From WMATA:

“Serious crime on Metro remains at a five-year low, Metro Transit Police announced in its 2014 annual security report. In 2014, Part I crime was down 27 percent or about 5.2 crimes per million riders compared to the same 12-month period in 2013.

Transit Police attributed the reduction – which includes Metrobus, Metrorail and parking lots – to multiple factors, including increased customer awareness and outreach, data-driven officer deployment tactics, improvements in technology and intelligence sharing with law enforcement partners.

The drop in serious crime overall continues to be driven by significant reductions in three areas:

Snatch theft of mobile devices – down 52 percent
Bicycle theft – down 22 percent
Robberies – down 35 percent

Additionally, sexual harassment complaints were down 13 percent in 2014.

“I am pleased that our efforts last year resulted in a significant reduction in crime,” said Metro Transit Police Chief Ronald Pavlik. “While we must still remain vigilant and never forget that one crime is one too many, it is important to thank our officers for their hard work, as well as Metro’s employees and customers for being part of the solution.”

In the last 12 months, MTPD’s Criminal Investigations Division has successfully closed several major cases, including: (more…)

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From MPD:

“On Friday, January 30, 2015, shortly after midnight our victim attempted to enter the 7-11, in the 1700 block of Columbia Rd NW, when two males approached him; preventing him from entering the store.

One suspect brandished a knife and demanded money. A witness called 911 and the suspects fled the scene on foot. Nothing was obtained from the victim and the victim was not injured.

The witness provided a detailed description for both of the suspects involved. Officers immediately converged into the area and they were able to locate the suspects and take them into custody. Both suspects were arrested.

Again, this is another example of officers being on their beat and maintaining professionalism. MPD is determined to apprehend and prosecute those who commit these violent acts. Thank you for your support.”

From MPD:

“The complainant reports that his Ipad was stolen from his place of business. Several days later he was contacted by the defendant who stated that he would return his property in exchange for cash. The complainant agreed and when he met the defendant and another suspect at the location, the complainant refused to pay the money at which time the defendant produced a machete and threatened to assault the complainant. This case was closed with 2 arrests.”

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department announced an arrest has been made in an assault with intent to commit first degree sexual abuse, involving an adult female victim, which occurred on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at approximately 1:30 am, in an alley in the 2400 block of 18th Street, Northwest.

On Sunday, January 25, 2015, 54 year-old Mickey Crawford was arrested by members of the Third District on the scene and charged with Kidnapping and Assault with Intent to Commit First Degree Sexual Abuse.”

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From MPD:

“On today’s date [Wednesday?], at approximately 20:45 hours, members of 3-D VICE Unit were conducting covert operations in the area of 1200 Clifton Street, NW when they intervened in an “Attempted Theft-I Stolen Auto” in progress.

Investigation revealed a 15 year old male suspect had destroyed a vehicle window, entered the vehicle and quickly broke the vehicles steering column and ignition switch in an attempt to hot-wire the vehicle. Members of 3-D VICE were able to catch the juvenile suspect in the act and he was subsequently arrested.

During a search incident to his arrest, the juvenile suspect was found to be in possession of a book bag containing numerous screwdrivers, suspected to be implements of the crime for which he was arrested.

Reminder: Vehicle Theft Prevention

1) Utilize an Alarm System
2) Park in Well Lit Areas
3) Lock your Car
4) Do Not Leave Valuable Visible

Look Out for Your Neighbors…”If You See Something…Say Something!”

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From WMATA:

“Metro Transit Police have arrested Delonte Eric BROWN of Southeast Washington, DC, in connection with Monday night’s shooting of two passengers aboard an X2 Metrobus.

Transit Police detectives arrested BROWN overnight in Prince George’s County on a charge of Assault with a Deadly Weapon. He is currently awaiting extradition to the District of Columbia where other charges may be added.

The shooting happened about 10:20 p.m. Monday, January 19, in the 100 block of H Street NW. The eastbound X2 bus was stopped at a bus stop when a male passenger exited through the rear door, turned and fired at least one round into the bus. Two victims, ages 21 and 47, sustained non-life-threatening injuries — one to the hand and the other to the thigh — and were transported to a local hospital.

Within 90 minutes of the shooting, Metro Transit Police released surveilance photos of a “person of interest,” subsequently identified as BROWN. A second person of interest, a female in the company of BROWN, was also identified by detectives late yesterday.”

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From MPD:

“4D Officer Greg Shifley responded to a call for a package theft. The victim had a surveillance camera that captured the suspect go onto his/her porch, open a UPS package, sift through the contents, discard the package, and walk away. Officer Shifley viewed the surveillance footage and made note of the description of the suspect, the suspect’s clothing, and the seemingly empty back pack that he was carrying. While on patrol, Officer Shifley, located the subject that he had previously seen on the surveillance video but this time the back pack was full and the subject was carrying several UPS packages. The suspect was in possession of packages from residences in the following areas:

6700 block of 5th St NW
7400 and 7000 blocks of Blair Road NW
7100 block of Piney Branch Road NW
500 block of Peabody Street NW

He was also in possession of property that were not in packages so we are unable to associate the property to its owner at this time.

Additionally, he was in possession of a screwdriver, so he is probably a good suspect in the theft from autos that have been occurring in the area, but at this point we don’t have enough information to tie him to any actual cases of theft from auto.

This is a good example of a citizen with a good surveillance camera, a quick response and subsequent follow up by Officer Shifley that led to the arrest of the suspect. The suspect is identified as:

Douglas Martinez-Amaya, Hispanic male, 29 years of age, of the 1400 block of Park Road, NW.”

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From MPD:

“On 12/23/14 around 6:30pm,, 21 year old Daniel Hinton was shot to death in the 900 block of Delafield Place, NW. Pursuant to the investigation conducted by MPD’s Homicide Branch, on January 7, 2015, 21 year old Darren Patterson of the 5000 block of 7th Street, NW, was arrested and charged with First Degree Murder While Armed.”

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“On 12/14/14 in the rear alley of the 800 block of Emerson Street, NW, around 4:30PM, the victim was shot during a robbery. The victim survived his wounds. Based on the investigation conducted by the 4D Detectives Unit, an arrest warrant was obtained charging a 17 year old male with Assault with the Intent to Murder While Armed. On 1/7/15, the perpetrator was arrested and will be charged as an adult when he is presented in DC Superior Court tomorrow.

Great job by the 4D Detectives in obtaining an arrest warrant for the perpetrator and great job by the 4D patrol officers, searching high and low for him to get a violent offender off the streets.”

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department announced today an arrest has been made in a stabbing that occurred at an establishment in the 1900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW (Zanzibar Night Club).

At approximately, 1:10 am on Saturday, January 3, 2015, members of the Second District responded to the establishment for the report of a stabbing. The investigation revealed the stabbing occurred following a verbal dispute between two males. The victim was transported to a local hospital. The suspect 35-year-old Joseph Ricardo Johnson of Northeast, DC was arrested and charged with Assault with Intent to Kill.”

From MPD:

“On December 28, 2014, at 11:59am the Fifth District units received a call for a man with a gun walking towards Metro on 4th Street NE. The officers quickly arrived in the 800 block of Rhode Island Avenue NE, and arrested an individual, and also recovered a weapon.

Great Job Fifth District day work officers!!!!”