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by Borderstan.com — September 25, 2012 at 9:00 am 147 1 Comment

"ANC 1B"

ANC 1B includes most of the U Street corridor. 1B-12 is in the southwest corner. (ANC 1B website, with boundaries in effect for the 2012 election.)

From Tom Hay. Questions for Tom? Send him an email at Tom[AT]borderstan.com. Follow him on Twitter @Tomonswann.

Candidates in the four-way race for Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1B’s Single Member District (SMD) 1B-12 gathered for a forum last week to introduce themselves and give attendees a chance to ask questions. The forum was sponsored by the Shaw Dupont Citizens Alliance (SDCA) and the Meridian Hill Neighborhood Association. (See New Citizens’ Organization Seeks Different Path for 14th and U about SDCA).

The four candidates are Erling Bailey, John Green, Zahra Jilani and Dan Wittels. Organizers also invited Noah Smith, the candidate from neighboring SMD 2B-09 (Dupont) which falls into the boundaries of the SDCA, and is running unopposed for the seat being vacated by 10-year incumbent Ramon Estrada.

New SMD

SMD 1B-12 is a new, additional district for ANC 1B and includes blocks from 12th Street NW to 14th Street and from S to V Streets, plus a panhandle composed of the blocks on the north side of U and south of V Street from 14th to New Hampshire Avenue. Due to a large growth in population in the U Street corridor, ANC 1B-02 was essentially split into two parts to create the new SMD 12. Incumbent Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling is not seeking a full term in ANC 1B-02.

The SMD is home to some high-profile restaurants and landmarks including Ben’s Chili Bowl, the Black Cat, Busboys & Poets, Cafe Saint-Ex and the Lincoln Theater. The area also includes two large residential development; a apartment building currently under construction at 14th and Wallach Place, NW and a proposed apartment at 13th and U on the site of the Rite Aid drugstore.

Forum Topics

Doug Johnson, an SDCA Board Member, moderated the evening and had three pre-arranged questions for the candidates. At the start of the forum Johnson pointed out that candidate Dan Wittels is also a Board Member of the SDCA, but was removed from planning for the forum. Johnson also allowed attendees to ask questions of the candidates.

Questions during the evening covered topics such as experience with DC agencies, communication strategies and views on business development. Responses to questions on business development brought up the topic of the liquor licences and diversity of commerce in the area and highlighted the differing viewpoints of the candidates. The SMD includes the much discussed 14th and Wallach residential building and the JBG hotel-turned-apartment project on the Rite-Aid site at 13th and U Streets, NW.

Borderstan will be sending the candidates additional questions which will be published in the weeks leading up to the election.

The general election is Tuesday, November 6. Check with the DC Board of Election and Ethics for information on registering to vote and voting locations.

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by Borderstan.com — September 19, 2012 at 8:00 am 0

"flooding"

Floridian at Vermont Avenue (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

With yesterday afternoon’s severe weather and heavy rains, many Borderstan residents and business owners were preparing for potential flooding. Previous problems have been in the U Street NW corridor and Florida Avenue NW area.

This summer’s notorious thunderstorms and derechos have impacted several DC neighborhoods, most notably, Bloomingdale (an area of Northwest DC that borders Florida Avenue, Rhode Island Avenue and Howard University). In early September, NBC Washington reported flooded basements, submerged cars and even the rescue of a man trapped in his car due to rising water on Rhode Island Avenue NW.

The flooding incidents in Bloomingdale eventually sparked local political action. Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie requested a relief fund for victims, while Mayor Vincent Gray established a task force to find a solution for the flooding in the neighborhood.

But this summer’s floods were not just limited to Bloomingdale; residents in the Borderstan area experienced similar damage.

According to one local resident who lives in the Rhapsody (at Vermont and Florida Avenues NW), the ground floor of his building flooded twice this summer, most recently over Labor Day weekend. A second resident in the same building confirmed damage from Labor Day weekend’s storm in the ground level, the parking level and the entrance and lobby.

The damage caused by the floods to the Rhapsody building required  water extraction and cleanup. Additionally, the carpets and the floors on the ground level need to be replaced (something the building is still in the process of doing). Two other buildings in the area, including the Floridian and the Beauregard (at 11th and V Streets NW) also had flooding problems this summer.

