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UPDATE on 1402 S St.: Police DID Apprehend Male Suspect

by Borderstan.com December 16, 2009 at 10:32 pm 6 Comments

dc crime Luis Gomez Photos Logan Circle Borderstan

1402 S Street NW: After a 90-minute standoff and search, police apprehended a woman from the white row house next to the alley. The suspect apparently broke the window of the car (upper right photo) before being pursued down the 1400-block of S Street. The standoff at the house followed. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Friday morning update: Reports on what actually transpired around 9 p.m. on Wednesday at 1402 S Street NW after a standoff with police have varied. The first report, on the scene, was that after police gained entry to the house they only found a woman living illegally in the house (“squatting”)–but that they did not find the man who had been chased to the house after allegedly breaking into a car on 15th Street NW. This morning we learned from MPD 3rd District Commander Jacob Kishter that police found the car-theft suspect in the house at 1402 S, but no female squatter; Kishter cited the arrested officer.

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Note: By chance, we on hand for much of the incident described below. We were walking on the 1400-block of S Street around 7:30 p.m. when we saw police in the alley next to 1402 S Street and then heard breaking glass from a rooftop. We were in the area until around 8 p.m. and then returned around 8:30 p.m.

Google Map Photo of House

After a 90-minute standoff this evening, DC police apprehended a woman from an unoccupied house at 1402 S Street NW, according to police on the scene. There were approximately 15 police cruisers in the area, along with fire department units (including a ladder truck) and several ambulance vehicles. A police helicopter was also overhead at one point. Police blocked off the 1400-block of S Street and residents in nearby houses were asked to leave.

The incident began around 7:30 p.m. when the suspect (police initially thought the suspect was a man; no further details available) allegedly broke into a car on the 1700-block of 15th Street NW. A man and woman saw the break-in and the man pursued the suspect, chasing her east down the 1400-block of S Street.

According to witnesses at a nearby business, police were close to apprehending the woman when she ran into the alley and gained access to the rooftop of the house. One of the residents of a nearby house on the block said the house was recently sold and is unoccupied. The woman broke a skylight on the roof of the unoccupied house and then took refuge there.

More police arrived, along with fire and ambulance units as well as police dogs. Police did not know if the suspect was armed. According to a witness at the scene, police used a battering ram to enter through the back door of the house. Police search lights were visible in the front windows of the house.

As we were walking home after 9 p.m. on 15th Street, police began removing the barricade on S Street. Police told us that they had apprehended a woman in the house at 1402 S Street. We spoke briefly with the man who had chased the suspect down S Street; the car vandalized did not belong to him.

  • Alex

    good job the guy who chased her!

  • R Streeter

    That is some serious manpower. Funny, when I called 911 to report gunfire a couple months ago, not one police car showed up, let alone 15.

  • Bert

    Ooooooh! That’s a nice Christmas tree in the window next door!

  • Rick & Stacy

    HA! I’m the guy that chased ‘him.’ This article has the facts slightly incorrect. My girlfriend and I watched the guy break into the vehicle from the corner of 15th and R St. I crossed the street, walking towards the man, and called 911. As he left the scene, I chased him up R St to the 14th St alley going towards S St. My girlfriend flagged down two DC bike cops who tackled the guy, but he resisted arrest and ran, and then broke into a vacant house through the skylight. The DC Police swarmed the area to include a helicopter. The Emergency Response Team used a battering ram to gain access to the vacant house and sent the dogs in after him. The lady that was apprehended from the house was just a random squatter. We saw the guy taking the picture of the broken window in this article because I’m sitting in the front seat of the police cruiser in the photo and my girlfriend was in the back seat warming her toes. 😉

    • Thank you for the info and update.

  • Rick & Stacy

    Actually, the Police caught the male suspect. He was hiding in a crawl space in the same vacant house. We identified him after he was brought out and they took him away in cuffs. His backback contained burglary tools, and the victims stolen GPS from the vehicle with the broken window. I guess I should’ve mentined that before. 😉


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