Dear PoP – Logan Circle Homicide?

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“Dear PoP,

There was a homicide in the alley between 11&12th st. and M&N streets NW today. Seems like there isn’t a lot of information as of now. My girlfriends building backs up to this alley and there was a note on the building advising residents not to use the back door. This brief article was posted on the Washington Post website.”

An MPD press release went out yesterday:

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating the fatal stabbing which occurred in the 1200 block of 11th Street, NW.

On Monday, November 8, 2010, at approximately 4:00 pm, Units from the Third District responded to the 1200 block of 11th Street, NW for the report of an unconscious person. Upon arriving, they discovered an unresponsive victim suffering from stab wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived and did not find any signs consistent with life.

The decedent is identified as 54 year-old Miguel Ventura of Lanham, Maryland.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099 or 1-888-919-CRIME (1-888-919-2746).

Ed. Note: The Post this morning also has the tragic story of the teen killed in Trinidad Monday referenced in the newsbrief above.

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  • I have noticed in the last year that the Mount Vernon Square area where I live has seen an increase in crime. Just a few days ago a couple was robbed in their backyard – the mugger had the nerve to actually break into their backyard and rob them. There’s also been several muggings on 5th Street, where I live (in broad daylight or in the early evening most of the time). Rocks have been thrown at pedestrians. There was a fatal shooting at the Convention Center last year.

    I have to be honest, I don’t feel safe in this neighborhood anymore. Especially given that the police officers who walk the beat in my neighborhood don’t seem to be making any difference. Or maybe that’s more of a comment on how bad it COULD be if there weren’t police on foot.

  • Hey SMZ–do you have a link to the stories about 5th st? I live there but haven’t heard about any muggings. Is there a site that tracks crime in the area? Thanks!


    This is the local blog for the Mount Vernon Square Neighborhood Association. I just checked it tonight and have found this basic rundown of crime in the area over the past couple weeks:

    Attempted home break-in at 1400 5th Street NW. 2nd attempt was successful.

    Two men attempted to enter someone’s house on M street using knives a couple of weeks ago.

    A person attempted to break-in to a home via the roof on the 1500 block of 5th Street NW.

    Robbery at 5th and Ridge Streets NW at gunpoint on November 9th.

    I’ll be attempting to get a Neighborhood Watch of some kind going, since yours appears to be inactive.

  • This literally took place 3 doors down from my apartment. There is a Latino bar called “Izalco” there where a number of sketchy individuals hang out. When I came home that evening, a number of police officers were in the back alley and informed that I couldn’t bring my dog back there. The whole area has gone down in safety recently. I have lived in this neighborhood for 4 years and no longer feel safe at all.

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