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Shooting at 9th and Rhode Island NW Monday Night

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Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

A shooting occurred on a basketball court near the intersection of 9th Street NW and Rhode Island Avenue NW around 8:30 pm Monday night according to the Metropolitan Police Department. The closest basketball court to that area appears to be the one adjacent to the Shaw Skate Park on 11th Street NW.

According to police, a suspect fired multiple shots, one of which struck an adult male in the hand. The man who was hit is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. Witnesses reported two suspects who may be involved in the shooting leaving the scene towards R Street NW after the incident.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call MPD at 202-727-9099.

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Six Weekend Violent Crimes in Robbery Spree

From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.

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Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

Four robberies took place in Borderstan Friday night and early Saturday morning, one of which involved a handgun. A stabbing and a robbery at knifepoint were reported early Sunday morning.

At 5:45pm Friday a gun robbery was reported at the intersection of 14th Street NW and S Street NW. The suspect is described as an approximately 50 year old black male about 5’8” to 5’10” tall with a dark complexion. He was armed with a silver handgun.

At about 10:15pm Friday a robbery with force was reported in the 1800 block of Vermont Avenue NW. Police are seeking four black female juveniles in that incident.

Just after 10:48pm Friday a robbery fear was reported at the intersection of 8th Street NW and Q Street NW. The suspect in that case is described as a black male about 5’8” tall with a medium complexion.

In the final Friday night incident, a robbery with force was reported at about 1:25 am Saturday in the 1600 block of S Street NW. The suspects are described as four black males.

On Saturday evening into early Sunday morning, two incidents took places in the U Street area. A stabbing was reported in the 1900 block of 9th Street NW just after 3:30 am. No further information on a suspect or the condition of the victim was available.

At about 4:15 am Sunday a victim was robbed at knifepoint at the intersection of 12th Street NW and V Street NW. The two suspects in that case are described as black males between 19- and 24-years-old, one with dreadlocks in a ponytail.

No injuries were reported in any of the robberies, and police have not announced any arrests. There is no indication that any of these events are related. Anyone with information in any of these cases is asked to call the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099.

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Victim Shot on 7th Street NW Thursday Evening

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Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

A victim was shot on 7th Street NW just after 7:00pm Thursday according to a tweet from the Metropolitan Police Department. The shooting was originally reported in the 1200 block of 7th Street NW, but after speaking with police, ANC 6E04 Commissioner Rachelle Nigro reported the incident took place near the intersection of 7th Street NW and P Street NW.

Police told Nigro that a victim walking north on 7th Street NW was struck in the hand by a bullet. The injuries were not life threatening. According to the police tweet, two black males in a black vehicle with tinted windows were seen leaving the scene.

Thursday’s incident was a short distance south of a report of shots fired on Tuesday afternoon. According to a post from police, a suspect shot at a vehicle in the 1900 block of 7th Street NW after a verbal dispute with the vehicle’s occupants. There were no reported injuries and no suspect was located, although police did recover a gun a short distance away.

The suspect in that case was described as a black male about 30-years-old with dreadlocks, a medium complexion, and a thin build. There is no indication the two incidents are related.

Anyone with information in either case is asked to call the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099.

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Police Seek Suspect in 12th Street Patio Robbery

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Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

UPDATE: Police have made an arrest in the case, according to the Washington Post. James Edward Wade, 30, was arrested Saturday and charged with armed robbery.

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is seeking a suspect in an armed robbery that occurred on a restaurant patio just east of Logan Circle last month. The incident occurred just before 9:30 pm on Friday, May 17, on the patio at Pizzoli’s Pizzeria at 1418 12th Street NW.

Police have posted surveillance video from the incident, which shows the suspect approaching the two male victims while they ate on the patio. After a brief conversation, he produced a handgun and stole money and an iPhone from the victims before fleeing.

