The Metropolitan Police Department’s leading officer for the U Street corridor and the area’s surrounding neighborhoods is set to step down this weekend after four months at the helm.
Commander Jeffery Carroll of MPD’s Third District will become the leader of the department’s Special Operations Division. Before becoming the district’s top cop in September, he served in the Special Operations Division, among other MPD postings.
Inspector Stuart Emerman will take over for Carroll. Emerman currently serves as the commanding officer of MPD’s Tactical Information Division, which handles the department’s criminal intelligence work.
MPD is taking nominations online until Friday for its Community-Oriented Policing Award for service in 2015.
“Do you know a member of the Metropolitan Police Department who provided outstanding police service and/or truly exemplifies community oriented policing?” the police department’s website says. “If so, let us know!”
The presentation of the award is scheduled for March 3.
Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a 74-year-old man who is missing from Washington Hospital Center near Howard University and may need medical attention.
John Matthews was last seen at the hospital at 110 Irving St. NW yesterday.
Matthews is described as a black man with black hair, approximately 5-feet 6-inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. He’s also missing two fingers on each hand — the ring and middle on the right, and ring and index on the left.
He was last seen wearing blue jeans, grey slip-on shoes and a Washington Redskins beanie hat.
Police are asking the public in the area to be on the lookout for Matthews and be aware he may require medical attention.
Any information or tips about his location can be called in to 202-576-6768 or texted to 50411.
Photo via Metropolitan Police Department
The Metropolitan Police Department is searching for one person of interest in a late-night Christmas Eve burglary on the 1300 block of Connecticut Avenue NW.
A surveillance camera in the establishment caught the suspect on video taking what appears to be bottles of liquor and other alcohol from a storage room.
The incident occurred around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday evening. Police did not specify if the subject in the video is also suspected of breaking and entering or if anyone else was in the establishment at the time.
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.
Cops based at a Metropolitan Police Department station near Meridian Hill Park are trying to help local families get the food they need to celebrate Thanksgiving.
The officers at 1620 V St. NW are looking for donations of canned yams, cranberry sauce, soup, stuffing and other non-perishable foods as part of MPD’s annual Food 4 Families campaign, according to the Adams Morgan Business Improvement District.
Donors can drop off their food at the station’s front desk.
Photo via Flickr/Fernando Mafra
(Updated at 2:20 p.m.) A man was shot and killed in Shaw early this morning.
Police said that 28-year-old Reginald Perry of Northwest D.C. was shot on the 1700 block of 8th Street NW at 2:21 a.m.
Although Perry was rushed to a local hospital from the scene, said police, he succumbed to his injuries.
Police did not provide a description of any possible suspects.
In other crime news, authorities said a man was stabbed on the 900 block of U Street NW at 2:40 a.m.
Police also said two men were stabbed on the 1300 block of U Street NW early this morning.
Authorities did not provide a description of any possible suspects or more information about either crimes.
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.
The Masjid Muhammad mosque at 1519 4th St. NW was one of several mosques and Islamic community centers across the country warned by law enforcement of possible protests. The protests are being planned by a group calling itself Global Rally for Humanity, which argues that Islam presents a threat to all of humanity. The group had rallies scheduled for this weekend in 20 cities in the U.S.
The D.C. rally was scheduled to take place at Masjid Muhammad mosque Friday or Saturday, but the Facebook event for the rally has been deleted. Sultan Muhammad, a spokesperson for the mosque, said that he’s not sure if the rally will still be held, but are working with local and federal officials to bolster security in preparation for possible protests.
“The most recent update that I have to get clarified is that the list of sites where the protests are scheduled has diminished, but we don’t know which places,” Muhammad said this afternoon. “For us, we’re going to remain in heightened awareness in regards to the protest here.”
Earlier today, the mosque posted on its Facebook page warning that a demonstration could take place at any time on Friday or Saturday.
“Imam Talib SHareef and the MM Board of Advisors urge all members and visitors to avoid any contact and/or confrontation with these demonstrators,” the notice said. The post also acknowledged that the protestors will likely be trying to provoke a reaction from the congregants.
