From the Forum – Intruder in my backyard – AGAIN, same guy!!!

Intruder in my backyard – AGAIN, same guy!!!

“It has happened at again at 9:30pm tonight, so I’ve worked very hard to get the information online fast and hopefully help track down this intruder.

It has happened again, just two weeks since my last post. I actually ran outside and saw him leaving my alley; then went to the front of my home to see him going South Down the West side of 18th street. Please provide any information if you saw this man at 9:30pm tonight.

Just filed a police report for unlawful entry (11pm).

Here is my first post for reference (

Intruder Enters Backyard Mon Apr 27 21 28 41 2015

Intruder Exits Backyard Mon Apr 27 21 29 21 2015

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  • Tsar of Truxton

    Come to think of it, I did see a headless person wearing a blue hoodie in your neighborhood last night…

  • Yikes, did the police take your complaint more seriously this time?

  • Two things, one he’s probably just taking a piss. Two Lock your backyard gate. Don’t be so stupid to leave your door unlocked like that.

    • Please, who in DC is going to leave an alley to take a piss? I’ve seen people pissing in DC allies in the middle of the day. He’s clearly up to no good.

  • Why not add a lock or at least a bell on your gate?

  • I’m sorry you are creeped out by this guy, who may or may not be a repeat intruder, and I am glad you are using a camera as a deterrent. But please, let’s all take a deep breath and consider what is and isn’t worthy of police attention and arrest. I know it’s not going to be a popular opinion, but personally, I am glad the police are indifferent to someone walking onto your property in a densely packed urban environment. Too many people are locked up around the country for petty crimes they may or may not have committed as the result of over-zealous policies like “broken windows.” And with so many terrible stories going around the news at the moment, I’d much much rather DC Police focus on the long and hard work of investigating and policing serious crimes, rather than making constant rips and arrests for things like this on the street.

    • You know what happened before two thieves broke into my house and stole all of my items of value, including irreplaceable heirloom jewelry? They entered my “property in a densely packed urban environment.” You know how they got to my belongings? They broke my windows. The worst thing they did was scare me and leave me constantly concerned about my personal security.

      Someone trespassing on personal property can be canvassing for a crime. They can be voyeurs. It can be bad.

      So please, don’t try to suggest that some crimes aren’t worthy of police attention. They can be very, very invasive even without being violent.

      • Just FYI, i have been the victim of a home invasion, and have also been robbed at gunpoint, and I still feel differently than you. My opinion is formed by various points of experience, and no, I never said that home invasion is not a crime worthy of police attention. And there isn’t space here for me to eloquently argue the larger societal effects of over policing, but here is a start:

        • Trespassing is illegal. From the looks of these two emails, he’s casing the place- he’s not on a freaking garden tour. This isn’t enough to get him arrested for attempted burglary (? is there such a thing?) but maybe he’d get a fine for trespassing and would think twice before moving forward with robbing the place.

          Trying to defend this creep with the events going on in Baltimore is despicable. Sorry that crime is a pandemic in some communities but it doesn’t excuse criminals.

          • I don’t see anyone trying to “excuse” criminals. I see someone trying to raise awareness in light of a larger societal issue that’s absolutely relevant in this case. No one is saying the trespasser didn’t do anything wrong. Don’t be so myopic.

          • I’m defending and excusing him now? You guys strawman much around here?

            I simply am making the point that perhaps this is not worthy of the type of police response people have called for in other threads on this matter. And yes, I do believe the results of over policing are entirely relevant to any discussion of policing policy.

            Does this warrant a fine for trespassing? Sure, perhaps it does. I just thought it was an opportunity to bring up larger issues.

          • It looks like defending/excusing to me too. Reporting an intruder trespassing in your backyard — or your neighbors’ backyard — is precisely what the crime prevention training I attended (at Fourth District headquarters) recommends doing. I would be very surprised if MPD arrested this guy for trespassing. But they might question him, which lets him know that he’s being watched… and might encourage him to abandon a plan of breaking in there.

          • Textdoc, if that hypothetical was indeed MPD’s action, that would be fantastic. And i never said not to report— I was precisely talking about subsequent police action, which is what you also just addressed in your comment.

        • If your’re ok with strangers doing this on your property, then don’t report it.

          I strongly approve of the OP’s actions. They keep the OP safe from a serious risk of lost property and personal harm. If everyone was so vigilant, there would be far less opportunity for crime. In that sense, the OP’s actions contribute to the safety of all of us.

      • +1. Seems pretty clear that he’s casing the area.

        • Don’t see how broken windows is relevant in this case. DC Police isn’t going to go out and arrest a random black person off the street because this homeowner called in. They will take note of the suspicious activity which will maybe result in someone getting their grandma’s heirloom ring back. This isn’t “over-policing,” this is how policing works.

          • Fair point in a vacuum, but there are hundreds of cases I could cite of someone calling in property loss, and the wrong person ending up in prison. Here is a kid who maintained innocence over a stolen backpack, and was left to rot in jail for 3 years awaiting trial:

            Before everyone jumps all over me, I am not saying you shouldn’t call the cops for property loss, just to get that clear.

          • I agree with Jack. Police shouldn’t respond to this. If you find someone trespassing on your property, you should tie them up and torture them in your basement.

    • At what point do this individual’s actions “worthy of police attention?” There’s no doubt that this is trespassing. And while that’s not an arrestable offense, the combination of (i) someone doing something he shouldn’t be (and that is illegal), (ii) no legitimate reason for doing it, and (iii) the fact that there’s a good chance that he’s casing the house or car, as a prelude to more serious crimes – warrants bringing it to the attention of the police (and they should take is seriously). Or are you suggesting that the police should just ignore this unless and until this man actually breaks into the car/house?

