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January-March: Crime Up Slightly in 2013 from 2012

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

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News from DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

Crime within the Borderstan boundaries in the first three months of 2013 was up slightly from 2012 numbers.

Overall, there were 651 total serious violent and property crimes, an increase of about 2% compared to the 638 incidents in the same time period in 2012 (see Crime in First Three Months of 2012 Up Only Slightly from 2011). Violent crime and property crime are both down about 5% when examining all of DC.

Property Crimes Driving Increase

In the table below, the counts for each offense type for the first quarter of 2012 and 2013 are included. The slight increase in offenses in 2013 is being driven entirely by property crime increases.

The large increase in burglary has been driven in part by a recent string of daytime burglaries in the Dupont area (Police Warn of Series of Daytime Burglaries in Dupont). Thefts also have shown an increase, while thefts from auto are down slightly.

In terms of violent crime, assaults with a deadly weapon are down substantially so far in 2013, and robberies are also down somewhat.

Offense

Jan-March 2012 Crimes

Jan-March 2013 Crimes

Percent Change

Assault with a Deadly Weapon 26 14 -46.2%
Arson 1 1 0%
Burglary 18 36 +100.0%
Homicide 1 1 0%
Robbery 64 57 -10.9%
Sex Abuse 3 3 0%
Stolen Auto 40 30 -25.0%
Theft 190 236 +24.2%
Theft from Auto 295 273 -7.5%
TOTAL 638 651 +2.0%

Top Blocks for Crimes

In terms of examining crime incidents block-by-block, for reasons that are not entirely clear, the new Metropolitan Police Department data system combines multiple blocks of Connecticut Avenue NW around Dupont Circle, making 1300 to 1699 Connecticut Avenue NW a single street block.

Thus far in 2013, this “block” has had the most serious incidents in Borderstan with a total of 29. The 1600 block of Connecticut Avenue NW has traditionally had the most incidents in that area, but it is now impossible to determine exactly how these 29 incidents are distributed along the street.

The 1300 block of U Street had 14 incidents through the first three months of 2013. Both the 700 and 800 block of Mount Vernon Place (also combined into a single block) and the 900 block of U Street had 13 serious incidents, and the 1400 block of P Street recorded 12 thus far. All of these blocks were among the highest crime locations in 2012 as well.

Crime incidents were fairly evenly distributed across the first three months of 2013. There were 227 offenses recorded in January, 185 in February, and 239 in March.

Data for these analyses were drawn from the Metropolitan Police Department Crime Mapping Application. Incidents are subject to reclassification, so these data may change slightly over the course of 2013.

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Police Crime Mapping Application Up and Running Again

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

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Click for the MPD crime mapping application. (Screen shot)

The Metropolitan Police Department’s crime mapping application is up and running again after months of downtime following a switch to a new records management system in the department.

The system, which allows the public to view the frequency and location of serious crime incidents, had been offline since September 17 (DC Police Crime Data Still Not Available Online).

Visitors to the site can search for crime data based on a specific address, or by using MPD geographic divisions (i.e. District, Police Service Area) or DC geographic divisions (e.g., Ward, Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, etc.).

Borderstan falls primarily in Police Service Areas (PSA) 301, 305, and 307 with a small portion in 308 in the Third District and 208 in the Second District. Users can also choose what timeframe to examine. Data are currently available through March 29, 2013, and the application automatically compares the date range chosen to the same time period in the previous year.

The advanced features on the application can be used to download data on specific incidents in Microsoft Excel. These data provide the criminal complaint number, type of incident, the date and shift when it was reported, and the street block and Census tract where it occurred (see Using the Crime Map Application from MPD).

Crime data for Borderstan are also available from the Daily Crime Reports posted to the Second District and Third District Yahoo! Groups, which include information on all serious incidents in the past 24 hours. The Daily Arrest Report has temporarily been suspended, but Chief Cathy Lanier said in late February that these reports would be posted again as soon as possible.

