Arrest Made in Two Sexual Assaults Cases Where Victims Were Followed from Metro Stations

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From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department announces the arrest of 31 year-old Demetrius Julian Banks of Riverdale, MD in connection to two sexual assault offenses and three robberies in the District of Columbia. All of the crimes were committed as the victims were walking from metro stations. MPD released video of a person of interest and the suspect was identified due to the assistance of the public.

The Sexual Assault Unit investigated two First Degree Sexual Assault cases. The first case occurred on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at approximately 10:45 pm in the Unit Block of Riggs Road Northeast. The second case occurred on Friday, August 28, 2015 at approximately 12:08 am in the 1500 block of Michigan Avenue Northeast.

The Fourth District Detective’s Unit investigated three robbery cases. The first case a Robbery Force & Violence occurred on Friday, July 31, 2015, at 12:18 am in the 800 block of Gallatin Street Northeast. The second case, a Robbery while Armed (Knife), occurred on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 10:24 pm in the Unit block of Riggs Road Northeast. The third case a Robbery while Armed (Knife) occurred on Sunday, August 23, 2015, 3:41 am in the area of 6th and Gallatin Street Northeast.”

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  • This is the kind of excellent work that (mostly) goes unnoticed. And here’s another thought for you Popvillers– every time we have an AHOD, the detectives working these cases are reassigned to a footbeat for two days, away from their cases and, by extension, their complainants.

    Yes, the office is staffed at our “minimum staffing” levels during all AHOD shifts, but for two full days all of the open cases assigned to the “detailed” detective go uninvestigated/rigorously pursued. Yet another case of “optics” overriding good sense.

    • Accountering

      This kind of work is noticed (when we hear about it) and VERY MUCH appreciated. Just to clarify, we are all not minions praising Bowser and Lanier. I for one agree with you on the AHOD. It seems more people got shot last weekend even with AHOD in place, so all it did is cost a bunch of overtime to staff light towers, and apparently move officers from important work solving crimes to, again, staffing light towers. I guess it is good optics for the mayor though?

      • Oh, I didn’t mean to imply that POPers are shills for the admin/chief, I more so meant that it largely goes unnoticed by the general citizenry.

        I do find one thing odd. Prior to this surge in crime there were a lot of commenters here urging for more foot patrols and, whether in name or in concept, fixed posts. Now that the tide has turned some, it’s been interesting to see opinions here shift as well. Sometimes I feel caught in the middle of a sea of very mixed messages– be more proactive, but not so proactive as to potentially offend someone. Don’t pester drug users, but hey… Why can’t you guys solve the homicides where your BEST sources are drug users with whom we at least have some leverage to get information from?

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