Posted tagged ‘Crime’

Police and Bangs on Georgia Avenue Cause Concern Tuesday Night

December 15, 2016

I received a few emails asking about a police presence and explosions on Georgia Avenue that occurred around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13th, near the intersection of Newton Place, NW. In reaching out, I was able to find out that it was part of an investigation conducted by the ATF in which MPD assisted in executing a search warrant using their Emergency Response Team. The explosions/bangs people heard were the result of flash-bang grenades used as part of the operation.

The investigation is ongoing with no additional specifics at this time.

m6ur1iav(MPD’s Emergency Response Team supporting December 13th ATF search warrant on Georgia Avenue near Newton (Photo courtesy of reader).

Nuisance Property at 805 Rock Creek Church Road is Evicted

December 6, 2016

I’m happy to report that the nuisance property located at 805 Rock Creek Church Road was evicted yesterday. This property has long-been a know problem due to its use as a drug marketplace. Back in March MPD executed a search warrant at the place which resulted in MPD seizing multiple quantities of controlled substances as well as a loaded firearm.  Three adult males were also arrested inside of the location. In September a judge finally granted an eviction for those using the property, and that was carried out yesterday.

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Person of Interest Sought in Burglary: 3500 Block of Georgia Avenue

September 9, 2016

MPD issued the following call for assistance in identifying a person of interest in a burglary on Georgia avenue that occurred on July 24th.

According to the announcement, anyone who has information regarding the case should call police at 202-727-9099.  Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.  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 indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia.

The announcement is below:

Person of Interest Sought in a Burglary Two:
3500 Block of Georgia Avenue, Northwest
 
(Washington, DC) – The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest in reference to a Burglary II offense which occurred in the 3500 block of Georgia Avenue, Northwest, on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at approximately 6:25 am.
The suspect entered an establishment by breaking the front door lock.  Once inside, the suspect took cigarettes then fled the scene.

Shooting on 600 Block of Lamont Street

August 25, 2016

The Third District is currently investigating a shooting that occurred in the 600 block of Lamont Street NW, shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 25th. The adult male victim had what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. MPD issued the following lookout:

Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099 or text to 50411.

Panel Discussion on Understanding Juvenile Justice in D.C. Scheduled for Tonight at Thurgood Marshall Center

April 12, 2016

Tonight the Office of the Attorney General along with ANCs 1A & 1B are hosting a panel discussion on “Understanding Juvenile Justice in the District of Columbia.” The event will be an excellent opportunity for Ward 1 and surrounding residents to learn more about how D.C.’s juvenile justice system works and to hear directly from the professionals who work with the juvenile justice system.

The event will be held at the Thurgood Marshall Center at 1816 12th Street, NW, from 7-8:30 p.m. See flyer below.

Understanding Juvenile Justice

Security Camera Rebates Available for Park View Residents & Businesses

March 23, 2016
CCTV security camera for home protection & surveillance.

CCTV security camera for home protection & surveillance.

Earlier this year, The Private Security Camera Incentive Program, administered by the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants (Office), was established and went into effect. The Program creates a rebate for residents, businesses, nonprofits, and religious institutions to purchase and install security camera systems on their property and register them with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). The program provides a rebate of up to $200 per camera, with a maximum rebate of up to $500 per residential address and $750 for all other addresses. This program is intended to help deter crime and assist law enforcement with investigations (more details here).

If you purchased a security camera after September 22, 2015 , live in the Park View neighborhood, and register your camera with MPD you are eligible for a rebate. The rebate form is located here.

The Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants will give priority consideration to properties, businesses, and religious institutions in the following Police Service Areas (PSA):104, 105, 107, 108, 202, 207, 208, 302, 303, 305, 402, 403, 405, 409, all PSAs in the Fifth Police District, 602, 603, 604, 608, and all PSAs in the Seventh Police District. The good news for those in the Park View area is that the entire neighborhood is in PSA 302 and 409, both of which are priority areas.

Here are the basics (FAQs here).

Who is eligible? How much are the rebates?

  • homeowners and renters – up to $500 (maximum of $200 per camera)
  • businesses – up to $750 (maximum of $200 per camera)
  • non-profit organizations – up to $750 (maximum of $200 per camera)
  • religious institutions – up to $750 (maximum of $200 per camera)

What areas are eligible?

  • the highest crime area in each Ward will receive priority
  • other areas as identified by the Mayor

How much is the total funding available?

  • $500,000

MPD Action on Rock Creek Church Road Leads to Arrests, Closes Nuisance Property

March 15, 2016
805 Rock Creek Church Road, NW

805 Rock Creek Church Road, NW

According to the MPD4D listserv, on Thursday, March 10th, at approximately 4:30 pm, members of the Narcotics and Special Investigations Division, executed a search warrant on the 800 b/o Rock Creek Church Road NW. It was later learned that the property in question was 805 Rock Creek Church Road, a rowhouse type building next to the daycare at 8th and Rock Creek Church Road.

The additional details are from the 4D listserv posting:

“This search warrant was a result of multiple community complaints along with an ongoing MPD investigation.

“This police and community partnership is a classic example of how things get done when we all work together.

“As a result of the warrant,  MPD seized multiple quantities of controlled substances as well as a load firearm.  Three adult males were arrested inside of the location.

“MPD will be working closely with the Office of the Attorney General to further abate this nuisance property.

I wanted to post about this as this is not the first, or likely the last, nuisance property we’ve had in the greater community. A few years ago there was one on the 600 b/o Park Road that was also resolved after collaboration with community members, MPD, and the Office of the Attorney General (OAG). I was aware of the Rock Creek Church Road issue and am also aware of a problem site in Columbia Heights. After talking with those involved with nuisance properties, one thing that was relayed to me is that since MPD’s reorganization of the vice squads last year it is talking longer to gather intelligence, build a case, and address nuisance properties.

I firmly believe that intelligence gathering is a critical component in addressing crime. Certainly, jump out squads were not the answer, but a network of plain clothes officers who know their beats, develop contacts and networks, and have first hand knowledge of the communities they are in seems like a no brainier to me. It would also go a long way in addressing nuisance properties in a more timely manner.


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