by Borderstan.com February 5, 2013 at 8:00 am 0

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

"drug"

Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) made nine arrests in the Shaw neighborhood on Friday after a lengthy investigation on drug dealing and violence in the area.

According to a release, the arrests were made across the District, including near the intersection of 8th and R Streets NW, where the illegal activity of the group was concentrated. Suspects were arrested for a number of offenses including distribution of crack cocaine, weapons offenses and robbery.

In a statement, MPD Chief Cathy Lanier said, “This is significant for this community as many of the suspects who were charged did not reside in that neighborhood, but loitered there and committed violent crimes. This operation is part of the Metropolitan Police Department’s continued commitment to reduce crime in our neighborhoods.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted MPD detectives from the Third District Vice Unit and the Narcotics and Special Investigations Division during the investigation.

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by Borderstan.com February 4, 2013 at 8:00 am 0

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

"meth"

Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

Marc A. Gersen, 31, was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday in U.S. District Court for one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.

Gersen will also be placed on three years of probation after his release, will have to serve 400 hours of community service, and must pay judgments and fines totaling $122,500. Gersen pled guilty to the charge in November.

Gersen was enrolled as a law student at Georgetown University at the time of his arrest in December 2011 and was living in an apartment in the Borderstan area. The The Washington Post details the double life of Gersen. He was both a star student interested in becoming a public defender and heavily involved in a methamphetamine dealing ring, in part to finance his addiction to the drug.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s release, Gersen conspired with his roommate, Michael Talon, 30, and Lee Hylton, 51, of Arlington, to distribute meth in the District and surrounding areas. Gersen would go to California, where he previously had been an economics graduate student at the University of California Berkeley, to purchase methamphetamine in quantities of up to half a pound to ship back to DC for distribution.

Police searched the apartment of Gersen and Talon in the 1600 block of 18th Street NW on November 28, 2011 and found three grams of meth and chemicals used for producing drugs. Gersen was arrested outside the Beacon Hotel in the 1600 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW on December 1, 2011 on his way to meet Gersen and Talon. Police arrested Gersen and Talon inside the hotel after finding more than 500 grams of meth.

Talon and Hylton both also pled guilty to the same charge. Talon’s sentencing is scheduled for March 15 and Hylton’s for March 1.

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by Borderstan.com January 9, 2013 at 8:00 am 0

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

"burglaries"

One way to prevent burglaries is a well-lit back entrance with a security door and deadbolt lock. (Borderstn)

A series of recent daytime burglaries has occurred on side streets in the Dupont area, according to a post on Dupont Forum. Three of these incidents occurred on the 1700 block of Swann Street NW. On November 26, a home was burglarized through a fenced back yard accessed from an alley.

A similar incident occurred on December 13, but the suspect fled after being seen in the back yard. He was described as an African-American male about 30 years old and 6-feet tall. A third incident on December 26 also involved entry through the alley.

On December 20, a suspect burglarized a home in the 1700 block of Riggs Place NW from a fenced back yard. It is not clear if these incidents are related, but residents in these areas should take extra precautions to avoid being burglarized.

Burglary Prevention Tips

The Metropolitan Police Department has a number of burglary prevention tips on its website. These include making sure that all doors have a deadbolt lock, and that accessible windows and sliding glass doors are well-secured. Residents should also avoid hiding spare keys outside their home. Doors should also be made of metal or solid wood and fit tightly in the frame.

Residents with backyards should maintain their fence and install motion sensor lighting. The yard should also be kept clean and shrubberies should be pruned to make it more difficult for someone to break in without being seen.

Overall, burglaries were down about 7 percent citywide in 2012 compared to 2011.

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by Borderstan.com January 7, 2013 at 8:01 pm 0

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

"gun robbery"

Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

DC Police announced Saturday that two Maryland men have been arrested for a sexual assault on New Year’s Day on the 1700 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW.

