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DC Crime Summary - November 31st - December 7th

DC Crime Summary - November 31st - December 7th

There were two homicides and several violent crimes this week in the District. A woman was fatally shot in the District on Saturday, and police arrested a man in the death, authorities said. D.C. police said Valerie Regina Coleman, 55, of Southeast, was found in a house in the 1700 block of 16th Street SE shortly after 8 a.m. The police said Kevin Lamont Smith, 47, of Southeast, was arrested and charged with second degree murder while armed. The shooting appeared to be linked to a domestic dispute, the police said. • A man who was found mortally wounded Wednesday night in Southwest Washington’s Bellevue neighborhood had been stabbed, D.C. police said after an autopsy was completed and his death ruled a homicide. The victim was identified as Ricky Williams, 41, of Southeast. No arrests have been made, and police did not comment on a possible motive. A man is in critical condition after a fire at an apartment building in Southeast D.C. The fire took place at the Friendship Court Apartments in the 4500 block of 3rd Street at around 6:30 p.m. Monday. D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson Vito Maggiolo says firefighters forced entry into an apartment and rescued the victim from the burning unit. He was transported by ambulance to the hospital. D.C. police are investigating and searching for a suspect after two people were shot in southeast Washington on Thursday morning. Few details were immediately available, but police said a man and a woman were shot along 6th St. SE across from Charles Hart Middle School. Both victims were conscious and breathing following the shooting. Metropolitan Police Department Detective Greggory Pemberton told a jury this week that he spent most of this year focused not only on one case, but primarily on one task: sifting through hundreds of hours of video footage that captured the roughly half-hour period on Jan. 20 when prosecutors say the defendants rioted. The government’s presentation demonstrated how prosecutors and police can pick apart a “black bloc” — a protest strategy particularly associated this year with the antifa movement in which participants dress in dark clothes and otherwise mask their appearance to thwart identifications by law enforcement.

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Washington Post: Woman found shot to death in Southeast D.C, after apparent domestic dispute “A woman was fatally shot in the District on Saturday, and police arrested a man in the death, authorities said. D.C. police said Valerie Regina Coleman, 55, of Southeast, was found in a house in the 1700 block of 16th Street SE shortly after 8 a.m. The police said Kevin Lamont Smith, 47, of Southeast, was arrested and charged with second degree murder while armed. The shooting appeared to be linked to a domestic dispute, the police said.”

Washington Post: Man found mortally wounded in Southwest Washington had been stabbed “A man who was found mortally wounded Wednesday night in Southwest Washington’s Bellevue neighborhood had been stabbed, D.C. police said after an autopsy was completed and his death ruled a homicide. The victim was identified as Ricky Williams, 41, of Southeast. No arrests have been made, and police did not comment on a possible motive.”

Fox5DC: Search for suspect after two shot in SE DC, police say “D.C. police are investigating and searching for a suspect after two people were shot in southeast Washington on Thursday morning. Few details were immediately available, but police said a man and a woman were shot along 6th St. SE across from Charles Hart Middle School. Both victims were conscious and breathing following the shooting.”

Fox5DC: Source: Man was found bound, beaten inside apartment during Southeast DC fire “A man is in critical condition after a fire at an apartment building in Southeast D.C. The fire took place at the Friendship Court Apartments in the 4500 block of 3rd Street at around 6:30 p.m. Monday. D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson Vito Maggiolo says firefighters forced entry into an apartment and rescued the victim from the burning unit. He was transported by ambulance to the hospital.”

Washington Post: Police searching for robbers in armed holdups of construction workers “The gunmen struck fast as they held up construction workers at three sites in the same block in Northeast Washington. Police said officers were taking a report at one location when “another call came out with another robbery” around the corner. Authorities have not made any arrests and are looking for two or three men in three armed robberies of construction workers that occurred around lunchtime Monday in the District’s Woodridge neighborhood, adjacent to Brookland along Bladensburg Road.”

Fox5DC: Fare evader throws bike onto Metro tracks, causes crash, then starts trash fire, police say “A man was arrested by Transit Police on Sunday after they say he got into a Metro station without paying, threw a bike onto Metro tracks, causing a crash and also set trash on fire. Authorities say at around 7 p.m., 50-year-old Demarcus Joseph Graves got into the Minnesota Avenue Station without making an attempt to pay the fare.”

