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Shooting on 500 Block of Irving Early This Morning

January 24, 2018

Early this morning, MPD responded to a shooting near Irving and Warder streets. Below are the details from their listserv:

The Third District is currently investigating a shooting in the 500 block of Irving Street NW. An adult male has been transported to an area hospital with injuries to the lower extremities. Detectives are on scene.

Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099. Motorists and pedestrians can expect street closures in the area and should avoid the area if possible.”

And on Twitter, the following was shared:

Notes from the January PSA 302/409 Crime Meeting

January 18, 2018

The January PSA 302/409 meeting at the 4Th District Substation on Park Road included some changes and case updates.

The biggest change was that PSA 409 now has a new Lieutenants, Sean Connors, who will be working the evening tour of duty. Prior to his assignment at the Fourth District, he was a sergeant at the Second District for a little over 3 years and an officer assigned to the Sixth District for almost 5 years. Lieutenant Jonathan Munk, who has been serving PSA 409 will be moving to PSA 408 in the Mount Pleasant area.

The meeting began with officers for both the 3rd and 4th Districts reviewing crime statistics and stating that crime is largely down across the board in comparison to last year. While this may be true when considering events in the overall areas represented by the reports, a good amount of time was spent discussing how that isn’t necessarily true for the Park View area which straddles both the Third and Fourth districts along Georgia Avenue.

Residents at the meeting focused the discussion largely on problem properties on the 600 block of Newton Place, NW, and asked about the process for getting a property recognized as a nuisance property. It is the Office of the Attorney General that determines when a property is a nuisance, and the process does take some time, but the officers at the meeting confirmed that they are aware of the properties, working to address them, and patrolling the area regularly.

Regarding the shootings in December, 3D Commander Emerman was at the meeting and shared that an arrest has been made in the double shooting at Georgia and Fairmont that occurred on December 29th. The charge is assault with intent to kill.

Commander Emerman also shared that a second arrest has been made in the shooting that occurred on December 20th on the 600 block of Morton Street.

With regards to shooting cases in the area, the 3rd District Prosecutor of the United States Attorney Office for the District of Columbia asked residents to consider writing community impact statements related to the arrest following the August 25th incident where an individual fired shots down the escalators at the Columbia Heights Metro Station.

At the end of the meeting, Commissioner Boese noted that the 14th Street businesses Jimmy Johns, Jenkins BBQ, Gussini, and Children’s Place are all closed or closing, and asked if the increase in vacant store fronts would impact MPDs police deployment. In response, Commander Emerman stated that this section of 14th Street is already a focus area with high call volume, and the store closings wouldn’t impact their deployment or patrols.

The meeting wrapped up shortly after 8 pm.

Brief Notes from Park View Crime Meeting

January 4, 2018

Last night’s emergency crime meeting organized by Councilmember Nadeau and including Commanders from MPD’s Third and Fourth District was packed to the gills. This is all the more remarkable as the meeting was announced just over 26 hours in advance and scheduled from 6:30-7:00 pm. With over five shootings in Park View since December 24th, it was clear that the community is both angry and concerned about the day-to-day public safety in the community. I also noted that there were community members from Petworth, Columiba Heights, and other nearby neighborhoods in attendance. The image below, from Twitter, gives a good sense of how crowded the Park View Recreation Center was.

While the meeting was scheduled for 30 minutes, it ran long and cut into the regularly scheduled Park View UNC meeting by about 20 minutes.

It was announced at the start that the subject of public safety is important and CM Nadeau recognized that 30 minutes would not be enough time to fully address the issue. Because of this a follow up meeting is expected to be scheduled to continue the discussion.

The overall format of the meeting began with CM Nadeau addressing the assembly, stating what she has been doing and listing the legislation she has been working on to make streets safer, such as her Street Harassment Bill. Following CM Nadeau, Commander Wil Manlapaz (4D) and Commander Stuart Emerman (3D) gave an overview of the recent violent crime in the community, where MPD is on these cases, and what steps they are doing.

On this front, the shootings have been describes as unrelated. In some cases they’ve already made arrests (such as the shooting on the 600 block of Morton Street), and in others the cases are still open. It was also noted that MPD is aware of motives behind some of the shootings, whereas in others there is no known motive at present.