In response to a phone call yesterday, Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham says he is doing various things in response to the area’s floods, including an engineering inspection at the Rhapsody after the last storm.

“Just today I’ve been on the phone with the General Manager of DC Water, and he has agreed to sandbag both buildings [the Rhapsody and the Floridian],” confirmed Graham. “We’re trying to take immediate action, but we’ve also got to have the results of these engineering studies so that we know where to go from there.”

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by Borderstan.com — September 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm 0

"Izakaya"

Izakaya Seki at 1117 V Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Aparna Krishnamoorthy. Email her at aparna[AT]borderstan.com. Follow her on Twitter @aparnakris.

After a lazy evening spent watching the mouthwatering Jiro Dreams of Sushi (which recently made it to the Netflix Watch Instantly list), I was hungry and decided to go over to the newly opened Izakaya Seki at 1117 V Street NW.

So off I went looking for the red lantern on V Street — the only indication that the place is open! And thankfully it was. Did you know izakayas are sometimes referred to as akachōchin (red lantern) since paper lanterns are traditionally found in front of an izakaya?

The front of Izakaya Seki is nondescript and blends right in to the residential block that it is on. It sits next to the game-changing Tacos El Chilango, so this block is going to get crowded very soon.

They don’t take reservations (for parties less than eight people), and at 7:30 pm on a Wednesday evening, we were told there would be a 40 to 60 minute wait. We gave the hostess a phone number and then went over to American Ice Company which is just a couple of blocks away — 20 minutes later, our table was ready!

Run by a Japanese chef and his daughter, the first floor of the two-level space has 10 stools overlooking Chef Seki’s counter, and the second floor dining area accommodates up to 30 people.

Izakaya Seki’s authentic Japanese menu is exciting and slightly unfamiliar, grouped into sections by cooking method – raw, grilled,fried etc. They offer an extensive sake selection and some basic drinks. No cocktails.

We started off with the sashimi special for the night, which was toro. Fresh, delicious, melt in your mouth toro which was served simply with some sliced zucchini and soy sauce. Next up was the kyona salad — an arugula salad elevated with savory tuna shavings and a slow poached egg that is beaten lightly by the server at the table and then poured over the salad.

Now on to the fried goodness. The cream croquettes with béchamel, crab and corn were sinfully creamy with a distinct flavor of fresh crab and went nicely with the crispness of my unfiltered sake.  The pièce de résistance however was the kushikatsu. Deep fried pork belly and onion. On a skewer. Need I say more?  The meat was perfectly cooked with a crisp panko breading, served with a light teriyaki sauce and mustard. Although the 2 skewers make for a sizeable portion, I did not want to share!

The dish that made my day, however, was the mero grilled with miso – a perfectly grilled sea bass, moist and flaky, served with pickled greens. I will go back just for this. We rounded off the meal with garlic fried rice and wasabi chicken tenders, both of which were very good. Throughout our meal, service was excellent but unobtrusive – my sake glass was never empty and our water was always refilled.

There was so much more on the menu that we wanted to try – the rice balls, fried chicken thighs, and for the more adventurous diner – pork trotters and monkfish liver. The menu is amazing, and I will definitely be going back for more. But for now, I am satisfied with the memory of the pork belly and the sea bass.

Izakaya Seki: The Details

  • Where Am I Going: 1117 V Street NW.
  • When Am I Going: Sunday/Monday/Wednesay/Thursday, 5 to 11pm. Friday and Saturday, 5 pm to midnight. Closed Tuesdays.
  • Paycheck Pain: Small plates cost between $7 to $12.
  • Say What?: Casual atmosphere, but you will be too busy focusing on the food.
  • What You’ll Be Eating: Authentic Japanese bar style food served in small plates.

by Borderstan.com — September 17, 2012 at 8:00 am 0

"Pleasant Pops"

Pleasant Pops owners Brian Sykora and Roger Horowitz. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Samanata von Ende. Follow her at @sammiwise.

Brian Sykora and Roger Horowitz are the new guys in town. Not literally, but their new specialty store, Pleasant Pops, just opened Saturday at its sole location at 1781 Florida Avenue NW, the corner of Florida and California.

