A man slipped into a downtown hotel room and got into bed with a woman without her permission as she slept early yesterday morning, police said.
The encounter occurred in The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center at 1400 M St. NW about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday.
The man didn’t force his way into the room before he laid next to the sleeping woman, according to authorities. But it wasn’t clear how he got in.
The victim awoke when the man started to rub and touch her right arm. The woman began to tussle with the man soon after, and he eventually left the room.
Morris Sherman, 38, was arrested in connection with the incident and charged with burglary.
Emily Barth, a lawyer who is representing him, wasn’t immediately available to comment.
A Westin representative didn’t have an immediate comment.
The crime occurred at the store (1461 P St. NW) just before 6 p.m. yesterday evening, authorities said. An employee at that location said the store was closed but would not comment further when reached by phone last night.
According to a police report we obtained this morning, a man entered the store and asked about getting a job there. He then walked over to the sales counter and wrote something on a yellow post-it note, the report said.
“This is a robbery. Don’t say sh-t,” the note read, according to police.
The man then walked behind the counter and asked a woman who worked there to open the cash register. When the employee said she didn’t know how, the man replied that he had a knife and “will cut you.” He also told the employee that he would kill her if she called police.
The man stole a cash box from the register as well as an iPhone and a driver’s license before fleeing the store, police said.
According to a DC Alert notice, police were on the lookout for a person described as:
B/M, 5’10”, 175 lbs., wearing a white sweatshirt and blue jeans.
The suspect was last spotted buying a Gatorade at the VIDA Fitness on 17th St. NW, according to police.
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The violent attempted robbery happened on the 1300 block of Irving Street NW about 6 p.m. Saturday.
The victim was riding his mountain bike just east of the Columbia Heights Metro station when two men approached him, according to authorities. One of the men then punched the cyclist in his left eye.
“Let me get that bike motherf—-r,” the attacker said, according to police.
A Metro Transit Police Department officer used pepper spray on an uncooperative man who was drinking from a bottle of Courvoisier cognac inside the Dupont Circle Metro station this afternoon, a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority spokeswoman told Borderstan.
The man, whose name hasn’t been released, was acting “disorderly” about 4 p.m., forcing the cop to discharge the pepper spray, WMATA spokeswoman Morgan Dye said.
He was arrested for assaulting a police officer, drinking in public and fare evasion.
The man was brought to a local hospital for treatment. Two other Metro users who were near the spraying were treated on the scene.
A man pulled out a knife at a Dupont Circle gentlemen’s club in a futile attempt to get an exotic dancer to go “upstairs” with him early yesterday morning, according to authorities.
The incident happened at Camelot Showbar at 1823 M St. NW about 1 a.m. Monday.
The entertainer was sitting next to the man at the strip club’s lower-level bar after she performed a dance, police said. The man then flashed his knife, telling the dancer they are “going upstairs,” according to authorities.
The woman told him they weren’t allowed to go there. She eventually got away from him when she left to dance some more.
“When she got up to dance for her next set, she calmly told one of our doormen that the man was carrying a knife and our security team immediately called the police and isolated the customer at the bar until the police arrived a few minutes later and removed him from the club,” said someone with knowledge of the incident, speaking to Borderstan on the condition of anonymity. “She smartly played it cool as not to escalate the situation until she had an opportunity to tell security.”
Police arrested 27-year-old Brett Gonzales and recovered a folding knife in connection with the crime. Information on his lawyer wasn’t immediately available.
Police said the crime occurred on the 1300 block of S Street NW around 9:40 p.m. last night.
“Officers were in the 1300 block of S St. NW when they heard a commotion in the block,” wrote Randy Griffin, a police captain, in an email to the Third District listserv. “The officers investigated and found a victim suffering from multiple lacerations. The officers were able to apprehend the suspect and placed the suspect under arrest.”
Griffin continued: “My gratitude is extended to the officers that were exactly where they needed to be at the appropriate moment for the sake of the victim, the suspect, and the neighboring citizens.”
Police have not yet released the suspect’s name.
We’ll update this story as we know more.
The armed robbery happened at 1250 U St. NW about 1:15 a.m.
Authorities didn’t identify the eatery in a police report. But a Starbucks and &pizza share the address.
