CRIME UPDATE FROM THE DC POLICE UNION

DC Crime Summary – December 3rd - December 9th, 2016

There were three homicides and several other violent crimes this week in the District. • A man who was fatally shot Thursday night in the Ivy City neighborhood has been identified as Timothy Pretlow, 45, of Southeast. Police said he had been shot several times. A second man, who lives in Hyattsville, Md., was also shot in the incident. No arrests have been made. • Terry Crutchfield, 45, of Southeast, was fatally shot Tuesday inside a house in the Deanwood neighborhood. No suspect information is available at this time. This homicide is the city’s 127th homicide in 2016. Police are investigating the incident and are searching for a shooter. • Victor Anthony Bolden, 26, was fatally shot in his home in the Queens Chapel neighborhood on Thursday evening. The police report says that the inside of the house had been ransacked and property was taken. No suspect information is available. • A man was stabbed and critically wounded in the Grant Park neighborhood late Tuesday night. The man was unconscious but was breathing after the stabbing. • A shooting in the Anacostia neighborhood has left a 26-year-old man critically injured. The man was taken to the hospital with 11 gunshot wounds, and despite his serious injuries he is expected to survive. • Six robberies, at least three of them at gunpoint, were reported Friday night in less than 90 minutes in the Edgewood neighborhood. No suspect information is available at this time. • Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, of North Carolina, was arrested Sunday evening for entering Comet Ping Pong in Chevy Chase and pointing an AR-15 assault-style rifle at an employee. The suspect entered the restaurant and pointed his gun at the employee who was working at the time, in an apparent attempt to prove an Internet conspiracy theory that the restaurant harbored juvenile sex slaves. He faces several gun-related charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon. • A man was shot and injured Friday morning in the Deanwood neighborhood. The unidentified man was taken to an area hospital. No suspect information is available.

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Washington Post: D.C. police identify man fatally shot in Northeast Washington “A man who was fatally shot Thursday night in Northeast Washington’s Ivy City neighborhood has been identified as a 45-year-old from Southeast, according to D.C. police. Timothy Pretlow died at an area hospital shortly after the shooting, which occurred just before 7:30 p.m. in the 1800 block of Capitol Avenue NE. Police said he had been shot several times. A second man, who lives in Hyattsville, Md., was also shot in the incident. Police said he suffered a graze wound to the back and a wound to the left hip and was treated at an area hospital. No arrests have been made.”

Washington Post: Six robberies in 90-minute span reported in Northeast Washington “Six robberies, at least three of them at gunpoint, were reported Friday night in less than 90 minutes in a relatively compact section of Northeast Washington. In another robbery-related development, a reward totaling up to $60,000 was offered last week in the Nov. 26 armed robbery of a postal service mail carrier in the 2300 block of Second Street NE. The robbery occurred at 6 p.m., after he had finished his route, postal inspectors said. He was forced to the ground and beaten.”

Washington Post: Alleged gunman tells police he wanted to rescue children at D.C. pizza shop after hearing fictional Internet accounts “For 45 minutes, police said, Edgar Maddison Welch, cradling an AR-15 assault-style rifle, roamed the Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant looking to prove an Internet conspiracy theory that the popular D.C. restaurant harbored juvenile sex slaves. The few patrons had fled before Welch shot off the lock to an inside door, sending a bullet into a computer tower. The North Carolina man then turned the gun on an employee who emerged from the back holding pizza dough. The worker ran out, unharmed. With D.C. police amassing outside on Sunday afternoon, Welch finally walked out with his hands up — but not before he finished his search.”

Fox5DC: Another DC 7-Eleven store hit in flash mob robbery “It has become a familiar scene in the District – flash mob robberies or pack thefts carried out by dozens of teenagers as they raid stores and steal items inside. The latest incident happened over the weekend at a 7-Eleven store in the Barracks Row area. Nearly 30 teenagers stormed into the convenience store, robbed it and eventually led to a police pursuit into the Metro tunnels afterwards. This same store was hit by a pack of teenagers once before earlier this year. In the Capitol Hill neighborhood, there have been a total of 12 robberies of this type at 7-Eleven stores since this summer. It’s not a new fad as these flash mob robberies have been happening in D.C. as far back as 2013 – an incident captured on camera.”

Washington Post: D.C. police identify man fatally shot inside home in Deanwood neighborhood “D.C. police have identified a man who was fatally shot Tuesday inside a house in the Deanwood neighborhood. Terry Crutchfield, 45, of Southeast Washington, was pronounced dead on the scene, according to police. He was shot shortly before 11:30 a.m. at the home in the 1500 block of Olive Street NE, near the Deanwood Metro station. Police said Crutchfield had been shot twice in the abdomen and was found dead in a second-floor kitchen in the back of the residence.”