According to police, an adult female left a party with two known male acquaintances just before 4 am on January 1. The two men allegedly led her to a parking garage and sexually assaulted her. Police arrested 21-year-old Nicholas Schultz and 26-year-old Matthew Maldonado in the case.

Both were charged with second-degree sexual abuse. Schultz and Maldonado have preliminary hearings scheduled for Thursday morning.

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by Borderstan.com January 7, 2013 at 8:00 am 0

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

"homicides"

There were only 88 homicides in DC in 2008. (Borderstan file photo)

Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier announced Thursday that DC officially recorded 88 homicides in 2012, the lowest total for the District since 1961. Homicide is down nearly 53 percent since 2008.

Borderstan had one official homicide in 2012. Thirty-year-old Michael Edward Jones was killed in a shooting on July 7 in the 1700 block of 7th Street NW (Saturday Night Shooting Near 7th and R Street NW Leaves 1 Dead). Joseph Peoples was arrested in the case and charged with second degree murder while armed (Arrest Made in Saturday Night Homicide on 7th Street NW). Peoples continues to be held without bond in DC Jail awaiting grand jury action. A felony status hearing is scheduled for January 11.

The stabbing death of 19-year-old Dalontray Williams in the 1500 block of 7th Street NW on January 26 was initially ruled a homicide, but was later classified as “justified by citizen” and so is not included in official police numbers (7th Street NW Homicide Classified as “Justified by Citizen”). The exact reason for the classification was not released, although police reported Williams was stabbed during a fight.

Borderstan also recorded one homicide in 2011 (although a second occurred adjacent to Borderstan’s boundaries) and five homicides occurred in Borderstan in 2010.

Overall serious crime was up about 4 percent citywide in 2012 compared to 2011, driven largely by increases in thefts. Sexual abuse cases also increased and aggravated assault incidents rose slightly. For the year, robbery numbers in 2012 were almost identical to 2011. Motor vehicle theft and burglary showed overall declines. Borderstan crime statistics will be compiled as soon as police make crime data available again (DC Police Crime Data Still Not Available Online).

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by Borderstan.com January 4, 2013 at 8:00 am 0

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

"missing"

Michael Steven Poe. (Courtesy of Montgomery County Police)

The body of 23-year-old Michael Steven Poe of Clarksburg, Maryland, was found Wednesday evening in the 1800 block of Biltmore Street NW according to a release from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

Poe had been reported missing January 1 when he did not return home after spending New Year’s Eve in the District. He had left a group of friends at Shenanigan’s Pub in the 2400 block of 18th Street NW at about 12:30 am January 1 and had last used his cell phone at 2:30 am.

According to The The Washington Post, Poe’s father was handing out flyers in Adams Morgan Wednesday evening when a woman recalled seeing Poe on her building’s roof early January 1.

Poe’s body was found 50 feet down a ventilation shaft near the roof. It remains unclear how Poe ended up on the roof and if and how he fell into the shaft. MPD reports that detectives from the Homicide Branch are investigating the death, but foul play is not suspected in the case. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

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by Borderstan.com December 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm 1,629 0

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

"banK"

Suntrust Bank branch on the south side of Dupont Circle. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) announced an arrest in the bank robbery at the SunTrust Bank branch Friday morning. The suspect, 57-year-old Scott Lee Feuer of Southeast Washington, allegedly entered the branch located at 1369 Connecticut Avenue NW at about 10 am. According to police, he handed the teller a note demanding money and fled in the direction of the Dupont Circle Metro Station with an unknown amount of cash.

According to The Washington Post, MPD asked Metro Transit Police to hold all trains at Dupont just after 10am and the suspect was arrested by Second District MPD officers on a Silver Spring bound Red Line train. Feuer was charged with Robbery Fear.

MPD Detectives are investigating whether Feuer is involved in other recent incidents. A picture tweeted of Feuer in handcuffs exiting the Dupont Metro Station bears a strong resemblance to an image MPD released of the suspect in a Wednesday bank robbery of the SuTrust Bank branch in the 900 block of 17th Street NW, although the two cases have not yet been definitively linked.