Pleasant Pops is the brain child of Sykora and Horowitz, who met their freshman year in college at UNC and who’ve been known around the area the past couple of years for their delicious, seasonal popsicle flavors. Pleasant Pops, which previously served loyal customers out of a food truck, sources local ingredients from DC farmers markets, and has since its founding a few years ago as a single push-cart at those same markets.

When asked about Pops’ success and the principles behind its inception, Sykora remarked that the use of sustainable technology and fresh, local ingredients to make seasonally-rotating flavors seemed “an obvious choice.” Pleasant Pops’ environmental-consciousness — picture compost disposal bins and tablets as cash registers — is a reflection of the founders’ sincere love of the outdoors, and a commitment to sustainability.

Sykora and Horowitz remain committed to these original principles and have exercised this commitment in every aspect of their project. Pleasant Pops may specialize in popsicles but it also sells local, award-winning ceremony coffee, along with local maple syrup, dairy and egg products, nuts, noodles, honey and a slew of other items. Pops is proud of its community backing and is devoted to returning the support. The store boasts furniture, design, signage, and composting materials from local artists and vendors in line with its self-described “local first philosophy.”

Located directly next to a capital bikeshare station, Pleasant Pops is an enticing option for a late summer cool down. The restaurant offers ample indoor and outdoor seating and serves up salads and sandwiches alongside their specialty popsicles. Definitely make sure to get what you have come for though. Try the peach and ginger or cinnamon vanilla peach for fresh, straightforward, delectable complexity. It is like being suddenly transported to all of your favorite ages, all at once, in your mouth. Amazing. And an obvious choice.

Pleasant Pops is open seven days a week. For more information, visit www.pleasantpops.com.

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by Borderstan.com — August 17, 2012 at 8:00 am 2 Comments

"Burgalries"

One of the suspects in the burglaries of Vinoteca. (Metropolitan Police Department)

DC Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying at least two suspects in connection with three burglaries of Vinoteca Wine Bar on the 1900 block of 11th Street NW. The burglaries occurred on Friday, August 3, Thursday, August 9, and Tuesday, August 14. The 1900 block of 11th Street is the first block south of U Street NW.

One suspect is described as a black male, late 40s to early 50s, wearing a dark short sleeve shirt, light colored shorts, light-colored sneakers with black tongues, and eyeglasses.

"Suspect"

One of the suspects in the burglaries of Vinoteca. (Metropolitan Police Department)

The other suspect is described as a black male in his late teens to early 20s, wearing a light-colored T-shirt with partially visible lettering 4AR and dark-colored shorts.

Anyone with information about this case should call the police at (202) 727-9099. Anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s Text Tip Line by text messaging 50411.

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by Borderstan.com — August 9, 2012 at 10:00 am 2 Comments

"Swagger Jacking"

The intersection of 14th and U Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com. 

Swagger Jacking: It’s a phrase that has popped up on several DC blogs this week. So what does it mean, exactly?

Well the phrase, used by Stephen A. Crockett Jr. on The Root DC, alludes to the social, economic and cultural shifts that are taking place in the District. More specifically, Crockett uses “swagger jacking” to describe the sense of “faux black ethos” that is running amuck on the U Street Corridor.

What was once the cultural center of Chocolate City (the name for DC a couple of decades ago when it had a large African American majority) is now home to loft apartments, high rent prices, chic restaurants and restored theaters — that all pay homage to the past in an ironically expensive way. To sum it up, today’s U Street is a trendy misrepresentation of the area’s history.

Crockett writes, “There is something inherently inauthentic about homemade sweet tea out of a mason jar,” referring to a U Street restaurant that emulates “some memory of blackness.”

Change is an inevitable fact of life; a fact to which urban areas are especially prone. Cities will continue to experience on-going social and economic shifts as races and cultures migrate and populate different city neighborhoods.

City Paper writer, Alex Baca, points out that many of the buildings in the U Street area (specifically The Brixton, the target of Crockett’s article) have been vacant and decrepit for years. Now, the U Street Corridor is one of the city’s most vibrant and desirable places to live and visit. Undoubtedly, it is also one of the city’s most lucrative areas, generating both revenue and jobs for the District.

