Stabbing Homicide at 14th and Perry Pl, NW just after 7pm Last Night

From MPD:

“Shortly after 7pm [Wednesday], units received a call for a man down in the 1400 blk of Perry Place, NW. Upon arrival, an adult male was located suffering from apparent stab wounds. The male was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased. This case is being investigated by the Homicide Branch. Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099.”

Full press release:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide which occurred in the 1400 block of Perry Place, Northwest.

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at approximately 6:40 pm, police officers from the Fourth District responded to a call for service in connection to a man down in the 1400 block of Perry Place, Northwest. Upon arrival, they located an adult male suffering from apparent stab wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the victim to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The decedent was subsequently transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia where an autopsy will be performed to ascertain the cause and manner of death.

The decedent has been identified as 41-year-old Inoe Javier Salvador, of Gaithersburg, Maryland.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

Ed. Note: Last week an arrest was made in another stabbing homicide nearby at 14th and Meridian Pl, NW.


24 Comment

  • Unfortunately, I’m not surprised. The police need to step up patrols and on the ground presence in this area. This happened at 7pm for crying out loud.

    • Do people realize that the cops can’t be on every corner at every time of day? Even if police were to increase their presence at “known” problem corners, all that would happen is the problem corner would move to a new corner. This is a city and unfortunately, sometimes bad things happen in cities. The cops can’t be everywhere at once.

      • Agreed – another, for most people thankfully, act of incomprehensible violence perpetrated by someone I probably have walked past on my many trips up and down 14th. So tired of this.

      • people realize that the MPD cannot be omnipresent. However, Anonymous @9:35 is fair to complain; a small 8-10 block stretch of 14th street has REGULAR serious crime occurring. I have lived in the area 2 years (Harvard and 14th) and I have not noticed any increase in visible police presence.

        • OP here. Before people criticize my observation, I think it’s a fair to point out that I live in this area. Cops rarely are on foot. If around, they are parked in cars on their phone or driving thru… Its a city, yes crime happens, but if statistics show a certain area is a problem, then maybe it deserves more attention or (heaven for bid) an active investigation into what is occurring.

          • that is what I said, I am supporting you. More visible police presence on this stretch of 14th street only seems logical.

          • Well, the police who investigate this stuff are most likely Vice, who would be plain clothes, but that is besides the point. The point is that even if Vice was not in your hood and then MPD made a point to have a “visible” presence, it wouldn’t stop the crime, it would just move it. So while you, as a nearby resident, would be happy, MPD would have a whole different group of residents who were unhappy. Those residents would then come to PoPville and complain out the new problem corner in their neighborhood and the cycle would start all over again.

        • Yeah, the problem is that this stretch of 14th is heavily trafficked and full of commercial stuff. So it seems weirder and more problematic that there’s so much serious crime–there’ve got to be tons of witnesses, particularly at that time of day. If this were off 14th on one of the little streets, it would be equally tragic but probably not as disconcerting to people who live in the area.

  • Two stabbings a month apart on the same block in any other city would, you’d think, result in more of police presence. And not just in sitting cars, playing with their phones, but walking a beat — you know — doing actual police work.

  • I got a text alert from MPD about a robbery w/gun at 14th and Spring a few hours earlier.

  • Not that all violent events aren’t tragic, but as someone who hasn’t had people I regularly associate with try to kill me, or rob me at gunpoint (not yet, anyway), for many readers like me, the first question I ask was – did the assailant and the victim know each other, or is this the result of random street crime?

    And, actually, police may deter some random street crime, but their presence won’t do anything about the sort where people know each other and have some disagreement.

  • As someone who just moved to Spring and 14th, this concerns me. Thanks for the reminder that I should sign up for MPD text alerts!

  • Seems like every time there’s a stabbing or shooting (WOTR) we have this conversation about MPD. We all agree they (MPD) cannot be omnipresent, however, they can be more proactive than reactive to hot spots within the city. I am sure the anti-gang unit, undercover patrol, bike patrol are more engaging but it seems to be the exception where it should be the norm. DC is not huge geographically and a police force of about 4,000 (not including all other federal branches of law-enforcement within the city) should be more than capable of handling the policing of the city. It amazes me that the “world capital of power” can be so complacent when it comes to the safety of its citizens and visitors.