MPD press releases on major incidents and arrests are posted to the Yahoo! Groups and are also available on the department’s News Room Page. Alerts on crime incidents are also available through the Alert DC system, as well as MPD’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Look for additional posts soon with the latest on crime statistics for the Borderstan area.

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Maryland Man Sentenced for 2011 Homicide on 11th Street NW

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.

Twenty-six year old Alexis Pineda of Suitland, MD, was sentenced to 18 years in prison on March 15 for the 2011 shooting death of 24-year-old Jose Manuel Hernandez-Romero, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. The homicide occurred March 27 at about 2:30 am at El Sauce Restaurant, 1227 11th Street NW.

Pineda shot the victim, who lived in the 1400 block of N Street NW, one time in the chest and he died hours later at a local hospital. Pineda and Hernandez-Romero had not met previously and, according to witnesses, there was no altercation prior to the shooting.

According to court documents, Pineda had been drinking before he came to El Sauce and has a history of mental illness. After the shooting, other customers and employees at El Sauce held down Pineda until police arrived.

Jaime Cruz, 31, who came to the restaurant with Pineda, tried to escape the premises with the suspect and threatened to shoot the patrons holding Pineda down. Cruz was charged with obstruction of justice in the case and was sentenced to three years in prison in October.

Pineda was also sentenced to five years of supervised release, but because of a previous immigration conviction, he will be deported to El Salvador immediately after serving his prison sentence.

According to Homicide Watch D.C., Pineda pleaded guilty to a charge of second degree murder while armed in October 2012 in advance of a scheduled trial as part of a plea agreement. Pineda could have faced a sentence of up to 26 years in prison.

The incident was the one recorded homicide in Borderstan in 2011, although a second homicide occurred just south of Borderstan.

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Police Make Arrest for U Street Pickpocketing

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Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) arrested a suspect for stealing a cell phone from a woman’s purse on the morning of March 16, according to a post to the Third District Yahoo! group. The incident occurred just after midnight at the bar at the Brixton, 901 U Street NW.

In a similar incident on the evening of March 16 in Adams Morgan, a suspect was arrested for stealing multiple cell phones at Grand Central, 2447 18th Street.

The MPD has a number of tips on pickpocket prevention and being aware of your surroundings to avoid robbery victimization. These include men carrying their wallet in a front pocket or a jacket pocket instead of a back pocket.

Pockets that can be zippered or buttoned shut also make it more difficult for pickpockets to grab your possessions. Putting a rubber band around your wallet can make it easier to detect a pickpocket in action, because the rubber band rubbing against your pants will create friction.

Police encourage women to avoid carrying their wallets in their purse and instead keep their wallet or any valuables in a zipped pocket on their person. If possible, women should also carry a small purse or handbag that can be easily held. Purses that have zippers or snaps also create a bigger challenge for pickpockets.

For women who are wearing a purse with a strap, keeping the strap diagonally across your body (instead of on your shoulder) helps keep the bag in front of you, which makes it harder for a pickpocket to strike from behind. Most importantly, do not leave any valuables unattended on a table or bar, even for a moment, as pickpockets and thieves only need a few seconds to steal your possessions.

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Police Seek Person of Interest in 11th Street NW Robbery

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Crime news from the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

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

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is asking for assistance in locating a suspect in an armed robbery Thursday morning (Lunchtime Gun Robbery of Business at 11th and U NW). The suspect entered the Eleven Market at 1936 11th Street NW at about 10:45 am and showed a revolver to the cashier. He left with an undisclosed amount of money.

Surveillance footage, which police have posted to YouTube, shows the suspect entering the store and grabbing money from the cash register. The suspect is described as a white male, 20- to 30-years-old with short brown hair. During the robbery, he was wearing a green hooded jacket and jeans.

Anyone with information in the incident is asked to contact MPD at 202-727-9099. A reward of up to $10,000 is available for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

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Police Warn of Series of Daytime Burglaries in Dupont

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A burglar is gaining access to Dupont homes by pushing out AC units. (Borderstan)

The Metropolitan Police Department is warning residents in the Dupont area about a series of recent daytime burglaries committed in similar ways, according to a post in the Third District Yahoo! group.