A Starbucks manager told Borderstan that an armed thief didn’t hit the coffee shop today. An &pizza representative couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
The assault happened on the 2900 block of 11th Street NW about 7 p.m. Tuesday. The area is about a block south of Tubman Elementary School.
The victim was walking down the block when someone hit him in the head with an unknown object, causing a sizable laceration, according to authorities. He then fell to the ground, where he received a kick to the face.
The man eventually got up and started to fight one of two people near him. The individual who wasn’t fighting the man pulled out a knife soon after.
The person with the knife then tried to stab the man, leaving cuts on his right arm in the process.
The attackers fled not long after.
The aggravated assault happened on the 700 block of Irving Street NW about 6 a.m.
The victim was conscious after the stabbing.
Police haven’t released any suspect information.
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A man suspected of busting into a new bar in Shaw and running off with cash last month has appeared in surveillance footage, according to authorities.
Video police distributed today in connection with the crime shows a man with a bag behind the bar’s counter, fiddling with two cash registers and a cooler.
It wasn’t clear how much money Espita lost. But a police officer reported that the bar had a busted cash drawer and a broken glass door, thanks to a brick.
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 indictment of the person or persons responsible for a serious crime committed in the District of Columbia.
Video via YouTube/MPD
A man suspected of punching and robbing a woman just east of Washington Circle NW last month has appeared in surveillance footage.
The violent robbery occurred in front of the Starbucks at 2175 K St. NW about 10:15 p.m. April 18. Authorities are looking for a man who rode a bicycle up to the woman, hit her during a struggle and fled with her laptop and other belongings.
Video police distributed today in connection with the crime shows a man in an untucked, white-checkered shirt walking in a Metro station.
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. The Metropolitan Police Department 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 robbery force and violence in the District of Columbia.
Video via YouTube/MPD
A thief with a knife threatened to harm two women on the U Street corridor after they attempted to get back the items the individual and an accomplice took from a pharmacy yesterday morning, police said.
The incident happened in front of the CVS at 1000 U St. NW about 10:15 a.m. Monday.
The thieves just had left the pharmacy when the women approached them, according to authorities. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the women worked at the store. But at least one of women saw the thieves stealing soap, lotion and deodorant from the CVS and asked them to return the items.
“If you call the police on me, I’m coming back here for you,” one of the thieves told the women, while flashing a knife, according to police.
The thieves then fled into the east entrance of the U Street Metro station.
Police haven’t released any descriptions of the suspects.
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Donnie Lannett Bean, 47, was behind the wheel of a car when she hit “multiple” pedestrians and vehicles in the first and third police districts on Saturday, May 7, starting at approximately 6:20 p.m., according to authorities.
Several of the collisions occurred near areas packed with Funk Parade attendees. Police charged Bean with “leaving after colliding” offenses at the following locations:
- 900 Block of W St. NW
- 500 Block of Massachusetts Ave. NW
- 2000 Block of 10th St. NW
- 2100 Block of 8th St. NW
- 800 Block of T St. NW
- 2000 Block of Georgia Ave. NW
- 900 Block of Rhode Island Ave. NW
All of the pedestrians hit by Bean sustained non-life threatening injuries, police said. Authorities did not immediately say how many pedestrians Bean allegedly drove into.
The armed robbery happened on the 600 block of Lamont Street NW about 1:45 a.m. Saturday. The area is just east of Georgia Avenue NW.
The woman and a man were walking on the block when three men approached them, according to authorities. The men flashed handguns soon after and ordered the victims to hand over their belongings.
The woman then attempted to put her cellphone in her pocket to hide it. But one of the men told the woman to give it up and provide the passcode, which she said she couldn’t recall.
It wasn’t clear if the woman ultimately gave him the passcode before he and his accomplices fled with the cellphone and other items.
Police haven’t released detailed descriptions of the suspects.
According to authorities, other crime in the Borderstan coverage area since Friday afternoon included:
Authorities responded to a stabbing on the 2000 block of 14th Street NW at approximately 7:19 p.m. last night, just as the annual Funk Parade street festival was winding down.
Police did not say how extensive the victim’s injuries were or provide any details about the suspect.
This story will be updated when we know more.