Feuer (also known in some court records as Scott Lee Feuver) has a history of convictions for bank robbery. According to a U.S. Court of Appeals decision, Feuer was charged with six counts of bank robbery and one count of attempted robbery in 1996. He pleaded guilty to three counts of bank robbery in December 1996 and was sentenced to 115 months in prison and three years of supervised release in July 1997. According to Bureau of Prison records, he was released from federal prison in May 2005.

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by Borderstan.com December 27, 2012 at 8:00 am 0

"crime"

The December 10 gun robbery on the 1400 block of P Street NW topped the list of 2012 Crime stories. (Luis Gomez Photos)

It’s that time again… a look back before we start 2013. Like last December, we will provide you with a list of the most-read stories on Borderstan by category. Today are the Top 10 from the Crime section.

The web is forever, so they say. Posted stories continue to get hits a long time after originally going up on the site. As a result, some of the most-read stories for the year were sometimes published the year before — especially if they were published late the year before.

Top 10 Borderstan Crime Stories of 2012

These Crime t stories were Top 10 most read last year on Borderstan.com. Crime writer Cody Telep had five of the Top 10 stories while in the Crime section.

  1. 6:30 PM Monday Gun Robbery, 1400 Block of P Street NW (Cody Telep)
  2. Man Shot in Vicinity 17th and Corcoran NW Saturday Afternoon (Luis Gomez)
  3. Stabbing at Tabaq Bistro Early Saturday Leads to Temporary Closure (Cody Telep)
  4. Police Tips: Protect Yourself From Robbery, Assault (Bordertan)
  5. Update on 17th and Corcoran Shooting: Second Suspect Sought (Cody Telep)
  6. 10:15 PM Shooting on Saturday, 1400 Block of R Street NW (Borderstan)
  7. Update on Early Saturday Morning Shooting, 1100 Block U Street NW (Cody Telep)
  8. 2 Victims in Early Sunday Morning Stabbing at 14th and U NW (Borderstan)
  9. Logan Prostitution Operation Nets 10 Arrests (Cody Telep)
  10. Gun Robbery Early Sunday Morning on 14th Street NW (Borderstan)

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by Borderstan.com December 21, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,194 0

"Gray"

Mayor Vincent Gray. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

The D.C. Council rejected two proposals from Mayor Vincent Gray that would have provided funding to add 100 officers to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD; see coverage from The Washington Post and The Washington Examiner). Council Chairman Phil Mendelson had expressed his intention to vote down the measures prior to Tuesday’s legislative meeting.

Mayor Gray had requested hiring 48 officers by reallocating an extra $1.7 million in the budget. The other 52 officers would have been funded with money from traffic camera fines.

Mendelson felt the mayor was rushing the proposal and that current MPD force numbers are sufficient. He also encouraged MPD to continue to use civilianization as a means of putting more sworn officers on the street.

MPD Chief Cathy Lanier mentioned Borderstan neighborhoods in a letter to Mendelson on Monday asking him to reconsider his stance prior to Tuesday’s votes:

During the past year, we have conducted a comprehensive analysis of ongoing development throughout the city. The historical lessons we have learned from areas such as Chinatown and Columbia Heights suggest that several other areas of development will experience an upward trajectory in Workload — both calls for service and crime…Several other areas — including the H Street corridor, U Street and 14th Street NW, CityCenterDC, DuPont Circle, Adams Morgan, and the St. Elizabeth’s campus, to name a few — are undergoing substantial amounts of new or continued development. All of these areas will have a significant impact on police services. Our analysis has made it clear that due to the dense development, the areas will demand a different type of police deployment — more foot, bike, and Segway patrols, which are not able to cover as large of an area” (emphasis added).

Mendelson did agree to revisit the issue in 2013. Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) was the only councilmember to vote for the reallocation of funds to hire 48 officers. The Council unanimously rejected using traffic camera fine money to hire more cops.