In all of the incidents, the suspect entered the homes by pushing out window air conditioning units. He has stolen electronic items in each burglary.

Six burglaries between January 17 and March 1 in both the Second and Third District match this pattern. These incidents occurred January 17 in the 1800 block of S Street NW, February 21 in the 1700 block of R Street NW, February 23 in the 1500 block of 17th Street NW, February 25 in the 1900 block of Florida Avenue NW, February 28 in the 1600 block of 17th Street NW and March 1 in the 1700 block of P Street NW.

In Friday’s incident, which occurred at about 6:45 am, the suspect was described as a black male, about 5’9” tall and 170 pounds, wearing a spotted black and white jacket.

The Dupont area also faced a series of daytime burglaries in late 2012 (Recent Daytime Burglaries Reported in Dupont Area), although the method of entry and suspect description were different in these incidents.

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

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Liquor License Revoked for Asefu’s Yegna Restaurant/1920dc

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Asefu’s Yegna Restaurant/1920DC on 9th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Asefu’s Yegna Restaurant and 1920dc, both operating under a single alcoholic beverage license at 1920 9th Street NW, had their license revoked by the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board in an order released Wednesday.

The revocation was in response to a series of infractions for serving alcohol during prohibited hours.

Temporary Shutdown

Asefu’s and 1920dc had been shut down for 96 hours by Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier late Saturday (1920dc Shut Down After Saturday Morning Homicide) in response to a homicide outside the premises early Saturday morning (Man Shot, Killed Early Saturday, 1900 Block 9th Street NW).

The liquor license revocation, however, was not related to the temporary shutdown. The ABC Board noted that the investigatory case related to the shutdown was moot as a result of the revocation order.

The ABC Board’s order found evidence that owner Asefu Alemayehu allowed the establishment to serve alcohol during unauthorized hours in a 2011 incident. On July 5, 2011, an investigator from the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) visited the premises at 3:49 am and witnessed approximately 20 customers inside drinking beer. D.C. law allows for alcohol to only be served until 2:00 am on Tuesdays.

At a hearing in the case in January 2013, the ABC Board rejected a compromise offer that would have led to a shutdown for the establishments between February 18 and February 27, payment of a $3,000 fine, and a transfer of the liquor license.

Why the License was Revoked

In Wednesday’s order, the Board said they were revoking the license under their discretionary authority and because of a legal requirement to do so. Under D.C. law, an establishment automatically loses its liquor license after four serious violations in four years. In addition to the 2011 incident, Alemayehu was convicted of violations related to serving during unauthorized hours in September 2008, May 2009, and April 2010.

The Board expressed disappointment with these repeated violations in its order, noting “by repeatedly remaining open past its Board-approved hours, the Respondent has shown she cannot comply with the law, and that she has no regard for public safety, or the quality of life of residents.” The Board voted 4-1 to accept the order with Chairperson Ruthanne Miller disagreeing on revocation as a penalty.

These violations all occurred before hip hop bar 1920dc opened in July 2012, but because of the shared liquor license, that establishment can no longer serve alcohol. A tweet from 1920dc said the bar is “officially closed due to the revocation of the liquor license.”

February 23 Homicide

In Saturday’s homicide case, 24 year old Cedric Spicer was arrested in the shooting death of 30 year old Joseph Hardin (Arrest Made in Saturday Morning 9th Street NW Homicide). Spicer made an initial appearance in D.C. Superior Court Monday and was charged with first degree murder while armed. He is being held without bond in the D.C. Jail. A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for March 14.

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1920dc Shut Down After Saturday Morning Homicide

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1920dc was temporarily closed after Saturday morning’s homicide in front of the venue on 9th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier temporarily shut down 1920dc, a hip hop bar 1920 9th Street NW, following a homicide outside the premises early Saturday morning. The shutdown went into effect late Saturday and lasts for 96 hours.

