DC Crime Summary – July 30th - August 5th
There were five homicides and several other violent crimes this week in the District. • Seven people were shot, killing three, in six separate locations on Saturday morning, ending 14 days without a reported homicide: Edward Roberts Jr., 29, was killed when he was shot multiple times in Columbia Heights at around 3:30 a.m. • Anaiona Gaston, 19, of Hyattsville, Maryland, died after she was found in an apartment in the Woodland neighborhood in Southeast at around 3:51 a.m. Police later arrested Malik Fields, 21, of Southeast. Fields has been charged with second-degree murder while armed. • Judonne Stephens, 25, of Northeast died at a hospital on Sunday. He was one of two men shot around 2:30 a.m. on Interstate 295 in Southeast. • Pedro Sixto Esparragoza, 32, of NW, was fatally stabbed early Tuesday in the Mount Pleasant area of Northwest. Edy Dinora Portillo Martinez, 28, of NW, was arrested and charged with second degree murder. • One man was killed and two others were injured in a pair of shootings that happened on Wednesday night in Mt. Vernon Square and Brightwood Park, respectively. No suspect information is available at this time.
Crime Map Update
WJLA: Woman dies after being shot in the head in Southeast D.C., arrest made “A woman was shot to death in Southeast D.C. early Saturday morning, according to police. D.C. Police say 19-year-old Anaiona Gaston of Hyattsville, Md., was found with a gunshot wound to the head at around 3:51 a.m. at an apartment complex at the 2300 block of Good Hope Road SE. Malik Fields, 21, of Southeast D.C. was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder while armed, police say.”
Washington Post: A 6-year-old is shot as a violent day in D.C. leaves two dead, six wounded “A 6-year-old boy was shot and wounded Saturday afternoon steps from a playground outside an apartment complex in Southeast Washington, according to police, and officers were searching for two men wearing black masks. The child was one of several people shot on one of the District’s most violent days in weeks. Authorities said he was struck in the left leg and was reported to be conscious at an area hospital. The child was one of eight people shot Saturday in Northwest and Southeast Washington.”
Washington Post: Man dies after being shot in D.C. Saturday, raising day’s death toll to three “A man shot in the District on Saturday died on Sunday, becoming the third homicide victim in Saturday’s spasm of violence. Judonne Stephens, 25, of Northeast Washington died at a hospital, the D.C. police said. He was one of two men shot around 2:30 a.m. on Interstate 295 in Southeast Washington. Police said Stephens and the other man were both found in a vehicle, near the Firth Sterling Avenue overpass.”
Washington Post: Fatal stabbing in Mount Pleasant “A man was fatally stabbed early Tuesday in the Mount Pleasant area of Northwest Washington, D.C. police said. They said Pedro Sixto Esparragoza,32, of Northwest Washington, was found about 4:35 a.m. in a house in the 1800 block of Newton Street NW. He had an apparent stab wound and died at a hospital, the police said.”
NBC Washington: 1 dead after pair of shootings in NW DC “One man was killed and two others were injured in a pair of shootings that happened just 10 minutes apart in Northwest Washington. The first shooting happened at 10:04 p.m. Wednesday, just one block from the Mt. Vernon Square Metro station. When officers arrived, they found a man who has been shot in the head. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. About 10 minutes later, someone inside a home on the 900 block of Crittenden Street NW called 911 after a man was shot. Police say the victim was shot in his right shoulder. The injury is not life-threatening.”
Washington Post: Robberies in the District dip in ﬁrst part of year, D.C. police data shows “Robberies and incidents in the downtown area are the principal violent crime reported in the District. More random than homicide, robberies are often considered to be an accurate barometer of the safety and security in a city. The most recent D.C. police figures, compiled only two days from the end of July, indicate that the total number of robberies in the city is less than in the same period last year. The figure through July 29 of this year was 1,770, and the corresponding number from last year was 1819. The decline is about 3 percent.”
Mayor and City Council
Washington Post: After a quiet couple of years, D.C. Council roiled by apparent conflict of interest “D.C. Council member Vincent B. Orange, who lost his primary race for reelection in June, has a new job: president of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce. But Orange says he will start his private-sector job as the face of the D.C. business community next month — while he continues to serve out his remaining five months on the D.C. Council. Orange’s decision has roiled the council. Members are intensely divided over Orange’s apparent conflict of interest, with several saying he should step down or be removed from power.”
WUSA9: Metro holds closed-door safety meeting with employees “In the middle of rolling safety shutdowns, Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld summoned his employees. Safety was the focus of Wednesday’s closed-door meeting, a Metro spokesperson told WUSA9. One Metro employee told WUSA9’s Pete Muntean that the meeting was ‘productive.’ This is an unprecedented second safety meeting in just four months. Back in May, nearly 650 Metro managers were called to meet with Wiedefeld. Days later, 20 were fired.”
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Posted August 05 2016 at 10:19 AM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link