fatally stabbed Tuesday afternoon in the Barry Farm neighborhood. It was not immediately clear how long the victim had been there before being found. No information was available about a suspect or motive. • The October 26 death of Ummi Najma Al-Thaqib, 59, of Southeast is now being investigated as a homicide. The woman was found dead in her car outside an apartment complex in Upper Central NE. No suspect information is available. • A man was stabbed in the shoulder in the Carver/Langston neighborhood on Saturday afternoon. Police say the victim was conscious and breathing. Officials are looking for a 30-year-old black male, wearing a white shirt, black jeans and long dreads. • Police are investigating after a man walked into a hospital Sunday afternoon suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The man was shot in the Washington Highlands neighborhood at around noon. • Mathew Taylor Bruce, 23, of Amelia County, Va., was arrested with a gun near the White House on Saturday and was ordered detained on Monday by a D.C. Superior Court judge. • On Saturday evening, a D.C. police officer was hit in the leg and in the head with pellets from a BB gun outside of an apartment complex in the Congress Park neighborhood. No suspect information is available. • A man was shot several times in the back early Thursday outside a restaurant in the Chinatown neighborhood. Police officers near the area reported hearing 10 to 15 gunshots. The victim was taken to the hospital. • After a four-week trial in D.C. Superior Court, a jury found Demetrius Banks, 32, of Riverdale, Md., guilty of 23 felony counts of sexually assaulting and robbing the women as they walked home from the Fort Totten and Brookland Metro stations between July 28 and Aug. 28 in 2015. Banks faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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Washington Post: Woman, 40, found fatally stabbed in Southeast “A woman was found fatally stabbed Tuesday afternoon in Southeast Washington, D.C. police said. Antina Cindette Pratt, 40, of Southeast Washington was found about 3 p.m. in the 2600 block of Pomeroy Road SE, said Officer Sean Hickman, a police spokesman. He said she had been stabbed ‘multiple times.’ The block is near the Barry Farm section of Anacostia, and the place where the body was found is lined with trees and shrubbery. It was not immediately clear how long the woman had been there before being found. No information was available about a suspect or motive.”

Washington Post: Southeast D.C. woman’s death in October ruled a homicide “Authorities said Wednesday that a 59-year-old woman found dead in her car in October at an apartment complex in Northeast Washington had been strangled and that her death is being investigated as a homicide. D.C. police said they have not made any arrests in the death of Ummi Najma Al-Thaqib of Southeast, whose body was found the afternoon of Oct. 26 in the 3700 block of Jay Street NE, in the Mayfair Mansions apartment complex.”

Washington Post: D.C. police investigating after man suffering a gunshot wound walks into hospital “D.C. Police are investigating after a man walked into a hospital Sunday afternoon suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The man, who said he was shot at the intersection of Wheeler Road and Southern Avenue Southeast, sustained what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his side, police spokeswoman Rachel Reid said. Officers were investigating a report of shots fired nearby about 12:25 p.m., but it was not immediately known if it was related. The call came from just over a half mile from where the man reported being shot, in the 4200 block of 6th Street Southeast.” ”

WUSA9: Man stabbed in shoulder in NE DC “A man was stabbed in the shoulder in Northeast, D.C. on Saturday afternoon. Around 12:35 p.m., police responded to the 1700 block of Benning Road for a stabbing. Police say the victim is conscious and breathing. Officials are looking for a 30-year-old black male, wearing a white shirt, black jeans and long dreads. The victim has not been identified at this time. Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.”

Washington Post: Foggy Bottom, Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle and Tenleytown hit by robberies “A quaint and quiet street in relatively safe Foggy Bottom was the scene of an armed robbery Thursday night, as robberies also occurred in the Dupont Circle, Tenleytown, and Adams Morgan areas. An arrest followed the Adams Morgan robbery, which occurred at a convenience store in the 1700 block of Columbia Road NW. Based on descriptions, it appeared unlikely that anyone took part in more than one robbery.”

Washington Post: Man arrested with gun near White House ordered detained “A 23-year-old man who police said was wearing a face mask and was arrested with a gun near the White House on Saturday was ordered detained on Monday by a D.C. Superior Court judge. Mathew Taylor Bruce, of Amelia County, Va., is charged with illegal possession of a handgun. The suspect’s home is about 40 miles west of Richmond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday. Police said in an arrest affidavit that an officer saw Bruce about 1:15 p.m. in the 1500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW, near the Treasury annex, with a pistol holder sticking out of his waistband.”

Fox5DC: DC police warn of rise in violence in Congress Park area after officer hit by BB gun pellets “Residents in Washington D.C. are fed up after another night of violence in the city. Although homicide numbers are 25 fewer than what they were last year, the shootings are continuing at the same rate as they were during last year’s crime spike. There was another shooting in Southeast D.C. Monday afternoon after a 25-year-old man was wounded in the chest. In that same neighborhood Saturday evening, a D.C. police officer was hit in the leg and in the head with pellets from a BB gun outside of an apartment complex at 13th and Congress Streets.”

Washington Post: Man shot several times in back in D.C.’s Chinatown neighborhood “A man was shot several times in the back early Thursday outside a restaurant in downtown Washington’s Chinatown neighborhood, according to D.C. police. The victim was rushed to a hospital and police said he was conscious and breathing. Police officers near the 3 a.m. shooting in the 600 block of H Street NW reported hearing 10 to 15 gunshots, a report says.”

Washington Post: Man convicted of raping, robbing 5 women near D.C. Metro stations “A Maryland man faces a maximum sentence of life in prison after his conviction Thursday in the sexual assaults and robberies of five women at knifepoint near two Northeast Washington Metro stations during the summer of 2015. After a four-week trial in D.C. Superior Court, a jury found Demetrius Banks, 32, of Riverdale, Md., guilty of 23 felony counts of attacking and robbing the women as they walked home from the Fort Totten and Brookland Metro stations between July 28 and Aug. 28 in 2015.”

Washington Post: Youth shot, wounded outside D.C. employment office in Northeast “A young teenager was shot and wounded Thursday afternoon in front of the D.C. Department of Employment Services building on Minnesota Avenue in Northeast Washington, according to D.C. police. The youth was treated at an area hospital; police said the injury did not appear life-threatening. Police would not divulge the victim’s precise age. Police said witnesses reported hearing up to five shots shortly after 1 p.m. near the office’s main entrance in the 4000 block of Minnesota Avenue NE, between Benning Road and the Minnesota Avenue Metro station.”

Public Safety

WUSA9: Time change increases focus on preventing pedestrian deaths “Police in the Washington region say they are stepping up their efforts to prevent pedestrian deaths. That’s because the end of daylight savings time brings darker evening commutes and greater risks to pedestrians and bicyclists. According to a news release from Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, regional law enforcement will increase attention on drivers but also pedestrians and bicyclists who break traffic laws. The focus will continue through Nov. 27.”

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Posted November 11 2016 at 9:33 AM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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