“Crockett’s just saying what we already know: DC isn’t what it used to be,” writes Baca.

So then, what?

As the racial, cultural and economic dynamics of the city change, do we just rebuild and erase all of the District’s history? Is some preservation better than no preservation? Or is what is happening along U Street more exploitation and less preservation as we continue to swagger jacket our way into a bustling neighborhood?

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by Borderstan.com — August 2, 2012 at 2:08 pm 0

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

DC Police are asking for assistance in identifying the suspects in two recent armed robberies of 7-Eleven stores in the area. Police have not announced whether the two cases may be related.

"Cocaine Borderstan Crime"

Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

In the first incident, the 7-Eleven at 1622 7th Street NW, near the Shaw-Howard University Metro station, was robbed by two masked men at about 5:30 am the morning of July 24. MPD has posted a video with surveillance footage from the armed robbery. No one was injured but the suspects did take money from the store’s cash register.

The 7-Eleven at 1115 U Street NW was also robbed by two masked men in an incident early Tuesday morning (see U Street Gun Robbery: 7-Eleven Robbed by Masked Gunmen). The two suspects stole money from the register and then fled in an unknown direction. No injuries were reported.

According to a news release from the Police, the suspects are described as “a black male in his early 20s, 5’11-6’0 tall, slim build, dark complexion, last seen wearing a full mask, gray jeans and a gray shirt,” and “black (unknown sex) in their early 20s, 5’6″ tall, slim build, medium to light complexion and last seen wearing a face mask, blue jeans and dark hooded shirt.” MPD also posted a photo of the two suspects — although identifying them may be difficult as both are masked.

Update:  Police have now also released a video with surveillance footage from the U Street 7-Eleven robbery.

Anyone with information in either of the robberies is asked to call MPD investigators at 202-727-9099. MPD offers rewards of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest in a robbery case.

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by Borderstan.com — August 1, 2012 at 10:10 am 0

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

"Cocaine Borderstan Crime"

Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

The 7-Eleven at 1115 U Street NW was robbed at gunpoint by two masked men early Wednesday morning, August 1. The gun robbery occurred at about 4:30 am. The suspects were both described as black males, one wearing a gray shirt and dark pants and the other wearing a dark shirt and dark pants.

A tweet from the MPD (@DCPoliceDept) confirmed that it was the 7-Eleven: “3D ROBBERY (7-11) 12TH & U ST NW/LOF B/M GRAY SHIRT, DK PANTS, DK COMPLEX, MASK/B/M DARK SHIRT AND PANTS, MASK, DK COMPLEX/5269.”

This gun robbery follows a shooting near the 7-Eleven early Saturday morning, July 28. In that incident, two women were shot and sustained non-life threatening injuries (see Early Saturday Morning Shooting on 1200 block of U Street NW). Two women were also shot the prior weekend in the 1100 block of U Street NW on July 21 (see Update on Early Saturday Morning Shooting, 1100 Block of U Street NW). In addition, there was a a gun robbery at 11th and U Streets NW at 1:44 am on Sunday, July 8.

Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) reported that a low-caliber weapon that police initially believed was a BB gun was used in the July 28th shooting. According to comments he made to the The Washington Post, Graham does not believe the two shooting incidents are related. He noted the most recent shooting was particularly troubling, because the two women shot were bystanders that did not appear to be the intended targets. Graham tweeted Monday that he was on U Street “talking about what we need to do to reduce crime.”

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by Borderstan.com — July 28, 2012 at 8:59 am 1 Comment

"Gun Robbery on U Street corridor"

Crime news from the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

A U Street shooting left two women with non-life threatening injuries early this morning, Saturday, July 28. Two women were shot on the 1200 block of U Street around 1 am. According to DC Police Third District Captain Aubrey Mongal, “Two adult females were shot by an unknown shooter or shooters, both with non-life threatening injuries.”

If you have information about the shooting, please call 911 with Event #I20120376392.

