05/29/15 10:05am

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From MPD:

“Jamyra Gallmon, 21, of Washington, D.C., pled guilty today to a charge of second-degree murder while armed for the Feb. 9, 2015 murder of David Messerschmitt in a robbery at a downtown Washington hotel, announced Acting U.S. Attorney

Vincent H. Cohen, Jr. and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

Gallmon pled guilty in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The plea, which is contingent upon the Court’s approval, calls for a sentence between 18 and 25 years.

Also today, a co-defendant, Dominique Johnson, 19, also of Washington, D.C., pled guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery for her role in events on the day of the crime. Johnson faces a statutory maximum of five years in prison.

The Honorable Michael Ryan scheduled sentencing for both defendants to take place on Aug. 14, 2015.

“Our hearts go out to everyone who knew and loved David Messerschmitt,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Cohen. “It is outrageous that a young man with such a promising future was murdered over a cell phone and a Metro card. We can only hope that the rapid apprehension and conviction of those responsible for his death will help his loved ones find some sense of peace.”

“These criminals preyed upon David Messerschmitt for his property and they are being held accountable. The guilty pleas are just one step closer for the Messerschmitt family to attempt to gain closure in this senseless crime,” said Chief Lanier. “Our detectives and the U.S.

Attorney’s Office worked diligently to close and prosecute this case.”

Mr. Messerschmitt, 30, was killed on the evening of Feb. 9, 2015. He was attacked while a guest at the Donovan Hotel, in the 1100 block of 14th Street NW. According to the government’s evidence, Mr. Messerschmitt posted an advertisement earlier that day on Craigslist soliciting responses from other men. Gallmon pretended to be a man interested in meeting Mr.Messerschmitt and responded to his advertisement by e-mail. In fact, however, her true purpose in meeting with him was to rob him of his possessions.

Gallmon and Mr. Messerschmitt arranged to meet at approximately 7:30 p.m. in his hotel room. Gallmon walked into the hotel at 7:44 p.m., concealing her identity by wearing a jacket with a hood up and a covering over the bottom half of her face. She then entered Mr.

Messerschmitt’s unlocked room. She attempted to rob him, and, when Mr. Messerschmitt fought back, she stabbed him approximately seven times in his chest, groin area, arm, and back.

During the robbery, Gallmon took Mr. Messerschmitt’s cell phone and SmarTrip Metro card. She then left the room and immediately made her way out of the hotel, once again disguising her identity by wearing a jacket with the hood up.

According to the government’s evidence, Johnson and Gallmon had discussed committing a robbery and traveled together to the hotel on the night of the murder. Johnson subsequently used Mr. Messerschmitt’s SmarTrip card on a near-daily basis for about six weeks.

Gallmon was arrested April 1, 2015 and Johnson was arrested seven days later.

In announcing the pleas, Acting U.S. Attorney Cohen and Chief Lanier commended the work of the detectives, officers, and others who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). They also expressed appreciation for the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Victim/Witness Advocate Marcia Rinker, Paralegal Specialist Vanessa Trent-Valentine, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Sharon Donovan.Finally, they acknowledged the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Shana L. Fulton, who investigated and prosecuted the case.”

05/29/15 9:47am

Person First Project is a photo blog that seeks to give those currently or formerly experiencing homelessness in D.C. the chance to share their stories. In doing this, we hope to reduce the barriers that separate people in D.C. and spark a dialogue. The Person First Project aims to connect us – and to make us all feel a bit more human.

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“This is Baby. She’s 15-years-old. She was born in Kentucky; she’s been all the way to Chicago; then we lived in Omaha, almost all our life; and they we come back all the way from Florida. She’s been in 14 different states.

They won’t let [Baby] in the shelter. I’m stubborn. I’ve had this dog a long time, and I’m not gonna give the dog up. The shelter ain’t worth that much to me. I can survive without the shelter. I’m a country boy. I can skin a rabbit. I don’t need their shelter. I can go out in the woods and build me a fire and camp out like Daniel Boone. I’m from the Mountains. We was raised hard. Our everyday life growing up wasn’t much better than this.”

Joseph

Author’s note: He stays around McPherson Square park. He doesn’t stay at a shelter because they won’t allow pets.

05/29/15 9:30am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user wolfpackWX

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05/29/15 8:57am

From the New Hill East listserv Thursday:

“I wanted to send thanks out to the amazing people who chased down a robber at Lincoln Park this afternoon.

A woman with a very young baby in a carrier had her wallet and phone snatched. The thief took off across the park, pursued by at least 2 people on foot. Confronted by another pedestrian outside P&C Market where the first pursuers caught up to him, he handed over the things he had stolen. He then tried to get away with the young woman he had originally been walking with. At that point a jogger with a dog accosted him and kept him company until the police arrived and took him into custody.

With all the recent assaults and fear in the air, and as someone who wasn’t quite sure what to do when a crime was playing out just across the street, it was inspiring to witness the fearless tenacity of some of our neighbors. Thank you!”

05/28/15 10:05pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user wolfpackWX

Congrats to PoPville pick lemon with:

“They see me rollin’, they hatin’”

Congrats to PoP pick Andrew with:

“This was a part of the ride to support our troops/local farms.”

Honorable mention to Rush with:

“Both drink Pabst”

Winner and honorable mention please email me at princeofpetworth(at)gmail for your shirts, onesies or tote bag.