Major Props to the Cops “Arrest Made in Multiple Sexual Assault and Robbery Cases” including the Bloomingdale and Capitol Hill Assaults

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From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit announced an arrest has been made in five known Assault with Intent to Commit First Degree Sexual Abuse and Robbery Force and Violence cases.

Assault with the Intent to Commit First Degree Sexual Abuse and Robbery-Force & Violence incident which occurred in the 200 block of 8th Street, Southeast, on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, between 10:30 pm and 10:45 pm. CCN: 15-188-289

Robbery-Force & Violence offense which occurred in the 1300 block of Ives Place, Southeast, on Wednesday, November 25, 2015, at approximately 9:15 pm. CCN: 15-888-801

Robbery-Force & Violence offense which occurred in the 900 block of East Capitol Street, Northeast, on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at approximately 10:35 pm. CCN: 15-191-819

Assault with Intent to Commit Third Degree Sexual Abuse and Robbery-Force & Violence incident which occurred in the 100 block of Seaton Place, Northwest, on Tuesday, December 22, 2015, between 7:22 pm. CCN: 15-204-138

Robbery-Force & Violence offense which occurred in the 700 block of H Street, Northeast, on Thursday, December 31, 2015, at 1:00 am. 15-208-163

On Friday, January 15, 2016, 25 year-old Melvin Dehardt Latney of Southeast, DC, was arrested pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant charging him with Intent to Commit First Degree Sexual Abuse, Assault with Intent to Commit Third Degree Sexual Abuse, and five counts of Robbery.”

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  • It’s astounding to me that one person can be responsible for so much misery and chaos in the world. When you think of not only the pain and suffering he caused the direct victims in these cases, but also the pain and suffering of the victims’ loved ones; plus all the pain he’s likely caused for crimes we don’t know about, it must be a staggering number of people who are suffering because of this one person.

    • +100

      His first felony was in 1994 and he just kept going: robbery in 2010, assaulting a cop in 2013, multiple open warrants for 2013, 2014, 2014. Now he tries to rape 5 people and commits multiple robberies.

      At what point do we stop giving additional chances to repeat offenders?

  • Kukki Bakemono

    MPD-1D also sent out an email about 45 minutes ago saying they caught one of the main persons who has been breaking into cars in Capitol Hill. Great work on both arrests MPD!

  • Considering his FB page, he knew he was about to get busted… what a real piece of work.

  • I feel terrible for two friends who just bought in Cap Hill this summer. Paid $1M and they don’t even feel comfortable walking their own neighborhood after the sun goes down. It’s crazy.

    • SouthwestDC

      Don’t feel bad for them. I bought five years ago and the value of my house has increased by $250,000 and I’ve loved every minute of living here. They’re crazy if they don’t feel comfortable walking around at night.

    • You sound like a true friend. Those poor things are in a dreadful position, given how hard it is to resell property in Capitol Hill, and now their lives are at stake! I do hope they’re able to trick someone into buying it, perhaps by distracting them with the Trader Joe’s and cute babies and parks full of people with tiny dogs. However, you might want to wipe that smug smile off your face as you offer your condolences. It’s not very becoming of a gentleman such as yourself.

    • Ally

      Not sure why everyone’s being so snarky to your comment. I get what you’re saying. I bought my home in Hill East about 6 years ago and have opted not to walk around this year nearly as much as I used to. Partly it’s because I’m a new mom and paranoid. Partly it’s because of the crime on the Hill this year — whether on par with previous years’ statistics or not — has been particularly violent and concerning.

      • SouthwestDC

        I didn’t think I was being particularly snarky, but his comment was so incredibly condescending!
        I feel totally safe walking around the neighborhood, particularly because I live on a well-lit street that gets a lot of foot traffic. Dark quiet streets make me uncomfortable no matter what the latest crime stats are, which is why I didn’t buy a house off the beaten path. I’m sure his friends knew what they were getting into and he’s being unnecessarily judgmental.

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