Details from the Police Alert: “SHOOTING 0103 HOURS 1200 BLK U STREET NW NO LOOKOUT GIVEN AT THIS TIME DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT I20120376392. Sent on: 07/28 01:23″

A tweet from the DC Police on Twitter (@DCPoliceDept) around the same time said, “3D Shooting //1200 blk U Street NW // (2) A/F shot //1 in the face 1 in the neck //both conscious & breathing //6559″

The incident follows a shooting on the 1100 block of U Street NW last Saturday morning , July 21,around 2:45 a.m. The DC Police details from that shooting noted that “there were apparently two groups of males arguing. Moments later, gunshots were heard and two adult females were found suffering from single gunshot wounds to the leg. Officers were able to respond and recover one handgun from the area and place three males under arrest in connection to the weapon.” On July 23, The Washington Post published more details on the shooting with information on the arrests.

In addition, there was a a gun robbery three weekends ago at 11th and U Streets NW at 1:44 am on Sunday, July 8.

Number of Gun Crimes in Area

According to the MPD crime database, there have been four gun crimes within a 500-foot radius of 12th and U Streets since the beginning of  the year (two robberies and two assaults with a gun through July 26). Over the past 12 months, there have been six gun crimes (robberies and assaults involving a gun) in the same defined area. The overall number of violent crimes for the past 12 months (27) in the area  is the same as the previous 12-month period.

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by Borderstan.com — July 21, 2012 at 7:44 am 1 Comment

"Gun Robbery on U Street corridor"

Crime news from the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

Update: DC Police have released more information on the Third District listserv about the Saturday, July 21, shooting on the 1100 block of U Street NW:

“At approximately 2:45 this morning [Saturday, July 21] in the area of 11th and U Street NW,  there apparently were two groups of males arguing. Moments later, gunshots were heard and two adult females were found suffering from single gunshot wounds to the leg. Officers were able to respond and recover one handgun from the area and place three males under arrest in connection to the weapon. If anyone has information related to the argument, shooting or the weapon or weapons used, we encourage you to call (202) 727-9099 or email me directly at aubrey.mongal[AT]dc.gov. – Captain Aubrey P. Mongal”

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Details are few, but according to a DC Police Alert, there was a shooting on the 1100 block of U Street NW at 2:42 am Saturday morning, July 21. A tweet from the DC Police Department around 3:30 am says  that an adult female was shoot in the leg and that an adult male was grazed in the leg.

Details from the Police Alert: “SHOOTING_0242 HRS_1100 BLK U ST NW_NO LOOKOUT! DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #i20120363699,”

This morning’s shooting follows a gun robbery two weekends ago at 11th and U Streets NW at 1:44 am on Sunday, July 8. According to the MPD crime database, there have been two gun crimes within a 500-feet radius of 11th and U Streets since the beginning of  the year (through July 19). Over the past 12 months, there have been four gun crimes (robberies and assaults involving a gun) in the same area.

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by Borderstan.com — July 8, 2012 at 7:11 am 0

"Gun Robbery on U Street corridor"

Crime news from the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

There was a gun robbery at shortly before 2 am this morning, Sunday, July 8, at 11th and U Streets NW.

Details from the Police Alert: “Robbery (Gun) 0144 hrs 11th & U St NW LOF: B/M, 20-22 years, 5’11”, dk complx, red/wht sht, red/blk/wht baseball cap L/S west on V St.  DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20120339631. Sent on: 07/08 02:12.”

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by Borderstan.com — June 28, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

"Eatonville"

Eatonville  is at 14th and V Streets NW. (Sarah Lipman)

From Sarah Lipman. You can email her at sarah[AT]@borderstan.com.

A good and greasy piece of fried chicken has been known to melt my heart. So admittedly, Eatonville is my kind of place.

Inspired by Zora Neale Hurston and named for her Florida hometown, Eatonville delivers dependably delicious southern cooking. Bold, bright murals cover the walls, and chintzy touches such as scattered rocking chairs set the southern ambiance.

With a mix of Motown greats like Marvin Gaye playing in the background, we started our meal off right with a couple of cocktails. On the sweeter side, cocktails at Eatonville have funky names like “Daisy Lemonade” and “Grown and Sexy,” the latter of which I almost ordered just for the fun of it.

