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Robbery this Morning, 1400-Block R St NW

by Borderstan.com July 17, 2009 at 6:18 am 1,001 18 Comments

Just got this Police Alert. The crime was at 5:16 a.m. this morning on the 1400-block of R Street NW.

Robbery Snatch_0516 HRS_1400 R ST NW_LOF B/M, medium to dark complexion, 6’0, 200lbs DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20090389183

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  • Eric

    There needs to be 24/7 police presence at 14th and R. I am so sick of reading about this crap. If a cop was sitting on post there at a substation, this crime, along with many others, would not happen. And if it did happen, the criminal would be caught. There’s nothing complicated about ending this.

  • SG

    Has 14th and R always been public housing?

  • Eric

    I don’t know. I know that there are some articles about them reopening…

    http://www.mmafin.com/news/docs/JTCH_Aug08_RStreetApartmentsArticle_with%20Cover.pdf

    http://www.news8.net/news/stories/0409/614397.html

    I am not going to blame the residents unless they in fact are committing the crimes or harboring the criminals.

    Either way, these crimes would not happen with police around.

  • Jen

    For as long as I’ve lived on the block (4 years) the buildings on the south side have been public housing. They were recently renovated and I think the pricing structure was altered to include a certain number of units at market value (not 100% on this). I often see police cars parked on the block (Johnson Ave and in front of the church) but often times, no officers are inside.

  • Eric

    I wrote to the Mayor’s office about this on the DC.gov “contact the mayor” link….

    Worth a shot…

  • Eric

    You can also write to Councilman Jack Evans…

    [email protected]

  • Jen

    Update. Home at 12:20am – a lot of police presence on Johnson and R Street. Eric – maybe your phone call worked?

  • Eric

    Wow… I hope they stick around. Have not received word back from the Mayor’s office or the Councilman’s office. I will let the Borderstan crew know if I do.

  • Rick

    Yeah, that block between 14th and 15th on the south side of R is just terrible. Hate to say it, but public housing there seems like a recipe for crime. Too many opportunities in the neighborhood. I guess increased police presence is the only thing that can be done to fix it.

  • Michael

    I live on the north side of this block. I recently contacted DCPD via Councilman Catania’s office and was happy to see two patrol cars on this block later that day. Not sure it was me, but happy to take credit 🙂

  • Eric

    Can you suggest to Mr. Catania that a police substation be established in that area? That’s the real fix.

  • Eric

    By the way… That’s great news! Good work!

  • Eric

    From Councilman Evans:

    Eric – thank you for writing. I am forwarding your email to MPD for their consideration. I have also asked MPD to dedicated additional resources to this area in an effort to curtail some of the crime taking place.

    Thank you again for contacting me.
    Jack

    —–

    From: Kucik, George (MPD) [mailto:[email protected]dc.gov]

    Mr. xxxxx: about a month ago, there was a significant increase in robberies in PSA 307 which includes the area near 14th an R St. I have just added 4 officers to that PSA. Lieutenant Moore has implemented a tactical team to address the robberies and they have made several robberies arrests and recovered at least 2 guns. Robberies have decreased by significantly in PSA 307 but there is still a way to go. We will continue to deploy officers and the tactical unit to the area. If you have additional questions please feel free to contact me or Lieutenant Vanessa Moore at [email protected]. Thanks.  Commander George Kucik

    Thanks to Mr. Evans and MPD!

    Other thoughts?

  • Ugly Truth

    The customers of the drug dealers in and around those buildings are responsible for a huge percentage of the crime in Borderstan.

    Evans’ Chief of Constituent Services lived and owned on that block from 2001 to 2008. Evans did nothing. He and Fenty are buddy-buddy with the owner of the most problematic building.

    If only a few neighbors actually make noise about it, the crime will continue

  • Eric

    If you know that these buildings are drug dens then contact the Washington City Paper. They seem to be good at investigating things and then publishing the findings.

  • Eric

    You should also contact Commander Kucik regarding this matter. Let us know when you hear back.

  • Ugly Truth

    Again <>

    Groups of 5 to 15 people have been going at this problem for years and getting nowhere. 100 people need to get off their butts if these do-gooder building owners are going to be forced to change..

  • Eric

    Have you contacted the City Paper yet?

    Tell them what you know.

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