    • DC is about 68.3 square miles or ~43,712 acres of land. It has about 1500 miles of public roads (per Wikipedia). There are 3 shifts so let’s say there are ~1300 cops per shift (I would think there are more during the day and less at night, but I would also guess a larger percentage of the officers on duty during the day are in “office” jobs). Even if every cop on duty were out on the streets (which is obv. not the case), then there would be less than one cop per mile of road or per 33 acres of land. Obviously, not every cop is out on the streets, so yes, despite having a large force, they cannot be everywhere.

      What is your proof that they are complacent? Because crime happens? Well, I guess every police force in the world is complacent then. People on this site love saying things like how they are reactive to crime, but none of you really know what is going on other than the fact that you don’t see a cop sitting on your block. We don’t have space in jail to hold every drug dealer or drug user, so what should they be doing? If it is so easy to create a society free of crime, why don’t you enlighten us as to how it should be done.

      And no, I don’t work for MPD or any other police force. I just think people are ridiculous in their criticisms of the police in this city. Are they perfect? No, but blaming crime on MPD is ridiculous. Violent crime has gone down drastically over the years. If you don’t feel safe in your neighborhood, then you shouldn’t have moved there.

      • Your comment is spot on.

        • PDleftMtP

          No it’s not. “If you don’t feel safe in your neighborhood you shouldn’t have moved there” is one of the more ridiculous things people have said – slightly edging “if it’s so easy to create a society free of crime.” Instead of setting up a strawman, how about engaging with “how hard is it to create a police force that gives the average citizen the sense that it gives two shits?” “Be complacent or move to Kansas” isn’t exactly insightful advice.

          I’ve had some excellent interactions with MPD over 20+ years – and yes, it’s a very tough job and the people who do it well deserve tons of credit – but I’ve also seen plenty of “whatever” responses and cops vigilantly staking out their phones while parked at a quiet corner.

  • Nobody mention that you don’t see the police cruiser or bike in patrolling the alleys, they are always in 14th, but they don’t go to the alleys and that is where crime start.

  • But do we know if the the suspect and victim knew each other? I don’t think that a person would stab someone out of nowhere though.

  • Just some thoughts, what people think of as “beat cops”, are officers on foot beats, which is a block or two. This is the policing that people equate with West Side Story and Norman Rockwell paintings, and its where the officer knows everyone and all of the merchants.

    These officers can give residents a sense of peace of mind when they’re walking home from the Metro at night and that’s important. However, its not a good tool to stop crime. Sure, the person might not get stabbed in front of the cop, but he/she could be two blocks away when it happens. These foot beats are visible presence only.

    The actual people who are catching these criminals consist of cops/detectives from the Intel Division, Violent Crimes Branch, District Vice Units and Crime Suppression Teams. You don’t see them, but they are actually catching these criminals, thanks to leads and tips they get from informants and from GPS ankle bracelet data.

    As for stopping Bobby from stabbing Louis in the first place, we don’t stop that. We simply move it if we’re present. The crime itself will happen based on the desperation and motivation of the suspect.

    • And some thoughts right back at ya. In 2009 I was assaulted by two teen males near Potomac Gardens on Cap Hill. The MPD never once followed up with me or got back to me on anything – I never heard from them again after one cop took a perfunctory report. I learned later from various sources that at least two other people were assaulted in the exact same area in the exact same manner, over the next year. Finally, in 2010, a very famous (and similar) assault happened in the exact same place to a young Asian woman, and the press and police swarmed in. So why did it take over a year, with so many others subsequently hurt, for the city and police to respond? We are constantly berated when we complain about crime that “cops can’t be everywhere” or “beat cops don’t help” or “but at least there aren’t hundreds of shootings a year like in the 90’s.” It’s all bullshit. My experience, one which I have heard corroborated by several others throughout the city, is proof that the police in DC (and our city officials) simply do not take street crime seriously enough.

      • Hey, I’m not saying that we don’t drop the ball. I’m simply saying that every instance of violent crime reported is followed by people wanting cops on foot and that’s not necessarily going to help. I’m sorry for what happened to you. I’m not sure of the instance of the assault, but if the report is taken and the perp isn’t found, then the detectives aren’t necessarily going to follow up until an arrest is made or they need you for a lineup.

        Depending on the classification of the crime, with Simple Assault being the least severe, they might not always follow up.

  • How do you know that “cops on foot” won’t help? Has it been tried before? Seems obvious that cops on foot would discourage criminal behavior. Maybe they should have a pilot program to try it out in one section of the city. On a related note, funny how one attack against a police officer has now resulted in MPD order for cops to work in pairs only (including breaks and lunch).

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