Derek Spicer, 24, was arrested and charged with first degree murder while armed in the death of Joseph Hardin, 30 (Arrest Made in Saturday Morning 9th Street Homicide). There are conflicting reports as to the events leading up to the shooting death of Hardin.

A manager of 1920dc told The Washington Post that Hardin had been in an argument in the bar earlier in the night but had left the premises. The manager said he went outside and saw a verbal dispute with Hardin and three other men. A gunman, who the manager claims had not been in the bar that evening, approached Hardin from across the street and shot him multiple times.

However, according to a report from ABC 7, both Hardin and Spicer had been in the bar and began arguing inside the premises before leaving. Based on that report, the shooting occurred about 10 to 15 minutes after both men left the bar.

According to a police report, an officer responding to the shooting saw Spicer running towards him wearing a mask. He was apprehended after dropping a handgun on the street.

Lanier has the authority to temporarily close establishments serving alcohol for up to 96 hours under the Emergency Suspension of Liquor Licenses Act of 2005. Such closures can occur when “The Chief of Police finds that continued operation of this establishment would present an imminent danger to the health, safety, and welfare of the public; that there is an additional imminent danger to the health and welfare of the public by not closing this establishment; and that there is no immediately available measure to ameliorate these findings.”

Lanier has previously used her authority under the Emergency Suspension of Liquor Licenses Act of 2005 to close Heritage India, Mood Lounge, Tabaq Bistro, Indulj and Tap & Parlour after violent incidents. All these establishments later reopened after hearings before the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

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Arrest Made in Saturday Morning 9th Street NW Homicide

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Looking south on the 1900 block of 9th Street NW, just south of U Street. (File photo, Luis Gomez Photos)

The Metropolitan Police Department announced an arrest in a homicide in the 1900 block of 9th Street NW early Saturday morning (Man Shot, Killed Early Saturday, 1900 Block of 9th Street NW).

MPD patrol officers located the suspect nearby and arrested 24 year old Cedric Spicer of Northwest DC. Spicer is charged with first degree murder while armed. It is not clear if police are searching for additional suspects as the initial crime alert about the incident mentioned two armed suspects.

The victim, 30-year-old Joseph Hardin of Alexandria, was shot multiple times in the head just after 1 am.

When DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived on the scene, Hardin was unconscious and not breathing and he was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where he was pronounced dead.

According to some reports, the shooting occurred at 1920 9th Street NW, outside of hip hop bar 1920 DC. The investigation by MPD continues.

Homicides are rare in the Borderstan area. This was the first in 2013 and just one official homicide occurred in all of 2012 (DC Records Lowest Number of Homicides Since 1961).

Police Alerts, More Information

You can sign up for alerts through Alert DC and get alerts  by e-mail, cell phone, pager or wireless PDA. When signing up, you can select alerts on crime, transportation, utility outages/issues, government closings, breaking news, DC-sponsored events and Amber Alerts. You can follow the DC Police on Twitter @DCPoliceDept.

You can get more information about crime in the Borderstan area through the MPD listservs for the Second and Third Districts on Yahoo! Groups.

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Police Seek Suspect in T Street NW Armed Robbery

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Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is asking for assistance in locating a suspect in an armed robbery Monday morning in an alley off the 1100 block of T Street NW (7 AM Robbery with Gun, 1800 Block 12th Street NW). The robbery, which occurred at about 6:55 am, was caught on a surveillance camera.

In the video, which MPD has posted to YouTube, the suspect can be seen walking on the sidewalk on T Street and then approaching two victims in the alley while holding a small black handgun. He fled from the alley after stealing property from the victims.

He is described as a black male in his mid to late 20s about 5’10” to 6’ tall and weighing approximately 165 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark ski mask, a gray hoodie, what appears to be a North Face jacket, blue jeans, and dark sneakers with an orange strip along the side.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact MPD at 202-727-9099.

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