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by Borderstan.com December 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm 0

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

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a person of interest in a December 10 theft at Shaw Middle School at Garnet-Patterson. Police have released surveillance video, which shows a suspect in a hallway of the school in the 2000 block of 10th Street NW just after 5:00 pm. The person of interest is seen leaving a classroom and carrying a plastic bag, which police say contained iPads stolen from the school.

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

Thefts of computer equipment from DC schools have not been uncommon recently. Three elementary schools outside of Borderstan were targeted over Thanksgiving break according to DCist.
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by Borderstan.com December 20, 2012 at 8:00 am 0

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

"Crime"

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has created a card with safety tips designed to help citizens prevent becoming the victim of a robbery.

The card encourages residents to always be aware of their surroundings and to pay attention to activity happening around them. Avoiding distractions from electronic devices is particularly important.

Trying to multi-task while walking can lead to victimization– MPD stresses it is best to walk with a purpose and with confidence and not try to text, take phone calls, listen to music, or check email while walking. Many of the recent robberies in Borderstan involved the snatching of iPhones from distracted victims. If possible, do not walk alone and only walk through well-lit and well-traveled areas.

MPD also recommends only using ATMs in well-populated areas when it is light outside. Do not display large amounts of cash or expensive jewelry or electronic items.

To prevent pickpocketing, men should avoid carrying their wallet in a back pocket and instead carry it in a front pocket or an inside jacket pocket. Women are encouraged to carry a small purse that can held in their hand.

MPD also announced on Monday that citywide crime data updated daily would now be available on the Statistics and Data page. The DC Police Crime Mapping application remains down as MPD continues to work on integrating the new records management system with the mapping software.

While data for just the Borderstan area remain unavailable, citywide data suggest that robbery numbers for the year are almost identical to 2011. Violent crime is up 3 percent on the year, because of increases in aggravated assaults and sex abuse incidents. Total property crime is up 4 percent citywide, driven by increases in thefts.

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by Borderstan.com December 18, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,662 0

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

"Bohemian"

Tap & Parlor/Bohemian Carverns at 11th and U Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Tap & Parlour and Bohemian Caverns, which share a liquor license and building at 2001 11th Street NW, reopened Friday evening after a temporary liquor license suspension that began December 8.

Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Chief Cathy Lanier shut down the establishments after an alleged second-degree sexual assault that took place in Tap & Parlour. 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.

According to the investigative report by the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA; available from Washington City Paper), a female victim reported that she was sexually assaulted by an employee of Tap & Parlour at about 4 am on December 8.

The victim and her friends had been drinking with a manager they knew and employees in the lower level of the stablishment. The victim reported she became tired and went up to the street-level bar to rest. When she awoke, she was being sexually assaulted by a male employee. After an MPD investigation, Lanier closed the bar at 6 pm December 8. The ABRA investigation also concluded that Tap & Parlour was serving alcohol past its closing time of 3 am.

ABRA continued the suspension of Tap & Parlour’s liquor license at a December 12 hearing, but allowed the establishment to reopen following a December 13 hearing. Bohemian Caverns and Tap & Parlour had to meet a number of conditions before reopening (see the Order on Summary Suspension).

These included firing the employee and manager involved in the December 8 incident, fixing a broken lock and broken security cameras, creating written guidelines for ensuring the bar is closed on time and submitting a Security Plan to ABRA. The Security Plan had to cover a number of areas including the placement of security guards and cameras, provisions for reporting incidents to MPD and ABRA and policies on ID checks. Within 30 days, all employees must undergo sexual assault training, and ABRA must ensure that all four security cameras are functional and that security footage is being kept for 30 days.

These conditions were all met on December 14 and Bohemian Caverns tweeted about the club’s reopening for happy hour that day.

Tap & Parlour and Bohemian Caverns will have a status hearing on January 30 to monitor compliance with these conditions. The incident was also referred to the Office of the Attorney General for a potential show cause hearing.