WJLA: Man dies after being shot in head in Northeast D.C.; marks city’s 127th homicide in 2016 “A man died after he was shot in the head late Tuesday morning in Northeast Washington making it the city’s 127th homicide in 2016, according to police. Police are investigating the incident and are searching for a shooter.”

Washington Post: Man seriously wounded in DC stabbing “A man was stabbed and critically wounded in Northeast Washington late Tuesday night, authorities said. The stabbing occurred about 10:30 p.m. in the 5200 block of Clay Street NE. The man was unconscious but was breathing after the stabbing, said Officer Sean Hickman, a police spokesman.”

WTOP: Hospital employee in DC arrested for sexually assaulting patient “An emergency room technician at United Medical Center, in Southeast D.C., has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a woman who was receiving treatment at the hospital. D.C. police said Premarcos Simon, 51, of Waldorf, Maryland, was arrested and charged with first-degree sexual assault of a patient, during the course of treatment. Simon told NBC Washington he denied the allegations and he did not sexually assault anyone. In a statement, hospital officials said they would not comment on the circumstances during the internal and police investigations.”

Fox5DC: Man critically injured after Southeast DC shooting “A shooting in Southeast D.C. has left a 26-year-old man critically injured, according to officials. The shooting happened steps away from a Metropolitan Police Department crime deterrence corner, which houses an electronic billboard that warns: CCTV cameras in use by MPD. The man was taken to the hospital with 11 gunshot wounds, and despite his serious injuries he is expected to survive.”

Fox5DC: Officials search for suspects involved in violent DC attack “A violent attack that took place in D.C. on November 26 has police searching for three suspects. The attack took place in the 500 block of Morse Street, Northeast, on Saturday, November 26, around 3:00 a.m. In surveillance video you can see three individuals approach the victim, they showed their gun, and then demanded money. You can then see the suspects begin to assault the victim violently, and they then take the victim’s phone, debit cards and identification from the pockets.”

WJLA: Police investigating report of sexual assault at Georgetown Waterfront “U.S. Park Police officials say they are investigating the report of a sexual assault at the Georgetown Waterfront. Authorities say they are not sure if this case is connected to the series of other sexual assaults recently reported in Georgetown. According to police, a man grabbed a victim at around 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19. The victim, who authorities say was walking in the 3200 block of the Georgetown Waterfront Park, was able to get away and call the police.”

Washington Post: D.C. police say house where man was fatally shot was ransacked “A 26-year-old man has been identified as the victim of Thursday afternoon’s fatal shooting inside a home in Northeast Washington, according to D.C. police. Victor Anthony Bolden, who had been shot several times, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said in a statement. A police report says Bolden lived in the home in which he was killed. The shooting was first reported shortly after 5 p.m. in the 600 block of Nicholson Street NE, adjacent to the Riggs Road Playground and near the Michigan Park neighborhood. The police report says that the inside of the house had been ransacked and property was taken.”

WJLA: Man injured in shooting in Northeast D.C. “A man was shot and injured Friday morning in Northeast Washington, according to Metropolitan Police. The unidentified man was taken to an area hospital. Police say the shooting occurred in the 5000 block of Jay Street, NE. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.”

Public Safety

WJLA: Metrobus crash in Southeast D.C., 10 transported to hospital with minor injuries “A Metrobus was involved in a crash with another vehicle in Southeast D.C. on Wednesday night, D.C. Fire and EMS officials report. The crash happened near the intersection of South Capitol Street, SE, and Firth Sterling Avenue, SE. According to Metro, a W4 bus was turning onto S. Capitol Street, SE, when it crashed into another vehicle. Metro says one person on the bus suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Fire officials say one person was extricated from the second vehicle. Fire officials say approximately 10 people were transported to the hospital, eight were on the Metrobus, and two were from other vehicles involved . Two people reportedly refused to go to the hospital after being evaluated. All are suffering from minor injuries.”

WUSA9: Metro inspectors noted track problems years before derailment “Metro officials knew about deteriorating wooden ties in the section of silver line track where July’s derailment occurred as early as 2013, newly-released interviews with track inspectors showed on Thursday. Track inspector Jovito Azurin told an investigator he first noted fifteen deteriorating wooden ties in the ‘K05’ section of track where the derailment occurred in a report filed in 2013. Neither he nor any of his supervisors ever followed up on the report, or others that would follow it for years, noting the same problem, before the July 2016 derailment.”

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Posted December 09 2016 at 12:17 PM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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