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by Tim Regan — August 27, 2015 at 1:30 pm 0

Police CarA man has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in connection with a deadly fight that occurred in Pleasant Plains last weekend.

D.C. Police announced this afternoon that 24-year-old Milkiyas Bayisa of Adelphi, Md., was arrested and charged with second-degree murder for allegedly killing 35 year-old Kassahun Abebe Edo of Irving, Texas, during a fight.

Police responded to a report of a fight on the 700 block of Fairmont Street NW on Aug. 22 at approximately 3:00 a.m. When officers arrived, they found Edo on the ground and unconscious.

Police say that during the fight, Edo was assaulted, fell to the ground and hit his head on the curb.

Though Edo was transported from the scene to a hospital, he died the next day.

by Tim Regan — August 26, 2015 at 1:40 pm 687 0

Several recent burglaries at businesses in Columbia Heights and Park View may be related, say D.C. Police.

On Aug. 9, a man wearing a ski mask threw a rock through a window at arts nonprofit BloomBars (3222 11th Street NW) and allegedly took two donation boxes and change from a swear jar. A week later, a similarly dressed man was filmed smashing a glass door and entering a business on the 3200 block of Georgia Avenue NW.

Now, Colony Club (3118 Georgia Avenue NW) and Meridian Pint (3400 11th St NW), just blocks away, say they may have been hit by the same burglar.

Colony Club co-owners Ben Heller and Max Zuckerman say a masked man broke into their business last Sunday.

“He broke in at 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning,” Heller said. “He used some sort of mallet type hammer to break through our back door, which is a glass door.”

The alleged burglar was filmed by surveillance cameras swiping a handful of beers and a bag of tools.

“There was a moment yesterday where we maybe thought it was the same person [as the BloomBars burglar],” Zuckerman said. But the mask and the grainy footage make it hard to positively identify the man, he adds.

“In terms of what he actually stole, it’s probably no more than a couple hundred dollars,” Heller says. “The main expense for us is having to replace the back door, or at least the glass on the back door.”

Meridian Pint general manager Heather Kendrick says her business was burglarized just this morning.

“At approximately 3:40 in the morning, [the burglar] smashed the window in,” Kendrick says. “He made off with some booze from here. Super infuriating.”

Meridian Pint’s surveillance cameras were rolling as the alleged burglar raided the bar and restaurant.

“To my sleuthing self, the guy looks like to be the same guy as the BloomBars thief,” she adds. “Same time, same mask, same gloves.”

The Metropolitan Police Department’s Third District Commander Jacob Kishter said that although the burglaries are “most likely related,” police are still investigating the possible link.

Surveillance videos courtesy of BloomBars, MPD and Colony Club

by Tim Regan — August 26, 2015 at 10:25 am 0

A man was filmed smashing a glass door in connection with a burglary that occurred earlier this month in Park View.

Police say the burglary occurred on the 3200 block of Georgia Avenue NW Aug. 16 around 4:23 AM.

In a surveillance video released yesterday by police, a man in a baseball cap can be seen shattering a glass door with a small handheld object. The man then steps inside the business and runs off-camera, but returns into view and leaves the building a moment later.

One week prior on Aug. 9, an arts nonprofit roughly two blocks away was burglarized in a similar fashion.

Police did not say whether the two burglaries were connected.

Video via MPD

by Tim Regan — August 25, 2015 at 2:10 pm 1 Comment

The founder of a Columbia Heights arts nonprofit had plenty to curse about earlier this month.

BloomBars founder John Chambers says a thief broke into his organization’s art space at 3222 11th Street NW and stole two donation boxes and change from a swear jar on Aug. 9 around 2:25 a.m.

“He threw a rock through the window,” Chambers says. “That guy must be a pitcher or something because he really wound up.”

The organization’s surveillance cameras filmed the alleged crime.

In a video Chambers uploaded to Youtube yesterday, a man can be seen donning a ski mask and gloves, then hurling a chunk of pavement through a glass window. The man then appears to scoop up loose change from an overturned jar and nab two metal donation boxes.

