04/22/14 10:55am

From MPD:

“On Monday, April 21, 2014, at approximately 8:30 pm, a lone male victim was walking in the park area of the 2400 block of N St., NW (Francis Jr. High School). At this moment the victim was approached by a subject who, without warning, proceeded to slash the victims upper arm with a pair of scissors. The suspect then demanded that the victim relinquish his wallet or he would continue to slash the victim. The victim complied and the suspect was last seen fleeing on foot east on N St. The victim sustained injury as a result of this attack and was treated by DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services on the scene of the incident.

The suspect in this case is described as a black male, 5’10”, medium build wearing a camouflaged colored cap, gray top and dark pants, carrying a black back pack. The victim indicated that the suspect was in the area of the Trader Joe’s prior to the attack.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Second District Detectives on 202-730-1903, or the Command Information Center on 202-727-9099.”

04/21/14 5:55pm

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“I saw a teen being arrested, horses bikes helicopters, huge police presence!”

A reader also tweets us just before 6pm:

“Pop pop pop” at the zoo. Hoping it’s fireworks. Police helicopter and units suggest otherwise.”

Confirmed by MPD:

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From MPD:

“This afternoon at approximately 5:17 pm, two individuals were the victims of non-life threatening gunshot wounds while walking in the 3000 block of Connecticut Avenue NW. At the time of this offense, there was a large crowd of people patronizing the National Zoo and there may be witnesses to this crime. Anyone with information on this offense is encouraged to contact the MPD Crime Information Center on 202-727-9099. The police report numbers to this case are 14-055-269. You are not required to provide your name, address, or other pertinent information.”

Ed. Note: We spoke about gun shots in Woodley Park on Mon. 4/14 here.

04/18/14 12:30pm

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From the Washington Humane Society:

“DC resident Charles Palmer, age 35, was sentenced today to 25 months imprisonment, three years of probation, and an order not to own any animals by the Honorable Milton C. Lee, Jr. Palmer pled guilty to two felony counts and one misdemeanor count of Cruelty to Animals, as well as one misdemeanor count of Simple Assault on January 31, 2014.

Palmer was indicted November 26, 2013 on fourteen counts, including five felony counts of Cruelty to Animals and five misdemeanor counts of Cruelty to Animals involving ten different dogs. Three of the ten dogs are now deceased, allegedly at the hands of the defendant, and two of the dogs (Porter and Roxy) were rescued and rehabilitated by WHS. At this time the location of the five additional dogs is unknown.

“Today’s sentencing is a major victory for the animals in the District. This case was one of the most horrific abuse cases my team has ever experienced. The officers who rescued Porter and Roxy, the medical team and caregivers who mended them, and the families who fostered and ultimately adopted them, all played a role in today’s outcome. This sentencing sets a precedent that animal cruelty is not acceptable, can and will be charged as a felony offense in DC, and will be punishable to the fullest extent under the law.” Lisa LaFontaine, Washington Humane Society President and CEO, stated.

WHS was first alerted to this significant abuse on April 23, 2012 after receiving a call that Palmer was allegedly fighting with his pit bull type dog (Porter) and was seen beating him, slamming the animal to the ground repeatedly, bringing him into the woods, and then exiting the woods with just the leash.

During the twenty plus month investigation that ensued, WHS Officers made multiple visits to the defendant’s address following several public reports of animal abuse.

Roxy, a second survivor, was rescued by WHS officers on June 19, 2013. When officers arrived at Palmer’s then address, Roxy was found to have difficulties standing, and like Porter, the young female pit bull type dog was rushed to an emergency veterinarian. She was found to have a broken front leg, broken rear femoral head, a broken rear toe, and two lacerations on her head. After her treatment, Roxy was taken in by a foster family who nursed her back to health and adopted her.

After delivering the sentence, Judge Milton C. Lee, Jr. expressly thanked the Washington Humane Society for stepping up and caring for these animals.”

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Roxy nursed her back to health

04/17/14 10:55am

“Dear PoPville,

I saw a package theft video on your blog and it reminded me to ask if you could post a video of the person who robbed our apartment on March 25th, 2014. At best, one of your readers might recognize him. At the very least, the video and information contained in my post could serve as a warning for people to be more cognizant of the burglary threat in the Dupont/U Street area.

I’ve included a link to surveillance video of the person who broke into our apartment on Swann Street NW on March 25th between 12:30pm and 1:15pm. He broke in through our front window and stole various electronics before departing on foot down an alley towards T ST NW (as seen in our second video feed). He came back two times over a 45 minute period. After his first run, he was gone for 5 minutes before returning for more stuff; after his second, he was gone for 10 minutes. On his second and third runs, he broke into the apartment building door. After his third run, he walked away with a 36 inch flat screen TV.

Because he left on foot and was gone for 5 and 10 minutes, I believe he was stashing the stolen goods in the area north of Swann St somewhere. If he had driven to site, he would likely have parked closer than a 5 or 10 minute walk as there is plenty of street parking during the day. And it probably would have taken him the same amount of time to come back for more. I’ve showed his picture around the area to some local business owners and a few of them recognized him as an occasional customer. MPD found his fingerprints and blood in the apartment. Evidently, he cut himself on something as he was entering the window.

If anyone recognizes him, please contact the MPD investigator at the contact info below:

Nicole Rizzi
Investigator
Third District Detectives Office
1620 V St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-673-6918

04/15/14 9:34am

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a person of interest in connection to a first degree sexual assault while armed and robbery, which occurred in the 1600 block of 3rd Street, Northwest.

On Sunday, April 13, 2014, at approximately 4:00 am, an adult male was walking in the area when he approached an unknown male and asked him for directions. The suspect guided the victim to a nearby alley where he produced a handgun, sexually assaulted the victim, and took his property before fleeing.

The suspect is described as a black male, wearing blue jeans and a white T-shirt, armed with a dark-colored handgun.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. DC Crime Solvers currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for an assault committed in the District of Columbia.”

Update - Video of suspect:

04/14/14 3:15pm

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From the Shaw listserv:

“Last Wednesday a pair of students were unloading a UHaul truck of stuff for Bread for the City and had their backpack stolen. I found the passport and a text book. He lost his laptop and some other textbooks. If you find any books about the Nazis in the area of Marion St please let me know. They are library books and he would really appreciate getting them back.”

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department has announced an arrest has been made in connection with a kidnapping, sexual assault and robbery which occurred in the 1500 block of Meridian Place, NW.

On Monday, May 6, 2013, at approximately 1:00 am, a female and a male were sitting in a vehicle in the 1500 block of Meridian Place, NW, when they were approached by two unknown males who produced handguns and forced them out of the vehicle. The male victim was assaulted at that location and the female victim was taken to the 1400 block of Oak Street, NW, where she was sexually assaulted. Both victims were robbed of property.

On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 23 year-old Ryan Ramotar of Northeast, DC was arrested and charged with First Degree Sexual Abuse while Armed.”

04/10/14 7:26pm

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a person of interest in connection with a robbery while armed, which occurred in the area of 49th Street and Central Avenue, Northeast.

On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at approximately 11:44 pm, a male victim was approached by an adult male suspect in a green, four-door vehicle. The suspect produced a handgun and demanded his property. The suspect fled the scene with the victim’s property including a pet dog, a three-year-old Shih Tzu with silver, white, and brown colored fur.

The suspect is described as a black male, dark complexion, approximately 5’0” in height, 125 pounds, and armed with a handgun.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should not take action, but call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”