Washington Post: Two cellphone stores robbed in three days in DC, police say “Two smartphone stores in the District have been robbed in three days, with similarities in tactics and techniques used by the robbers. These included the use of trash receptacles found at the scene to make off with the haul. In addition to the robbery Sunday in the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE, another phone store was held up Friday in the 1500 block of Benning Road NE, according to information released on Tuesday by the D.C. police.”

Buzzfeed: Here’s How The Government Is Trying To Break Down A Black Bloc For A Jury “Metropolitan Police Department Detective Greggory Pemberton told a jury this week that he spent most of this year focused not only on one case, but primarily on one task: sifting through hundreds of hours of video footage that captured the roughly half-hour period on Jan. 20 when prosecutors say the defendants rioted. The government’s presentation demonstrated how prosecutors and police can pick apart a “black bloc” — a protest strategy particularly associated this year with the antifa movement in which participants dress in dark clothes and otherwise mask their appearance to thwart identifications by law enforcement.”

Washington Post: Robber with assault-style weapon holds up convenience store in NE Washington “A man carrying a long gun resembling an assault-style weapon with a sound suppressor robbed a convenience store in Northeast Washington early Wednesday and ordered two employees to their knees, according to police.”

Public Safety Updates

NBC Washington: Family Desperate to Find DC Woman Missing Since Thanksgiving “A family is desperate to find 53-year-old Joni Rockingham, who walked out of her house on Nov. 22.”

Fox5DC: Bicyclists applaud DC police’s recent effort to crack down on drivers blocking bike lanes “D.C. police say they issued 46 citations on Wednesday to people who were blocking bike lanes downtown. Those who bike to and from work each day say blocking bike lanes is not only frustrating, but it can be dangerous for bicyclists. Many have documented the violations on social media as they have asked city officials to do more.”

Fox5DC: Principal of Ballou High School reassigned after investigation ordered into graduation policies “The principal of Ballou High School has been reassigned to another position following a report last week that claimed several students lacked the requirements to graduate despite all 164 students in Ballou’s 2017 graduating class received their diplomas and were accepted to college.”

Fox5DC: DC residents still waiting for answers from Metro as reports of intense vibration, shaking continue “It has been one year since FOX 5 first told you about complaints that Metro trains are causing homes to rumble and shake in the Petworth neighborhood of Northwest D.C. Residents and D.C. leaders are growing impatient and frustrated now that a full year has gone by without answers from Metro. The thought is the newer, heavier 7000-series trains are what is the causing the shaking. Metro has not agreed the trains are to blame. A study on this has been underway for months, but there is still no conclusion.”

NBC Washington: DC Police Board: Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Motorcyclist Terrence Sterling Was Unjustified “A D.C. police officer violated department policy when he shot and killed unarmed black motorcyclist Terrence Sterling last year, a Metropolitan Police Department internal review board found. Officer Brian Trainer was not justified in opening fire on Terrence Sterling early the morning of Sept. 11, 2016, according to the board. Trainer shot Sterling in the back after Sterling was reported to be riding recklessly. He was 31. “

Washington Post: Trial delayed for former Metro Transit police officer facing terrorism charges “A federal judge in Virginia has briefly delayed the trial for a former Metro Transit police officer accused of supporting the Islamic State, partly over concerns about publicity surrounding the case. Nicholas Young spoke to The Washington Post about the allegations in an article that ran in Sunday’s paper, saying he is being unfairly painted by authorities as a supporter of both the Islamic State and neo-Nazism.”
Fox5DC: Winter Weather Advisory issued for D.C. area, first snow expected Friday night, Saturday “Snowfall is now expected to encompass the I-95 corridor during the overnight hours. Last winter, the first inch of snow did not threaten Washington, D.C. until January 30. But with the increasing likelihood of more than an inch of snow in Washington tomorrow, the National Weather Service issued its first Winter Weather Advisory of the year, which will go into effect at midnight tonight and remain in place until 4 p.m. on Saturday.”

NBC Washington: Volunteer Opportunities: Spread Holiday Cheer by Giving “Don’t be a “Grinch” this holiday season. Instead, spread some holiday cheer by volunteering with a local organization. Donate funds and food to a worthwhile cause or get your hands dirty and help facilitate a charity event. Below are some opportunities to help your neighbors in need.”

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Posted December 08 2017 at 1:49 PM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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