The two male victims, who were interviewed by The Washington Post, described remaining calm even after the casual conversation with the suspect turned into an armed robbery. As the Post noted, the video posted Thursday has quickly gone viral with close to 25,000 views by Friday afternoon, making it one of the most highly viewed YouTube videos posted by MPD.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact police at 202.727.9099.

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Lanier Reiterates Displeasure with Cash-for-Phones ATMs

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Smartphones and portable electronic devices are always targeted. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Chief Cathy Lanier appeared on the TODAY Show last Thursday expressing frustration with the rise in ATMs that allow customers to trade in and recycle used cell phones and other electronics for cash on the spot.

ecoATM is the San Diego-based company that produces the machines and places them in malls and shopping centers across the country. Lanier believes that ecoATMs provide an extra incentive to potential robbers, because the machines offer a quick and easy way to trade in stolen phones for cash.

The company disagrees, arguing that extensive security measures make it difficult to trade in stolen phones. Customers using the machines must be 18-years-old and provide a valid photo identification card that is compared in real-time to a photo taken by the machine. They must also provide a thumbprint.

ecoATM records the serial number of each phone collected and stores them for at least 30 days after collection. Additionally, the company announced Wednesday the creation of an eight-member Law Enforcement Advisory Board, who will provide recommendations on how ecoATM can best partner with police agencies and ensure the machines are not used for reselling stolen goods.

Lanier first argued against the use of ecoATMs on WTOP in February, stating that up to 30 to 35 percent of the phones recycled at ecoATMs are stolen. The company disputes these figures, noting on their website that fewer than five out of every 10,000 phones recycled are stolen.

Lanier said Thursday that MPD believes at least 200 phones stolen in the District have turned up in suburban locations of the machines and that MPD has already made six arrests in these cases. She did commend the company for being very cooperative in law enforcement investigations when a phone believed to be stolen is found deposited in the ATM.

ecoATM currently does not have any machines inside the District, and has not announced any plans to establish a D.C. location. The company formerly operated a machine in Temple Hills, MD at Iverson Mall, but the machine was removed because of a licensing issue. There also was previously a machine in the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City that no longer appears on the company’s list of locations.

While there are still a number of ecoATMs in the D.C. metropolitan area, the remaining current locations would not be particularly convenient for District robbers. The closest ATMs are in Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, Virginia; St. Charles Towne Center in Waldorf, Maryland; and Potomac Mills in Woodbridge, Virginia.

If your smartphone is lost or stolen, you can have the device remotely disabled by the provider to make it more difficult for the phone to be reused or resold. More information is available from MPD’s “Brick It!” website (DC Announces Initiative Encouraging Victims to Disable Stolen Phones).

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Gun Robbery at 9th Street and R NW Monday Night

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Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

A man was robbed at gunpoint in the 1700 block of 9th Street NW just before 7 pm Monday night, according to a tweet and Crime Alert from the Metropolitan Police Department.

The victim was uninjured, but his iPhone was stolen. The suspect is described as a black male between 17- and 20-years-old, and about 6 feet tall was last seen wearing all black clothing.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099.

From the Police Alert: “Robbery Gun, UNIT 3072 CONFIRMED A Robbery in the 1700 blk of 9th St, NW. LOF a B/M, 5’11-6′, 17-20 yoa, all blk clothing.  DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20130227965, Sent on: 05/13 21:01″

From the DC Police Twitter feed: “Robbery Gun in the 1700blk of 9th St, NW. 1852hrs. LOF a B/M, 5’11-6′, 17-20 yoa, all blk clothing. 6972″

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Final Sentences Handed Down in Meth Distribution Case

From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.

"Crime"Lee M. Hylton, 51, and Michael Talon, 31, were both recently sentenced for their role in a methamphetamine distribution scheme that previously sent Marc A. Gersen, a former Georgetown law student, to prison (Former Georgetown Law Student Sentenced for Meth Distribution).

Both Hylton and Talon pleaded guilty in 2012 to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine in exchange for the dismissal of all other charges.