“He probably made away with and three hundred dollars, and the window was about three hundred and fifty to four hundred dollars,” Chambers says. “We’re coming up onto Columbia Heights day, we need to get brochures printed and there’s a lot that needs to happen. That’s seven or eight hundred dollars we don’t have now.”

Chambers says he reported the theft to police, but hasn’t heard if any arrests were made.

A spokesperson for D.C. Police was not available to provide more information about the crime.

In the time since the burglary occurred, the chunk of cement thrown by the burglar and the window it broke have both been turned into art installations on display at the gallery.

BloomBars will launch a crowdfunding campaign to recoup some its losses later this week, Chambers says.

Video via BloomBars

by Tim Regan — August 25, 2015 at 7:00 am 282 0

Police CarA man was killed during a fight that occurred near Pleasant Plains last weekend, say D.C. Police.

Police responded to a report of a fight on the 700 block of Fairmont Street NW on Saturday at approximately 3:00 am.  When officers arrived, they found 35 year-old Kassahun Abebe Edo of Irving, Texas, on the ground and unconscious.

Police say that during the fight, Edo was assaulted, fell to the ground and hit his head on the curb.

Edo was transported from the scene to a hospital, where he died on Sunday.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099.

Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

by Tim Regan — August 24, 2015 at 11:05 am 0

Police CarD.C. Police say they arrested one person and seized two handguns following a report of gunshots near the intersection of Elm and 4th streets NW around 5:30 p.m. last night.

Commander Jacob Kishter alerted the MPD’s Third District listserv of the arrest yesterday evening. “A quick response by nearby police officers and several citizens who called 911 we were able stop the involved parties,” Kishter wrote.

Police did not identify the arrested suspect or the charges brought against them when contacted earlier this morning.

There were no injuries or reports of property damage connected to the crime, say police.

by Tim Regan — August 20, 2015 at 3:40 pm 462 0

Marcus King, photo via MPDPolice have identified one of the suspects in the deadly shooting that left 23 year-old Matthew Shlonsky dead last weekend.

Police say Shlonsky was killed after being caught in the path of a drive-by shooting that occurred near the intersection of 7th and S streets NW on the afternoon of Aug. 15.

Police are seeking Marcus King, 19, on a warrant for second degree murder while armed.

 

Police released King’s photo and information earlier this afternoon.

If you see this suspect, call 911 for immediate police response. Anyone with information is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.

Photo courtesy of MPD

by Tim Regan — August 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm 326 0

A person of interest connected with a July car break-in near U Street NW has been caught on video.

Surveillance video released today by D.C. Police shows a man cycling up to and inspecting a parked car near the 1300 block of W Street NW on July 24. The man appears to set off the car’s alarm before riding away on his bike.

A short time later, the man returns on foot and approaches the car again. He looks both ways, then appears to fiddle with the car door, which pops open after a few seconds. The man then grabs a bag from the car and runs away on foot.

Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia. Your assistance is appreciated by your community.

Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE to 50411.

Video via MPD

by Tim Regan — August 20, 2015 at 9:50 am 6,622 1 Comment

Barcelona, photo via Street View(Updated at 3:20 p.m.) A masked man was arrested last night while waving a knife and threatening patrons at popular 14th Street NW bar and restaurant Barcelona.

Police say Akintola Olowofoyeku was arrested around 12:41 a.m. this morning after he entered the eatery wearing a ski mask and holding a knife. It was unclear whether Olowofoyeku was attempting to rob patrons or the restaurant itself, say police.

Erick Sanchez says he was dining with friends at the restaurant after 11 p.m. when the masked man started pounding on the windows.

“This guy creeped up by the window in a ski mask and banged on the glass,” Sanchez says. “Our waitress started running toward the back and then the guy bolted in.”

Sanchez says the man then pulled out a knife and darted toward the bar and cash registers, but was apprehended by a bartender.

