For Borderstan, fourth-quarter violent crime (October through December) is down 40% in 2008 while property crimes increased 24% in 2008 from 2007 in the same period. The big fourth-quarter increases are in thefts from autos and stolen autos. Overall, the fourth-quarter crime rate for Borderstan rose 13% in 2008 from the fourth quarter of 2007. However, the overall rate is still 15% below that of 2006.
This article,”Rise in Young Killers Worries D.C.,” appeared in yesterday’s Washington Post:
Even in a year in which the homicide numbers barely budged, D.C. police and prosecutors see signs that don’t bode well for the future: an increase in younger killers, apt to open fire on crowded city streets, who could not care less about the damage they cause. Many young suspects put their heads down and even try to sleep during interrogations, according to D.C. homicide detectives. Others seem cold inside, with no sense of reality.
The reward for information in the Durval Martins murder at 11th and Q NW last Tuesday has been upped to $50,000 from $25,000. Also… the Washington Blade has a story on the Martins family appeal for help in solving the murder of Durval Martins.
East Borderstan now has an assigned foot patrol officer for the evening shift, according to George Kucik, MPD Third District Commander. His name is Officer Fred Fritts and he will focus on 14th and 15th Streets NW, paying paticular attention to the 1400-block of R Street NW. East Borderstan is east of 15th and part of Police Service Area (PSA) 307. Kucik says that Fritts will work closely with the patrols that are already on the beat in West Borderstan/PSA 208.
What are Borderstan crimes? They are crimes that occurred within 1,000 feet (circular pattern) of 15th and Corcoran Streets NW (center of Borderstan). You can view November 2008 Borderstan crime stats on this map. (more…)
One of the most outspoken neighborhood bloggers is the guy (I don’t know his name) who does “Off Seventh: My Chronicles of Shaw.” His postings are nothing if not blunt, honest and to-the-point; he often eviscerates D.C. elected officials. You may disagree with him, but you never have to guess where he stands on an issue concerning Shaw or D.C. (more…)
Got this report today from PSA 208… another armed robbery in the area:
9:25 p.m.: Armed Robbery (Gun): 1442 U Street, NW (Sunoco Gas Station)
- Details: Reporting person reports for complainant (1) Sunoco Gas Station, that a lone suspect entered the above location displaying a dark colored semi-automatic handgun after “scouting out” the establishment and employees as they changed shifts. The suspects entered the cashier’s booth and took approximately $500 taken from two cash register tills. The suspect then fled the establishment on foot, making good his escape in an unknown direction with the aforementioned property.
- Lookout: Lookout is for a B/M, early 30’s, 5’6″ tall, dark complexion, thin build, wearing a black coat, blue jeans and light brown (tan) boots armed with a black semiautomatic handgun. Officer Curry, G., badge #2491 reporting. 2125 hours, CCN: 170-786, 2D PSA 208.
WJLA-Channel 7 did a segment on last night’s 11 p.m. news about the gun crimes/robberies on Borderstan’s 15th Street and around Dupont Circle: “Armed Robberies on the Rise Near Dupont Circle.” They sent a camerman and reporter to 15th and R NW and filmed “man on the street” interviews with passersby. The video is available online. (more…)
The Judiciary Committee of the D.C. Council holds a public hearing at noon this Friday, December 5, on Mayor Adrian Fenty’s crime bill. The hearing is at the John A. Wilson Building and members of the public can sign up to provide testimony and/or submit written statements (details follow). Fenty introduced Bill 17-951, the “Omnibus Anti-Crime Amendment Act of 2008” on October 6.
The crime bill has eight different sections. However, the Friday public hearing will deal with only three portions of the bill: penalties and sentencing related to gun crimes; establishment of anti-gang provisions; and establishment of certain witness protection provisions. (more…)
Incident 1: Robbery with a Gun, 1900-block of S Street NW
- Date, Time & Location: Thursday, November 27, at 1:30 a.m., on the 1900-block of S Street NW.
- Details: Complainant reports he was walking in the block when the suspect approached him from the rear, pointed a silver colored gun at him and demanded his property. Suspect fled on foot. Police believe there may be a connection between this crime and the street robbery that occured about 75 minutes earlier at 1617 15th Street in Borderstan.
