According to this news story by WJLA, (ABC News, Channel 7), there have been at least five armed robberies in the greater Brookland area since Christmas Eve. MPD believes the same two men are responsible for the robberies because in each case, the suspects used a shotgun to threaten their victims, two of which were walking home from the Brookland Metro. According to the police reports cited in the story:
“the victims include men and women of all different ages and races. The crimes took place at different times of the day. But in all five cases, the weapon was a shotgun. In one of the police reports, the victim told police the suspect “pulled (a) black shotgun from his pant leg…and racked the weapon…” Once at gunpoint, the suspects either told the victims “give me your stuff”, “give me everything cuz” or “gimme your stuff.””
Pretty shocking stuff. We will let you know when we become aware of any further details. Be careful out there folks!
The Prince of Petworth blog is reporting that MPD has apprehended the suspect in the break in and attack of a young lady living in the Rhode Island Row apartment Complex. The attack happened last Friday. Unfortunately, the suspect struck again, attacking a woman at a Howard University dormitory. The investigation into that attack lead to his arrest. According to the Prince of Petworth:
“The suspect, identified as 19-year-old Demarco Myles, of Northwest, DC has been charged with Assault with the Intent to commit First Degree Sexual Assault while Armed for the October 26th attack. He was charged with First Degree Sexual Assault while Armed for yesterday’s offense.”
We covered the Rhode Island Row attack earlier this week here.
This is turning out to be a terrible crime week for our neck of the woods. Reader JD passed along this story about a home invasion and assault at the nearby Rhode Island Row apartments. The assault happened Friday, several news outlets covered it Wednesday, and I have looked around and have not found any updates since then. So, I am assuming the suspect is still at large. MPD has released surveillance video footage of a suspect, which you can see here. Police are asking that if you know anything about the case or recognize the man in the photo above/video please contact police at 202-727-9099 or text a tip to 50411. According to NBC 4 Washington:
A 24-year-old woman remains in critical condition after being beaten, kicked her and stabbed by a man who forced his way inside her apartment Friday…She was stabbed and slashed numerous times, including on her face.
Very chilling. Our prayers go out the young lady and her family/friends and our thoughts are with the residents of Rhode Island Row Apartments. Let’s hope they find the person who did this crime soon.
Well this is a sad start to the weekend in our neighborhood. Police responded to a domestic incident this morning on 17th St. NE between Newton and Monroe. Apparently, there was a dispute between the suspect and his grandfather. According to WJLA:
As the officers were approaching the home, the suspect came up from behind and stabbed the officer multiple times, police said. The officer then opened fire on the suspect, killing him.
The only news about the officer so far is that he is 32 years old and his stab wounds, in the neck, are serious. We at the bridge send wishes for a speedy recovery to the Officer and peace to all involved.
At the last Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) Meeting Jamila Hodge, the 5th District Prosecutor from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia informed the community about an upcoming Faith-Based Town Hall meeting.
This focus of the meeting is to share ideas about how to cut down on crime. Jamila explained that the U.S. Attorney’s Office seeks to encourage people to stand up and be active be in their communities. The Town Hall will feature a panel ready to discuss resources available to the 5th District community and to take questions. The panel will include U.S. Attorney Ron Machen, Metropolitan Police Department 5th District Commander Andy Solberg, Chief of the USAO Victim/Witness Unit Jelahn Stewart, and Chief of the Office of the Attorney General’s Juvenile Division Jennifer White, among others. The Town Hall will take place Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 6 p.m. at Israel Baptist Church in Brentwood, located at 1251 Saratoga Ave, NE. The meeting is open to everyone in the community.
NBC 4 reports that a Catholic University student was beaten and robbed last Monday August 27th at around 11 AM on the 700 block of Lawrence Street, NE. The student was leaving her car when someone grabbed her by the neck and smashed her head against the car. He continued assaulting her as she lay injured on the ground and he took several of her personal belongings (car keys, cell phone, cash, etc.) He then fled in the direction of the CUA Metro stop.
The suspect is described as a black male, about 5’7, average build, mid 20’s. Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Metropolitan Police Department, just dial 911.
MPD is investigating a fatal shooting which occurred last night on the 1000 block of Rhode Island Avenue, NE. Around 10:15 pm units from the Fifth District responded to the 1000 block of Rhode Island Avenue, NE because of reports of a shooting. Upon arrival, they found 22 year-old Bidley Warren of Northeast unconscious, unresponsive and suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. MPD currently offers up to $25,000 as a reward for information which leads to arrest and conviction in homicide cases. If you have information, call police at 202-727-9099 or text 50411.
National Night Out is an event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, that takes place annually in August. This Tuesday, August 7, DC residents will join neighbors, police officers and other community leaders to celebrate National Night Out across the city. The Fifth District police will be having their event at the Metropolitan Branch Trail from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at the S & 4th Streets, NE entrance to the trail. The following is a description of the event:
5D Community Walk, Ride, Skate
Celebrating Walkers, Riders and Skaters & Community Safety
Food, Fun and Entertainment
Court Reports- US Attorney’s Office
Crime Safety Material
Bike Ride with MPD Bike Patrol Unit
Free Bike Registration with National Bike Registry (first 25 attendees with bikes & proof of ownership)
Registration of Stolen Bike Search with National Bike Registry (must have police report)