“He pulled out a knife when a bartender came from behind him and knocked him out [with a] clean blow the head,” says Sanchez.

Police say that two people held the alleged robber down while they waited for officers to arrive.

“It was definitely scary and a good amount of folks just fled the place,” Sanchez says.

Alex Curley, Barcelona’s area director, says the bartender who punched the would-be robber would rather not comment on what happened.

Though Curley didn’t witness the incident, he said he reviewed camera footage and spoke with employees who were there to get a sense of what happened.

“It was crazy,” Curely says. “We’ve never seen anything like this happen before. This is an awesome neighborhood, so it was like, what the hell is this?”

Some people are already calling the bartender a hero, Curley says.

“He acted on complete instinct. He saw that people were in danger, he saw that something was wrong, and he acted on his own personal instinct,” says Curley. “In that light … he is a hero. We averted what could have been bad.”

This afternoon, Sanchez started a “Give the Hero at Barcelona a Tip” IndieGoGo page to collect money for the bartender.

“I hope we can give him a nice little token of our appreciation,” Sanchez says.

Photo via Google Street View

by Tim Regan — August 19, 2015 at 8:45 am 373 0

Police are on the lookout for a man filmed in connection with an armed assault in Dupont Circle.

According to police, a suspect knocked on the door of a home on the 2000 block of Massachusetts Avenue NW last Saturday at approximately 1:45 p.m. The suspect then pulled out a handgun and unsuccessfully attempted to force his way into the home before fleeing.

The victim was not injured during the crime.

Police are searching for a man in a white tank top and dark colored pants filmed walking through the lobby of a building.

Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia. Your assistance is appreciated by your community.

Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE to 50411.

Video via MPD

by Tim Regan — August 18, 2015 at 10:25 am 348 0

3511-3536 14th Street NW Photo via Street ViewTwo assailants attacked and robbed a man in a Columbia Heights alley early yesterday morning, say D.C. Police.

Police say two men approached another man in an alley between 3511 and 3536 14th Street NW yesterday morning around 1:35 a.m. The two men then assaulted and robbed the victim, say police.

Police are currently on the lookout for the two men, described as being 5’7”, 160 pounds and 30-40 years old. One man wore a red shirt and blue jeans during the crime, say police. The other wore a white tank top and jean shorts.

Photo via Google Street View

by Tim Regan — August 18, 2015 at 7:00 am 381 2 Comments

Police Car(Corrected at 10:51 p.m. with proper neighborhood) A man was arrested and charged yesterday in connection with the death of an infant in Petworth, say D.C. Police.

Police announced yesterday evening that they had arrested 28-year-old Robert Smith Sr. from Northwest D.C. and charged him with first-degree felony murder in connection with the death of five-week-old Robert Smith Jr.

Police say officers and emergency personnel from D.C. Fire and EMS responded to the 3700 block of 9th Street NW for the report of an unconscious person two weeks ago on Aug. 4 around 3:43 pm.

Upon arrival, crews found a five week-old infant “unconscious and unresponsive.” The infant was transported from the scene to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say the District’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner later determined the cause of death to be a homicide caused by “multiple blunt force injuries.”

Information on Smith Sr.’s lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

by Tim Regan — August 17, 2015 at 5:10 pm 1,246 0

Six persons of interest were filmed in connection with the deadly shooting that left an American University graduate dead in Shaw on Saturday afternoon.

The video, released today by police, is split into two parts.

The first part shows a vehicle connected to the shooting. Police are urging those who may have seen the vehicle before or after the shooting to come forward.

The second part appears to show footage from a shootout that occurred near the intersection of 7th and S streets NW on Saturday.

In that part of the video, several men, who appear to be clutching handguns, can be seen running with their heads down, seemingly scrambling for cover.

American University graduate Matthew Shlonsky was killed in the crossfire, say police.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Your assistance is appreciated by your community.

Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE to 50411.