In response, both 3D and 4D have increased their presence in the community with patrol officers, along with members of MPD’s Crime Suppression Teams.

Following MPD’s reports, neighbors were given the opportunity to ask questions. However, due to the time, all questions were asked at the same time with CM Nadeau, Manlapaz, and Emerman then following to answer the questions en mass.

It is difficult to say how successful the meeting was due to the limited opportunity to engage in a deep and robust manner.

Questions and topics ranged from where things are with implementing the NEAR Act (which wasn’t answered due to time), asking MPD leadership and CM Nadeau to specifically state what they were doing to restore community safety, and asking how to break the known cycle of events that occur on the 600 block of Newton Place.

I stated that it is difficult to hear that violent crime is down 28% in the District of Columbia from 2014 through 2017, when the same period for the area 1,500 ft. around 600 Newton Place shows assaults with a violent weapon (gun) up by 42.8%. I followed up that in 2017 the Crime Map application officially reports 10 shootings in Park View, with 4 in December alone, and that to me shootings are essentially failed homicides. In his response to this point, Commander Emerman agreed.

I also strongly advocated for all of Ward 1, and Park View and Columbia Heights in particular, to be in a single police district. Beyond the logistics of deploying officers, one of the results of the divided nature of the neighborhood between two police districts is that residents don’t always know which officers to contact with regards to crime in the community, and we can’t easily get crime statistics for our neighborhood because of the fractured manner with which the neighborhood stats are available. Commander Emerman again stated that there is a new crime data application being developed to replace Crime Map and that it should be easier to use for residents.

I’ve barely touched on all that was said at the meeting. The room was crowded, extremely warm, and the pace was fairly quick. If you were there and have corrections or additions to share, please do so below.

Park View Crime Meeting & Navigating the D.C. School Lottery Wednesday Night, Starting at 6:30 pm

January 2, 2018

Two meetings have been scheduled for Wednesday evening at the Park View Rec Center.

In response to the several shootings that have occurred in the neighborhood over the past three weeks, a crime meeting has been schedule for 6:30. the details are below:

Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau is holding a community meeting tomorrow with the Commanders of the police districts covering Park View to discuss recent shootings in the area and the police response. The meeting will be held before the regularly scheduled Park View UNC meeting tomorrow evening.

What: Community Meeting with MPD about recent shootings in Park View
Who: Councilmember Brianne Nadeau, MPD 3D Commander Stuart Emerman, MPD 4D Commander Wilfredo Manlapaz
When: Wednesday January 3, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Park View Recreation Center (693 Otis Pl NW)

This will be followed by the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Park View UNC, which will focus on the D.C. School Lottery process. The full announcement for the UNC meeting is below:

Are you navigating the DC school lottery for the first time? Are you a successful lottery navigator with advice to share?

Join the Park View United Neighborhood Coalition (UNC) for an informative meeting about the ins and outs of the lottery. A representative from My School DC — the common application/lottery system for all of the District’s public schools, including public charter schools and neighborhood public schools — will be at the event to explain the process and answer questions. Parents and staff from Bruce-Monroe Elementary at Park View will also provide information and answer questions about Park View’s in-bounds elementary school.

All interested neighbors, including kids, are welcome to attend this free and open event at 7 pm on Wednesday, January 3rd. We meet in the Park View Recreation Center at the corner of Warder Street and Otis Place NW, which is walking distance from the GA Ave/Petworth Metro.

Arrest Made in 600 Park Rd/Morton Street Shooting

December 22, 2017

MPD has made an arrest in the Wednesday afternoon shooting that occurred on the 600 block of Morton Street. I congratulate them on their effect and solid police work in this case.

Below is the announcement MPD’s Third District shared on area listservs:

Arrest Made in an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun) Offense: 600 Block of Morton Street, Northwest

(Washington, DC)  – Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Third District announced an arrest has been made in reference to an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun) offense that occurred in the 600 block of Morton Street, Northwest, on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

At approximately 4:23 pm, the victim was attempting to retrieve property that was stolen from his vehicle. While at the listed location, the victim engaged in a physical altercation with several suspects. One of the suspects brandished a handgun and shot the victim.  The victim was transported to an area hospital for a non-life threatening gunshot wound.  The suspect was apprehended by responding officers.  This case remains under investigation.

On Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 23 year-old Michael Muschette, of Northwest, DC, was arrested and charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun).

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 sending a text message to 50411.  Metropolitan Police 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 shooting committed in the District of Columbia.

Two Shootings in Neighborhood Yesterday

December 21, 2017

Yesterday witnessed two daylight shootings in Park View.

The first was reported by MPD at 3:15 pm, when they responded to a shooting in the 600 block of Columbia Road, NW. A victim was shot in the leg and is in stable condition. Police have advised residents to be on the lookout for two suspects: suspect 1 is described as a Hispanic male armed with a silver handgun; suspect 2 is described as a Black male with dread locks. Both suspects were wearing all black clothing. An investigation is ongoing.

The shooting on Columbia Rd was followed by another daylight shooting that occurred about 4:25 pm. In contacting MPD’s Third District, the following information was shared with me: The victim interrupted a theft from auto of his vehicle in the 600 block of Park Rd. He chased the suspects into the 600 block of Morton where an altercation took place. One subject produced a weapon and fired it, striking the victim in the foot. The suspects then fled. The victim was transported to an area hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The following lookout for the Park Rd/Morton Street shooting was shared on Twitter: Confirmed Shooting at 1625 hrs in the 600 block of Park Road, NW. Lookout for (S1) B/M, 20-25 yrs, wearing blue jacket with red stripes and blue jeans (S2) B/M wearing Brown Polo Jacket and a Green Jacket. (S3) B/M. Shot Spotter detected is negative.

Investigations are ongoing for both incidents. Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099.

Week of Early Morning Violent Crime has MPD Focused

November 20, 2017

During the past week there have been three violent incidents located on Georgia Avenue between Newton Place and Otis Place.

I’ve been communicating with MPD on these incidents and confirmed that the area is currently being patrolled and that there are extra officers in the vicinity. I’ve also contacted and am working with ABRA to see if there is an issue here with proper serving of alcohol or any other liquor related violations. This seems possible to me due to the hours of the incidents and the location.

In the earlier hours of Sunday, November 19th, two incidents were reported. The first is a homicide where the victim was shot near 3610 Georgia and was found on Spring Road:

(Washington, DC)  – Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 1000 block of Spring Road, Northwest, on Sunday, November 19, 2017.

At approximately 2:01 am, members of the Fourth District responded to the listed location for the report of an unconscious person.  Upon arrival, officers located an unconscious adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  DC Fire and EMS transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment.  All life-saving efforts failed and the victim was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 25-year-old Christian Isaac Lopez Ramirez, of Northwest, DC.

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 sending a text message to 50411.

The other incident report on Sunday occurred at La Morenita:

At 1:40 this morning an adult male victim was inside of La Morenita at 3539 block of Georgia Ave. NW.  The victim went outside to smoke and asked the suspect for a cigarette.  The male suspect produced a handgun from his waistband and struck the victim in the face with the gun.  The victim fled on foot and flagged down police a short time later.  As a result of the assault the victim was transported to the hospital for a minor injury to his nose.
The lookout for the suspect is a Hispanic male 30-35 years old, 5’6” wearing a blue jacket.

Anyone with information regarding this offense can reach MPD at (202) 727-9099 or text to 50411

The incident at La Morenita is troubling particularly as it was the same location as a violent incident in the early hours of Monday, November 13th, reported below:

At 2:10 this morning 4D units responded to a business establishment in the 3500 block of Georgia Ave. NW for the report of an assault.  The investigation revealed that a female suspect was involved in an argument with a waitress.  The suspect jumped over the counter and began striking the waitress with her fists.  When another waitress attempted to intervene, the suspect grabbed a knife off the counter.  The suspect chased the two waitresses with the knife but they were able to retreat to the bathroom and lock the door.  The suspect went outside and got her male friend.  While they were outside another employee locked the front door of the restaurant.  The male suspect kicked the front door in then both suspects went to the bathroom to try to confront the victims.  The male suspect kicked a hole in the bathroom door but prior to forcing the door all the way open 4D units arrived on the scene and arrested both suspects.  Arrested and charged with ADW knife, threats to do bodily harm and destruction of property were 19 year old Lidia Ventura of Northeast Washington, DC and 28 year old Eric Umana of Northwest Washington, DC.


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