- Lookout: Lookout for a black male, 19 years of age, 6’0″, medium complexion, wearing a blue-white skull cap, dark coat, carrying a silver gun.
Incident 2: Assault with Intent to Rob, 1800-block of R Street NW
- Date, Time & Location: Saturday, November 22, at 11 p.m., on the 1800-block of R Street NW.
- Details: Complainant reports he was walking in the block when he was approached by two suspects and was punched. The suspects fled on foot, eastbound on R Street.
- Lookout: Lookout is for two black males, 15- to 17-years old, 5’11”, 165 to 170 pounds wearing black coats.
Incident 3: Robbery Force & Violence, 1800-block of T Street NW
- Date, Time & Location: Saturday, November 22, at 10:40 p.m., at 1800-block of T Street NW.
- Details: Case closed with arrest of three suspects. The complainant reports he was walking in the block and was approached from behind by three suspects. All three suspects knocked the complainant to the ground and started punching him. The suspects fled on foot and were apprehended by Officer Mike Smith, PSA 208. The complainant was treated at George Washington Hospital for his injuries.
- Three Arrested: Arrested were one adult and two juveniles. The adult is identified as Joshua Fortson, Black Male, DOB: 7/24/89. His address of record is 1119 Stevens Road SE. The two juveniles arrested are 15- and 17-years old and live in the vicinity of the arrested adult suspect; their names cannot be released because they are juveniles.
Incident 4: Robbery Force & Violence, 1700-block of Swann Street NW
- Date, Time & Location: Tuesday, November 11, at 6 p.m., 1700-block of Swann Street NW.
- Details: Complainant reports while walking in the block a group of six males jumped him from behind and began punching him. The complainant sustained a laceration to his forehead and was treated at George Washington University Hospital.
- Lookout: A general lookout was provided for six black males in their late teens to early ’20s.
Incident 5: Assault with Intent to Rob, 18th & New Hampshire NW
- Date, Time & Location: Monday, November 10, at 12:10 a.m., at 18th Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW.
- Details: Female complainant reports she was walking in the block when two suspects approached her from behind and pushed her to the ground. The suspects attempted to grab the complainant’s bag, but fled before taking possession of it. The suspects fled on foot northbound on 18th Street.
- Lookout: Lookout is for two black males, 15- to 16-years old, 5’7″ to 5’8″, 140 pounds, wearing blue jeans and dark coats.
Arrest Made in Theft from Auto
PSA 208 officers made an arrest in a Theft from Auto case on November 27 in the 1600-block of O Street NW. The suspect is identified as Reginald Teneyck, 52-years old, no fixed address.
The MPD has announced the results of last weekend’s all hands on deck policing effort:
Nov. 25-Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier announced today results of the citywide All Hands on Deck (AHOD) Phase IV, which began at 6 am Friday, November 21, and continued through 6 am on Sunday, November 23, 2008. This AHOD was a citywide effort involving various DC government agencies including the Department of Human Services, Department of Public Works, and the Department of Employment Services among other agencies that followed up with clients already in their systems and made referals to address residents’ needs throughout the city.
The following report for November 18 is from the MPD Second District Yahoo! Groups listserv. You can sign up for emails on this listserv. Following are crimes for PSA 208; East Borderstan (east of 15th Street NW) is part of PSA 208.
PSA 208 Summary Crime Report
- Assault occurred in the 1200 block of Connecticut Ave. NW on 11/15/2008 between 2:25-2:30 am. Citizen reports he was assaulted following a verbal altercation. CASE CLOSED with the arrest of an Asian male, 26 years of age.
- Burglary occurred in the 1700 block of R St. NW between 11/15/2008 6 pm-11/17/2008 6:45 am. Citizen reports the premises entered with force and cash was stolen from the office.
- Theft occurred in the 2000 block of L St. NW on 11/15/2008, 10 am-2 pm. Citizen reports cell phones were stolen from the store by unknown suspect.
- Theft occurred in the 1500 block of K St. NW on 11/17/2008 between 3-3:10pm. Citizen reports that a wallet, cash and credir cards were stolen from an office when left unattended.
- Attempted Theft occurred in the 2100 block of M St. NW on 11/17/2008 at 5:38 am. Citizen reports the suspect, a black male, 5’7, 150 lbs. went behind the counter of the store and attempted to steal cash. Suspect fled without property when the clerk returned.