      • Nope, agree with everything you just said. I also think there is are bigger picture issues at play. Clearly nobody here is interested in discussing those, and that’s fine.

        • “You said, “But please, let’s all take a deep breath and consider what is and isn’t worthy of police attention and arrest. I know it’s not going to be a popular opinion, but personally, I am glad the police are indifferent to someone walking onto your property in a densely packed urban environment.” That’s not a comment on a larger issue, it’s a comment on this particular situation (and a ridiculous one at that).
          But, as for your attempt to raise the larger issue – “I’d much much rather DC Police focus on the long and hard work of investigating and policing serious crimes, rather than making constant rips and arrests for things like this on the street.” – I could not disagree more. You are describing reactive policing – solving crimes after they’re committed. While that’s an important part of policing, an equally important part is proactive – preventing crimes from happening in the first place. And that means not tolerating low-level illegality such as this. So-called broken window policing (and I’m not sure this fits into that category) should differentiate between innocent bystanders and perpetrators, but lowering tolerance societal decay is essential.

    • A. This guy is clearly trespassing. B. Doing it TWICE?! means he is most likely casing the place.

      Please explain to me how preventing burglary, and beyond that possible assault or rape is something the police shouldn’t do?

      You cannot literally be that……

      • Thank you so much for this comment. Why does everyone automatically think he’s casing the place out for material goods? For all we know he’s a serial rapist looking for his next victim. Lots of serious criminals have been caught because of minor violations (does traffic ticket/Ted Bundy ring a bell?).

    • Clearly no one can be arrested based off this evidence. However, the police could increase patrols in the area to be a more visible presence. I live nearby and have seen people looking in windows, I’ve noticed screens moved, and I’ve seen footprints in our garden bed near windows- our house is being constantly cased. This is a persistent issue in this part of Mt. P and we should have a strong, highly visible police force to help deter potential crime. In defense of MPD, they have always responded quickly when I’ve called with reports of prowlers.

  • Get a really bright motion sensor light in your yard. That will probably deter him from coming back…

  • Would you feel comfortable leaving a picture of him taped to your gate? It probably would urge him to move on and find another yard.

  • Ben, I am so sorry this is happening to you so often! I would be very concerned since he is trying to get in repeatedly. Maybe a motion activated sprinkler would help?
    I know what I would do… Stay up waiting for him and start screaming like a lunatic and let my scary dog loose on him.

    Maybe that is not a good idea, and I am mostly suggesting it as some humor,but I get so angry when I hear of stories like this.

  • First, he is absolutely casing your place for a future break-in. This is a police matter, ignore the dinkus who says not to report him. This is the reason why you pay taxes and why the MPD exist. There’s enough of them that they have these little things called “divisions,” meaning there are officers who can handle your case.

    Second, get a good lock for the gate. ‘Nuff said.

    Third, if you don’t have an alarm system, consider getting one just beyond the cameras. I have a gate in my backyard that is tied to the alarm system, so if the system is armed, whole system is gonna go off and the cops are going to come. Great for my piece of my mind, bad for intruder who things he’s going to have time to get anything truly valuable.

    Your home WILL be broken into if this continues.

  • Thank you all (even Jack) for the great response to my post. I’m a firm believer that accessibility for a crime contributes to harboring a crime. I also believe there is an expectation of safety that everyone should have. Most people that live in my neighborhood aren’t on the look out for someone to break-in, and they feel very safe. My goal is to show people what they would have seen with cameras, and to raise awareness about the suspicious people in our neighborhood. Would you have known if this guy had canvassed your home?

    Of the local crimes I’ve read about in this forum, I often hear a reply to a crime with someone stating that they did indeed see someone suspicious; but didn’t feel the need to report it. How do we as a community work to prevent or intimidate people from committing a crime? Also, how can the police help us be better at preventing crimes?

    Since the first intrusion I’ve had the police bike crew and the commander visit my home. We spoke for quite some time on what they were doing to help prevent crime; and they absolutely need to hear from us about suspicious activity. They are smart enough to prioritize an active gun robbery over someone who left my backyard some time ago. Please don’t make me believe that I’m in any way taking away from their other duties. What I am doing is giving them information and awareness of what crimes are likely coming to this area. We all need to do this more often.

    The big question is what am I to do to prevent the 3rd time?

    – Ben


    My gate was locked before this second attempt, and is locked even better now, but what can you do when my neighbor has a 4′ fence and an unlocked gate? Most of my neighbors have no fence.

    In the 11 years I’ve lived in this home, I’ve had two stolen packages in 2006 & 2007; and a bike stolen last year. Not terrible for 11 years in the city.

    The face of the intruder can be seen in the two other videos posted, he is not headless.

    • I honestly would post his picture on your gate. That way he KNOWS he’s been caught on video.

      To not report this to the police? That’s just f(*&^% stupid.

  • Clearly Jack is the man in the video…thus his hilarious advice not to call the police…until after he robs your house.

  • I came across the DC MPD Crime Search Database, and it’s very current. I was able to find a Burglary on the 1800 Block of Park RD NW that occurred yesterday at 2:30pm. I asked the police officers for details; and it was a stolen car with MD plates; home door was kicked in; and items were stolen. This is just two blocks from my home, if you are not familiar with the area. Does anyone know how to find more information on these incidents? The database seems limited with that respect (export below).

    – Ben

    REPORT_DAT – 4/29/2015 14:30
    BLOCK – 1800 – 1899 BLOCK OF PARK ROAD NW
    DISTRICT – 4
    PSA – 408
    WARD – 1
    ANC – 1D

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