An order of the honey-cornbread muffins served with sweet whipped butter is a must; an order of four muffins costs only $2. While unfailingly southern, the menu does feature a shocking number of healthy options, such as cauliflower and goat cheese spinach salad, vegan gumbo, and pan-fried tofu with mushrooms. That being said, if you’re here, I say go for it — if it has “fried” in the name or description, it’s almost certainly tasty.

The fried green tomato starter is served with avocado and has a surprisingly spicy kick of oil. Southern fried chicken arrives on a plate chock-full of collard greens, mac and cheese and a buttermilk biscuit. Other stand-out entrées include:

  • Catfish and grits, which featured fish, which was at the same time flaky and crispy, and cheesy jalapeño gruyere grits.
  • Pan-fried pork chop with sweet potato hash and broccolini.
  • Pecan-crusted trout with hoppin’ john (essentially dirty rice).

That southern influence extends to their hospitable service. At the end of a meal I had there, a busboy accidentally removed and tossed a dish my friend wanted to take home. The waiter promptly fixed her a new (slightly smaller) portion of her entrée.

Next up on my list to try at Eatonville — the BGLT sandwich (bacon, fried green tomato, lettuce).

Eatonville: The Details

  • Where Am I Going: 2121 14th Street NW (at V Street)
  • When Am I Going: Eatonville is open Monday-Thursday, 11:30 am to 11 pm; Friday, 11:30 am to midnight; Saturday, 10 am to midnight; Sunday, 10 am to 11 pm. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 3 pm.
  • Paycheck Pain: Starters are all under 10 bucks, entrees $21 and under, and sandwiches in the $9-$13 range. Cocktails will set you back about 10 bucks.
  • Say What?: You can clearly hear both your dining party and the great tunes with ease.
  • What You’ll Be Eating: Down-home, feel-good, southern cookin.’

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by Borderstan.com — June 26, 2012 at 11:29 pm 0

Crime news from the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

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

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) made arrests in two separate cases in the Third District Tuesday evening, June 26. A victim was stabbed in the 1800 block of 7th Street NW at about 8:45 pm. MPD made three arrests in the case. No information on the arrestees was immediately available. The victim’s injuries were described as minor.

MPD also arrested a suspect earlier in the evening in a robbery case. According to a post on the MPD’s Third District listserv, a woman was walking near 15th and R Streets NW at about 7 pm when a man on a bicycle grabbed her bag.

After a brief struggle, the man fled the scene with the victim’s bag. The Third District Crime Suppression Team searched the area for the suspect and found him hiding in an alley in the 1400 block of 11th Street NW. He was identified by the victim and arrested for robbery (force and violence).

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by Borderstan.com — June 24, 2012 at 8:35 am 0

Crime news from the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

There was a gun robbery at 10 pm on Saturday, June 23, at 8th Street and Florida Avenue NW. According to the police report, the two suspects were on bicycles. The crime occurred just one block from the busy U Street corridor; U Street morphs into Florida Avenue east of 9th Street NW.

There was another gun robbery on June 16 around 5:30 pm just one block north, at 8th and V Streets NW; see Update: Arrest Made in 5:30 PM Gun Robbery at 8th and V NW.

For the area around 9th and Florida NW (within a 500-foot radius), DC Police stats show that the number of gun robberies year-to-date for 2012 is up from last year: four so far this year compared to two last year during the same period. Year to date, the number of robberies not involving a gun in this same area is unchanged from last year: there have been eight since January 1, the same as 2011.

Details from the Police Alert: Robbery Hold Up Gun. 3052 CONFIRMED A Robbery Hold Up Gun_2203 hours_8th St NW and Florida Ave NW _LOF 2 B/M riding bicycles one with black pants one with blue pants with masks DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20120310720. Sent on: 06/23 22:30.”

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by Borderstan.com — June 19, 2012 at 10:26 pm 0

Crime news from the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

There was a gun robbery round 9:40 pm Tuesday, June 19 on the 1100 block of T Street NW.

Details from the Police Alert: Robbery (Gun) 2138 hrs 1100 blk T St NW LOF S1 B/M 20’s, 6’01” sht hair blk t-sht, blk shorts armed w/dk handgun; S-2 B/F, 20’s, heavy, pink top, gry swtpnts, L/S west T St DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20120302918. Sent on: 06/19 22:02

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