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MPD Seeks Assistance for Person of Interest in Armed Robbery on Georgia Avenue.

January 10, 2017

MPD is seeking assistance in identifying a person of interest in an armed robbery that occurred on January 5th on the 3200 block of Georgia Avenue. Below is the video followed by the MPD news release.

January 9, 2017
 
Person of Interest Sought in an
Armed Robbery of Establishment (Gun):
3200 Block of Georgia Avenue, Northwest
 
(Washington, DC)– The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a person of interest in reference to an Armed Robbery of Establishment (Gun) offense that occurred in the 3200 block of Georgia Avenue, Northwest, on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at approximately 5:30 pm.
 
The suspect entered an establishment in the area, brandished a gun, and demanded money.  The suspect then went behind the counter, took US currency from the register, and fled the scene in an unknown direction.
 
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 text messaging 50411.  The 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 violent offense, including an armed robbery, committed in the District of Columbia.

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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Paying Attention to Drug Arrests in Washington

August 15, 2016

I know a lot of people weren’t happy with MPD’s decision last year to do away with Police District-based vice units in favor of a centralized approach (me being among them). However, one thing MPD began doing that I do like is they begain compiling and distributing weekly Narcotics and Special Investigations Division Activity Reports via the MPD listservs. Their first report was sent out on June 15, 2016.

I’ve been looking over these reports with great interest and am trying to find a way to report the information out to the broader community. The reports have three basic types of information: 1) Narcotic Enforcement Unit Arrests, 2) Gun Recovery Unit Arrests, and 3) Criminal Interdiction Unit Arrests.

I’m particularly interested in the narcotic enforcement arrests — especially as these events are not tracked by the DC Crime Map. Looking at the report for August 13, 2016 (see full report on 4D listserv) I’ve created the following map showing the locations of drug arrests and color coded them to the type of drugs involved. Of the 25 reports listed, 5 (or 20%) were for arrests located in Ward  1 — all in Columbia Heights (mostlye crack cocaine) and Park View (heroin). No narcotic events occurred in Wards 3 or 6 this week.


(Quick key to map: Green=Marijuana / Yellow=Crack Cocaine / Red=Heroin / Brown=Synthetic Cannabinoids)

MPD Recovers Rifles on Lamont Street

July 6, 2016

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This may have gone unnoticed by many, as it was with me until a neighbor pointed it out.

According to a press release distributed by MPD on June 30th, last week, on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, members of Fourth District executed a search warrant in the 400 block of Lamont Street, NW. As a result of that search warrent, the following weapons were recovered:

  • SKS Assault Rifle
  • Ruger 10-22 Rifle
  • Marlin 30-30 Winchester Rifle
  • Santa Barbara 6mm Rifle
  • Ithaca Feather Light 12 gauge Rifle
  • Mossberg Maverick 88 Rifle

The Metropolitan Police Department continues to investigate these offenses.

Kudos to MPD on this one.

MPD & DEA Hosting Prescription Drug Take-Back Events This Week

April 27, 2016

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Do you have any old or unneeded prescription drugs and don’t know how to dispose of them? This Saturday, you can take them to the MPD police stations and substations to get rid of them.

From a press release:

Prescription Drug Take-Back Events This Week

Help keep the environment clean by safely disposing of unused prescriptions

The US Drug Enforcement Administration is hosting a nation-wide Prescription Drug Take-Back Event where individuals can bring their expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs to them for safe disposal. This service is free, anonymous and no questions are asked. Proper disposal of unused drugs is important to saving lives and protecting our environment. If thrown in the trash, unused drugs can be retrieved, used by teens or children or sold on the streets. If flushed, unused drugs can contaminate our water supply.

Last September, Americans turned in 350 tons (over 702,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 10 previous take-back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds of pills.

On Wednesday April 27 The Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia (OAG) and The Department of Health are hosting prescription take-back events from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at:

  • One Judiciary Square (441 4th Street NW)
  • DOH Lobby (899 N. Capital Street NE)

Additional sites accepting prescription medications on Saturday April 30th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. are:

  • First District Station (101 M Street SW)
  • First District Sub Station (500 E Street SE)
  • Second District Station (3320 Idaho Avenue NW)
  • Third District Station (1620 V Street NW)
  • Fourth District Station (6001 Georgia Avenue NW)
  • Fourth District Sub Station (750 Park Road NW)
  • Fifth District Station (1805 Bladensburg Road NE)
  • Sixth District Station (100 42nd Street NE)
  • Seventh District Station (2455 Alabama Avenue SE)

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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