Video via MPD

by Tim Regan — August 17, 2015 at 12:15 pm 308 0

Police CarD.C. Police are seeking a man they say sexually assaulted a woman while holding her at gunpoint early yesterday morning.

According to police, a woman was approached by a man on the 600 block of Park Road NW around 6:00 a.m. on Sunday. The man then sexually assaulted the woman at gunpoint, say police. The suspect was armed with a black handgun.

The suspect is described as being a Black man in his twenties, about 5’5” or 5’6”, “medium complexion” and muscular.  Police add that the suspect was wearing a blue and white plaid shirt, blue jeans, a blue or purple in color hat and black sunglasses.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099.  Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

DC Crime Solvers currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for an assault committed in the District of Columbia.

by Tim Regan — August 17, 2015 at 9:45 am 486 2 Comments

Police cars, photo via Flickr.com/MPD

An ANC commissioner is calling on D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to implement a new crime plan following the deadly shooting of an American University student in Shaw on Saturday.

In a post written yesterday, ANC 2F Commissioner Charlie Bengel, 2F-06, laid out his concerns with “Mayor Muriel Bowser’s failure to protect the citizens of the District of Columbia.”

“Matt Shlonsky was 23 years old, a 2014 graduate of American University and an employee at Deloitte,” wrote Bengel on the deadly shooting in Shaw. “He was walking near the Shaw Metro station yesterday, minding his own business, when he was randomly killed, a victim of a drive by shooting in what has become a lawless Shaw community.”

Bengel continues: “As an elected city official I call on the mayor to immediately implement a true plan, with specific actions, to take back our communities from the violent crime we’ve seen recently.”

Below are Bengel’s 10 strategies for crime prevention in the District:

1. Use the bully pulpit of the mayor’s position to discuss with communities the importance of coming forward with information that could lead to the closure of open cases of violent crime. We must overcome the culture of a hero being labeled a snitch.

2. Increase the reward from $25,000 to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for homicides. Year to date the city has seen 93 homicides and more than half remain unsolved.

3. Re-introduce district-based plain clothes vice units. The Third District vice unit was responsible for 1,400 arrests and 100 gun seizures alone in 2014. Crime suppression teams, fully uniformed and in marked, and very visible, police cruisers, are unable to be as effective as the vice units were.

4. Increase enforcement of public housing and Section 8 rules. With 70,000 residents on the waiting list for housing assistance, we cannot tolerate any public housing or Section 8 residents who harbor criminals or break rules – or allow their guests to. When a public housing or Section 8 resident is convicted of a felony that news needs to be shared amongst agencies and result in an eviction per the public housing rules.

5. Set up zero tolerance policing zones where arrests will occur, without warning, to anyone committing any crime – including quality of life crimes such as drinking in public, prostitution, public urination, marijuana use, illegal gambling and the like.

6. Unrestricted police overtime. The police department needs as many officers on the street as possible to get us through the summer.

7. Curfew enforcement. The law says juveniles under the age of 17 shall be inside by midnight in the summer and that law needs to be strictly enforced.

8. The city needs to greatly increase the use of high definition surveillance and recording cameras and give grants to businesses willing to install exterior cameras and share the live feed with the police department.

9. The same people are getting arrested over and over again and it becomes a “badge of honor”, as one officer told me. We need to look closely at how many arrests are not prosecuted and what comes of those cases that are. The reality is a tiny portion of people commit the violent crime and we need to get them locked up for a long time.

10. All District agencies must work together to combat crime and the agency directors need to be held accountable. It should not have taken three months after a homicide across from Kennedy Rec Center in Shaw for DPR & DGS to get a contract for cameras executed.

Bengel also called for more ANC commissioners to speak out about violence in the District.

“I call on my fellow Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners to keep up the pressure,” he wrote. “Don’t be afraid to speak out. Don’t let this issue slip when crime drops with the temperature. Demand that our leaders in the executive branch come up with long term solutions to what is an always anticipated rise in crime in the summer.”

Photo via Flickr/MPD

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