The Center for New Community, a Chicago-based organization that tracks racist and nativist movements in the U.S., and which has been monitoring the Rally for Humanity events, said on its website that a demonstration in the District is possible but not confirmed.
There is a separate anti-Muslim rally planned for the National Mall on Saturday as a counter to the rally commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Million Man March. More than 100 people have joined a Facebook event for that protest.
Muhammad said that the mosque has been contacted by many neighbors and other faith groups in the area offering any assistance with handling the protests. He added that whether or not there is a demonstration, the planned one gives members of the mosque congregation an opportunity to reflect on how to best approach anti-Islamic sentiment.
“In any event, these kind of situations always are a good education tool for our younger folks to see how we handle things in a less aggressive manner and good opportunities to teach people how to properly address these things,” he said.
Photo via Facebook/ Masjid Muhammad DC
(Updated at 9:31 a.m. Tuesday) D.C. police have reopened a stretch of M Street NW a suspicious package was reported at the U.S. Post Office at 1800 M St. NW.
The post office reopened for normal business this morning. An employee at the post office said this morning that workers “felt lightheaded” but were not sickened or injured last night.
Authorities said the situation was all clear around 5:50 p.m. yesterday evening and reopened M Street NW between 18th and 19th streets NW shortly thereafter.
Two officers on the scene reported earlier that several people may have been sickened by exposure to the package, but D.C. Fire officials said last night that no toxic material was found at the scene, and added that nobody was transported to the hospital.
Suspicious Package investigation @ 1800 blk of M Street has concluded – no toxic material found.
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) September 21, 2015
Hazmat personnel were seen setting up a large tarp earlier yesterday afternoon, but rolled it up and placed it back in the truck around 5:50 p.m.
(Updated at 7:29 a.m.) A car fire closed both lanes on the 1500 block of 14th Street NW earlier today, say D.C. Police.
Traffic Advisory/Vehicle Fire in the 1500 blk of 14th St NW/Street Closure on 14th from P to Q St NW.
— DC Police Traffic (@DCPoliceTraffic) September 3, 2015
Police say the scene was cleared around 7:30 a.m.
Image via Google Street View
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.
(Updated at 9:35 a.m.) D.C. Police closed a portion of 17th Street NW to investigate a suspicious package earlier today.
The 2000 block of 17th Street NW, located between U and V streets NW, was closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic for a little over a half hour, said D.C. Police officials.
Police have since cleared the scene and reopened that portion of the street.
Police say a man approached the victim and shot him around 3:30 a.m.
The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police are urging anyone with information related to the shooting to contact the Third District Detective’s office at 202-673-6918.
(Updated at 2:40 p.m.) Police say two men and two women were stabbed in a domestic dispute that occurred Sunday night on the 1400 block of T Street, close to the bustling 14th and U street corridors.
The alleged assailant has been identified as 70-year old Manuel Antonio Ramos, of Northwest D.C.
Police confirmed this morning the attack left one woman dead, who they have since identified as 64-year-old Santos Ventura.
Police say one other victim was in critical condition this morning. The other two victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Ramos was apprehended at the scene of the crime and has been charged with first-degree murder while armed.
Photo via Google Street View
MPD is accepting nominations from the public for the Washington DC Police Foundation‘s 10th Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony. The event honors officers who gave “outstanding police service” or exemplified “community-oriented policing” in 2014, according to MPD.
Got a friendly neighborhood police officer you want to nominate? Locals can submit their nominations online until 5 p.m. tomorrow.
This week, May 10-16, is 2009 National Police Week. According to the Web site of National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, “National Police Week, which occurs each year during the week in which May 15 falls, recognizes the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.”
- 30th Annual DC Area Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service on Monday, May 11 at 11 a.m., Metropolitan Police Department Memorial Fountain, 300 Indiana Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. Sponsored by Fraternal Order of Police DC Lodge #1 Auxiliary.
- 21st Annual Candlelight Vigil on Wednesday, May 13 at 8:00 p.m. at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on Judiciary Square (4th Street NW between E Street and Indiana Avenue).
- Full Schedule of Events