All three men were arrested in December 2011 after police discovered methamphetamine and chemicals used for producing drugs in an apartment shared by Gersen and Talon at the Imperial House Condominium at 1601 18th Street NW and in a room at the Beacon Hotel at 1615 Rhode Island Avenue NW.

Hylton, who most recently resided in Arlington, was sentenced March 1 to four years in prison, the same sentence Gersen received in February. Hylton will be placed on three years of supervised release after his prison term and must perform 200 hours of community service. He also must forfeit $85,000 in cash linked to the sale and distribution of methamphetamine. Both Gersen and Hylton are scheduled for release from federal prison camps on May 25, 2015. Both also will receive a 500-hour drug treatment program while imprisoned.

Talon received no prison time and was sentenced to three years of supervised release in a hearing on April 24. He is a Canadian citizen and agreed to return to Canada and comply with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation process. According to court records, Talon played a lesser role in the conspiracy than Gersen and Hylton. He is also battling serious medical issues and will receive healthcare in Canada as a citizen. Based on court documents, Talon is seeking a new job in media relations in Canada. He previously founded a now defunct communications firm, OnRecord Media, in the District.

All three suspects were sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by Judge Reggie B. Walton.

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Robbery and Assault on 14th Street Early Thursday Morning

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Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

A man was robbed and beaten early Thursday morning near the intersection of 14th and N Streets NW, according to a post from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). According to police, three men approached the victim at about 1 am and began punching him.

During the attack, one of the suspects stole the victim’s iPad. Two of the three suspects were later apprehended and charged with robbery. A third suspect fled the area on foot. The victim’s iPad was not recovered.

NBC Washington spoke with the victim in the case, who says the suspects shouted homophobic slurs in Spanish at him. The incident occurred on the sidewalk near 1321 14th Street NW, the location of Crew Club, which according to its website, is a fitness and lounge facility that caters to gay men.

Police are investigating the case as a possible hate crime and are still seeking the third suspect. Anyone with information in the case is asked to call MPD at 202-727-9099.

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Two Weekend Gun Crimes in Borderstan, One a Shooting

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Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

Two unrelated gun crimes were reported in Borderstan late Saturday and early Sunday morning, by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

18th and Florida NW Gun Robbery

At about 11:50 pm, a victim was robbed at gunpoint in an alley near 18th Street and Florida Avenue NW by two suspects.

The first suspect, who was armed with a black handgun, is described as a black male about 6’2” tall with a dark complexion and dreadlocks last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. The second suspect is described as a black male about 6’2” tall with a medium complexion last seen wearing a red jacket.

Shooting at 8th and N NW

At about 3:45 am on Sunday, April 21, MPD reported a shooting at 8th and N Streets NW. According to a post from police, an officer patrolling in the area heard the sound of gunshots and found a victim who had been shot in the lower leg. He was taken to the hospital for treatment. The suspect was described as a black male with a red shirt and was seen fleeing the scene on foot.

Attempted Robbery at 14th and W NW

Earlier, on Saturday, police made an arrest in an attempted robbery near 14th and W Streets NW, according to a post. A suspect grabbed the victim around the neck and demanded money. He fled after the victim yelled for police and was apprehended a short time later by plainclothes officers. The suspect was arrested for assault with intent to rob.

Anyone with information in any of these cases is asked to call the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099.

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Thursday: MPD to Host Neighborhood Watch Training

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MPD Neighborhood Watch Training will be at 1620 V Street NW.(Luis Gomez Photos)

The Metropolitan Police Department is hosting a neighborhood watch training on Thursday, April 18.

The event, which will be held from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Third District Station at 1620 V Street NW, will be led by Samantha Nolan. She is an at-large member of MPD’s Citizens Advisory Council and serves as the citywide neighborhood watch trainer.

The training is focused on reducing opportunities for criminals to help prevent crime and reduce the chances of becoming a crime victim.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Samantha Nolan at nolantutor[AT]yahoo.com. There is no cost to attend the training.

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