The ABRA Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board also held a fact-finding hearing during their December 13 meeting on the triple shooting outside Indulj on December 3 (Chief Lanier Shuts Down Indulj for 96 Hours Following Triple Shooting). The Board set a status hearing on the case for March 6. Indulj was allowed to reopen on December 7.

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by Borderstan.com December 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm 0

"gun robbery"

Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

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

The Metropolitan Police Department arrested a suspect in two robbery incidents Monday night, according to a message from Police Service Area 305 Lieutenant Daniel Harrington.

The first incident was an attempted robbery just before 11 pm Monday night in the 1400 block of W Street NW. While officers were investigating that case, an officer in the 1400 block of Euclid Street NW was notified that a robbery had just occurred nearby. Officers located the suspect in that incident and after an investigation, the suspect was arrested for both incidents.

Anyone with more information in these cases is asked to call MPD at 202-727-9099.

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by Borderstan.com December 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm 1,303 0

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

"Phones"

Disable your stolen phones. (Luis Gomez Photos)

DC Mayor Vincent Gray and Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Chief Cathy Lanier announced a new initiative Monday encouraging victims to disable stolen cellular phones. The process, known as “bricking,” allows the provider to block the stolen phone from being reactivated.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been working with law enforcement and major wireless providers to use “bricking” as a way to tackle the theft and black market resale of smartphones (FCC Announces Plan with Mexico to Address Cell Phone Theft).

Gray and Lanier introduced a new DC website, http://brickit.dc.gov, which includes information from the FCC on how to report a stolen cell phone and tips from MPD on preventing robberies and thefts.

Lanier reminded citizens to remain aware of their surroundings during the holidays and not become distracted by phones and other electronic devices. She pointed out that many robberies in the District involve the theft of cell phones. MPD also has a website with other winter holiday safety tips.

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by Borderstan.com December 4, 2012 at 8:00 am 2,667 6 Comments

"Shooting"

U Street NW: A passer by looks inside Indulj after it was closed by DC Police Chief  Cathy Lanier. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier has shut down Indulj Restaurant and Lounge following a triple shooting outside the establishment early Monday morning (3 Men Hit in 12:30 AM Shooting, 1200 Block of U Street NW).

Three men were shot near the entrance to Indulj at 1208 U Street NW just before 12:30 am. The shooting occurred after a dispute inside the restaurant and lounge, according to police. One man was shot in the back, one in the leg, and one in the shoulder. The injuries are not believed to be life threatening, and all three men were conscious and breathing at the scene. Police said a white Ford or Chevy was seen leaving the scene, but it is not clear if the shooting was a drive-by.

Indulj was hosting musical group L.O.U.D. (Living Our United Dream) Sunday evening from 8 pm to 1 am, according to Facebook.

Indulj released a statement on Facebook Monday night and noted that the “management team remains committed to providing a secure venue for the mature and upscale events that our patrons have come to expect and enjoy. We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation.”

"Shooting"

Closed sign at Indulj. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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.”

The closing went into effect at 6pm Monday, although Indulj is already closed on Mondays. The date for Indulj’s hearing before the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board has not been announced, although the Board has a regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday. The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) is currently conducting its own investigation and can decide whether the business will remain closed beyond Friday.

Lanier has previously used her authority under the Emergency Suspension of Liquor Licenses Act of 2005 to close Heritage India, Mood Lounge and Tabaq Bistro after violent incidents. All three establishments later reopened after hearings before the ABC Board.

In a listserv message, Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) called for additional police patrols for U Street NW. He asked U Street business owners to join together and participate in the Reimbursable Detail Officer (RDO) program, which allows bar and restaurant owners to split the cost of hiring extra off-duty police officers with ABRA. Business owners on the 1900 block of 9th Street NW currently participate in the program and fund two extra officers on the block Friday and Saturday nights from midnight until 4 am (New Police Patrols Coming to 1900 Block of 9th Street NW).

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