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by Tim Regan — August 31, 2015 at 11:00 am 114 0

D.C. Police are seeking two men filmed in connection with a carjacking that occurred in Adams Morgan earlier this month.

Police say two men approached a car near the 1700 block of Columbia Road on Aug. 22 around 5:43 a.m. The two men punched the driver of the car several times then stole the vehicle, say police.

In a video released by police today, two men can be seen shopping at a convenience store. One of the men can be seen wearing a purple hoodie, a white shirt and navy blue pants. The other can be seen wearing a black shirt, jeans and a backpack in the video.

The Department currently offers a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a violent offense, including armed robbery, 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 31, 2015 at 7:25 am 393 0

Police CarTwo 15-year-old boys were arrested after allegedly robbing a man at gunpoint near the Cardozo Education Campus late last night, say D.C. Police.

Police say a man was walking near the intersection of 13th and Clifton streets NW around 11:46 p.m. when he was approached by the two teens. One of the teens flashed a handgun and demanded the man’s property. Police say the man refused, ran away and called 911.

Officers stopped and arrested the two teens “within minutes” and recovered a BB gun.

by Tim Regan — August 29, 2015 at 7:30 am 9,669 6 Comments

2400 18th Street NW

(Updated at 12:33 p.m.) A man was shot in the head along a busy part of 18th Street NW early this morning, say D.C. Police.

Third District Commander Jacob Kishter said by e-mail today the victim of the shooting was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Kishter added this afternoon that the shooting occurred in front of the Amsterdam Falafelshop (2425 18th St. NW) at approximately 2:47 a.m. this morning.

Madam’s Organ owner Bill Duggan said his son heard a single gunshot while bartending on the roof of his business at 2461 18th St. NW.

“We complained earlier to the police that they were all just standing in the street and not patrolling the sidewalk or the area in general,” Duggan added.

Several people took to Twitter this morning to discuss the shooting.

This story will be updated as more information is available.

Image via Google Street View

by Tim Regan — August 28, 2015 at 10:05 am 269 1 Comment

Police CarTwo thieves robbed a man at gunpoint in Petworth earlier this morning, say D.C. Police.

Police say two robbers held a man at gunpoint and stole his bike near the intersection of 14th and Upshur streets NW around 9:13 a.m. today.

The alleged thieves were last seen turning right on 13th Street NW, say police.

by Tim Regan — August 27, 2015 at 1:30 pm 373 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 785 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 132 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 305 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 465 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 3:30 pm 0

Police cars, photo via Flickr.com/MPDPolice and elected officials will meet with members of the community tonight at the Thurgood Marshall Center (1816 12th Street NW) to talk about crime in Columbia Heights, LeDroit Park Shaw and U Street.

During the meeting, members of the community will be able to talk with and learn about crime statistics from police Lieutenant Jonathan Dorrough and ANC 1B-12 commissioner and public safety committee chair John Green.

The meeting will also include a special presentation by ANC 2F Commissioner Charlie Bengel, who made headlines earlier this week by calling on Mayor Muriel Bowser for a new ten-point crime plan.

Photo via Flickr.com/MPD

by Tim Regan — August 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm 426 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 6,708 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 376 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

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