Arrest Made in Beating/Homicide that Took Place Outside the Tivoli Last Sat. Afternoon

Thanks to a reader for sending an update about last Sat. afternoon’s beating outside the Tivoli at 14th and Park Rd, NW from the Washington Times:

Jeffrey Mills is accused of attacking 45-year-old Juan Antonio Paredes on Saturday and beating him unconscious with a metal pole, according to police and court records.

Mr. Paredes, of Northwest, was hospitalized and died from his injuries on Sunday.

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  • SusanRH

    Jeffery Mills was the guy who was stabbed outside of Speedy’s? Scary to think many of us walked by him everyday on the way to the Giant. How did he ever get a permit to sell his crap there anyway?

  • It’s really tragic that it came to this to get that freakin’ wierdo off the streets. Why was this guy allowed to sell garbage, work out in the street and just be a nuisance to the entire community? It was obvious to everybody that guy was off kilter – why wasn’t this obvious to the cops or whoever gave him permission to sell stuff out of his van? My condolences to the family of the victim. This did not have to happen.

  • Amen, Amen, Amen ….the guy was a HUGE creep, wierdo, freak, etc. He should have been arrested long before this — thank God he is GONE!

  • RIP Mr. Paredes. I don’t care if he did threaten that guy, he didn’t deserve to be beaten to death in broad daylight.
    I walked by the aftermath on my way into Giant on Saturday. I saw the blood and was surprised the paramedics seemed to be taking the time bandaging the wound. Then I saw Mr. Mills being questioned by the police.
    Definitely shook me up a bit.

  • I walked by the Giant on Thursday and there were two new guys playing music and selling crap.

  • I don’t this guy had a license to sell his stuff. If Only the police had done their job and this wouldn’t have happened.

  • When will it be okay to laugh at the absurdity of this incident? I suppose some people will say “never,” but I say screw them. I’ll laugh when I’m good and ready….not when an uptight, joyless, PC mob decides when it’s okay.

    • oh trolls… i wish you’d get a life.

    • You often write about your relationship with your wife here.

      When your wife is beaten to death, and you’re ready to laugh about that, THEN you can laugh about this.

      • Perhaps you need a reading-skills refresher. I asked when it will be okay to laugh at the “absurdity” of the event. Pehaps you’re not old enough to have suffered tragedy or endured much hardship, but I have done a bit of both, and it really is okay to laugh when bad things that happen, even when they happen to you.

        For the record, I have also seen people shot and stabbed (and I have been mugged a few times), but I didn’t get bent out of shape like so many people here….”oh my god, I walked past there an hour earlier! I need to get out of this city!”

        • I guess I still don’t understand what’s ‘absurd’ about the event. I understand what’s sad, tragic, unfortunate, and horrible about it but absurb to me implies something humorous on some level and I still don’t really see that. Sorry.

          • ab·surd (b-sûrd, -zûrd)
            1. Ridiculously incongruous or unreasonable. See Synonyms at foolish.
            2. Of, relating to, or manifesting the view that there is no order or value in human life or in the universe.
            3. Of or relating to absurdism or the absurd.
            The condition or state in which humans exist in a meaningless, irrational universe wherein people’s lives have no purpose or meaning. Used chiefly with the.

        • Ridiculous comments like these are best left to the unfortunates over on the DCist comment sections.

        • Just step away from the logic Caballero – it’s the classic “wounded pigeon” principle at work here.

          • Victoria,

            I googled “wounded pigeon” and got the following from Urban Dictionary:
            where you hire a hooker and then break her arm and force her to masturbate you. making the action of a “wounded pigeon”

            I don’t think that’s what you are referring to, so can you enlighten me?

          • She’s basically saying that you’re a lot like the hooker with the broken arm, caballero, and not to worry so much about it all.

  • I think it’s time to get Jim Graham involved. People don’t need to be selling crap out of vans on that corner.

    • Yes, let’s get rid of them…unless of course they are selling cupcakes or are a cute food truck. The guy was crazy and a menance but that doesn’t really have anything to do with people selling things on the corner. The guys who sell flowers in front of Target and the Metro are great additions to the neighborhood. I appreciate in times of high unemployment that many folks are trying to make money any way possible. Don’t confuse the 2 issues.

      • SusanRH

        The food trucks have permits to sell their foods, these men do not. They sell crap that very few people want to buy and cause problems. I too think it is time for Jim Graham to say something. A man was killed in broad daylight, what type of world do we live in where there isn’t an outcry from our politicians.

        • i’m failing to see the causality between your gripe about the vendors and the killing. the killing didn’t happen because he was a vendor, and, frankly, do we actually know he didn’t have a permit to sell? while the killing is tragic and, regardless of the reason, he shouldn’t have used such force, i thought Jeffrey was a nice addition to the block. i personally don’t want such an antiseptic neighborhood that someone selling “crap” and playing music is so detested. safe neighborhood, yes. bland neighborhood, no. and i agree with what colheights1 said…some people are more hard pressed than others to make ends meet.

        • The sell crap *you* don’t want. The guy by the atm sells gloves, hats, and socks. He also sells Redskins gear. Maybe not what you want but I see people buy stuff from him all the time. Enjoy that not everything is geared toward you and don’t use a tragedy to push another agenda.

      • “Yes, let’s get rid of them…unless of course they are selling cupcakes or are a cute food truck.”

        Completely agree. Violent crimes are caused by people being violent and crazy, not by people selling stuff on the street without a permit.

      • There are indeed two issues, but they aren’t totally unrelated. People who are “crazy and a menace” really shouldn’t be on the streets period, but law enforcement doesn’t have much power to remove someone proactively.

        Totally independent of his general menace, though, this vendor was a nuisance in a way that a cupcake vendor is not: he played music, ran a generator, and occupied a spot that was allocated for customer parking, not vending. Vendor licensing standards ought to exist that weed this kind of behavior out. As a side benefit, many crazy, menacing people have difficulty meeting these kind of standards, which removes one excuse for them to be on the street.

        I might add that he wasn’t the only unregulated huckster doing business on that strip. I wish very much that the hack inspector would come bust the unofficial taxi services that park at the entrance to the Giant. I understand that they’re just trying to make a buck, but we have standards for this kind of thing for a reason, and they ought to be obeyed, or changed by a legitimate process.

        • +1 How was he allowed to stay there for so long? Which agency regulates this? Too many? DDot for the parking? DCRA for the unliscensed vending and public space occupancy?

  • this is so sad.

  • Jim Graham is useless. He tells the cops to stand down when it comes to enforcing the law in this district. Doesn’t want to offend his friends in section 8 housing or those that can’t legally vote.

  • Maybe I’ve missed it, but was there any “reason” for the attack? Was it instigated, or did the guy just flip out?

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