Archive for the Crime Category

Update on Quebec Place Homicide

Posted in Crime, Park View with tags , on July 30, 2009 by Kent

DC Superior courtOn the same night as the Metro tragedy there was a violent homicide on the 600 block of Park View. The only good news was that the assailant was apprehended.

While its going to take a while for this case to work its way through the courts, I wanted to give an update to my last report on where things stood with the accused.

On July 24th, the preliminary hearing was held and probable cause was found in the case pending a Grand Jury. The accused will continue to be held without bond. The next court date is set for October 23, 2009.

WP Arcticle on Police/Community Communications Include Yours Truly

Posted in Crime with tags on July 22, 2009 by Kent

Washington Post Kent For those that may have missed it, I got my 15 seconds of fame in this morning’s Washington Post. Washington Post writer Theola Labbé-DeBose contacted me a few weeks back about about this piece she was doing on police/community communications in the online environment.

While I wish it had been under different circumstances, the interview was an enjoyable experience.

Some questions I’d like to throw out there for you all is: What have your experiences been like when trying to find out information on neighborhood crime? How do you contact the police when you are in need, and has it been effective?

This Date in History

Posted in Crime, Culture and History, July with tags , on July 17, 2009 by Kent

July 17, 1910: Mrs. Annie Wilder of 1735 Seventeenth Street, NW, discovered the loss of jewelry valued at $200. A gang of thieves which had been working in various houses in Washington the previous week was considered the likely suspects.

The jewelry consisted of a gold wedding ring, a diamond ring with rose setting, a diamond solitaire, a plain diamond, and one large six-stone diamond setting.

Homicide in Park Morton

Posted in Crime, Park View with tags , , on July 5, 2009 by Kent

This was on the 3D Substation listserv this morning:

On July 5, 2009, at about 1215 AM an adult male was fatally shot while in the 600 block of Morton Pl. NW. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police department on 202 727-9099.

Break In at Looking Glass Lounge

Posted in Crime, Park View, Restaurants with tags , , on July 3, 2009 by Kent

Window missing at Looking Glass LoungeI learned tonight that the Looking Glass Lounge was broken into last night, July 2nd. Sometime between the time they closed and the early morning hours, a person(s) broke in through the front window which cracked but didn’t shatter. They didn’t go beyond the cash register, but did steal a television, cell phone, bottles of liquor, and cleaned out the register.

It appears to have been a quick in and out since there were other items of interest that were not touched.

You can get some sense of the scope of things from the photos after the jump. Continue reading

Police Helicopters Wednesday Night

Posted in Crime, Petworth with tags , , , , , on July 2, 2009 by Kent

pollice helicopterFor those of you that live in northern Park View or southern Petworth, you may have wondered what was up with the police helicopters last night. It’s my understanding that a liquor store on Georgia Ave. was robbed there was a robbery and the helicopters were part of the police response.

If anyone knows more about this incident, please share what you know.

Homicides Down Nearly 20%, MPD Reports

Posted in Crime with tags , on June 30, 2009 by Kent

The Washington Post reported today that:

With 2009 half over, the number of homicides reported by police in the District — 66 — is 20 percent below last year’s figure and is on pace to be the lowest yearly total in decades.

If the homicide rate continued through December, the total for 2009 would be 134. That would be 52 fewer slayings than last year and 47 fewer than in 2007. It would be 35 fewer than in 2006.

With some very high profile, and violent, homicides in recent weeks, its hard to keep this larger picture in mind. The city still has its hot spots, and 14th Street seems to have several of them. If one can say there is a bright side to these violent crimes, it would be that several of the perpetrators have actually been caught, arrested, and awaiting trial.