“Metro Transit Police have arrested a Maryland man on felony child abuse charges following an incident earlier this month aboard a Green Line train in Washington, DC.

Espinosa L. LOPEZ, 32, of Greenbelt, Md., was ordered held without bond pending a pretrial hearing scheduled for Friday, October 2.

The victim, a 13-year-old girl, reported to police that she was aboard a Metrorail train at Georgia-Avenue Petworth Station on September 11 when LOPEZ allegedly sat down next to her, exposed himself and began inappropriately touching himself.


From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced an arrest has been made in the homicide that occurred in the 1800 block of Harvard Street, Northwest on Friday, September 18, 2015, at approximately 7:44 pm.

The decedent was identified as 25 year-old Charles Antonio Welch, of Fort Washington, Maryland.

On Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at approximately 1:00 pm, pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant, members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested 27 year-old Antonio Brown of Suitland, Maryland. He was charged with First Degree Murder While Armed in the shooting death of Mr. Welch.”

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“Dear PoPville,

I just got home [Sunday night] from a business trip and after my boyfriend met me at the airport, we decided to cab home to NoMa instead of risk WMATA on a Sunday. We get to the cab line and are handed the normal piece of paper about fares and hop in the black cab marked INDEPENDENT that the guy pointed to. The immediately very rude driver suddenly adds $5.25 to the meter so I asked why and he gets angry and says “If you want to complain you can get another cab” as he pulls onto the parkway. Just before 395, I told him that he’s only supposed to charge an extra dollar for one additional passenger, not both of us, and he pulls off to the side of the road – where there is no shoulder – and says we can get out right there if we don’t like it and that “this isn’t a DC cab.” I guess he thinks he’s immune to the rules somehow.

I shut up so we can safely get home. When we pulled up to our building, we both realize we have no cash and ask him if he can take card – as all cabs are now mandated to be able to here – and of course he can’t. I told him at that point that he can call his dispatch and they can take my card information since he’s supposed to be able to take a card. He starts yelling at me calling me stupid and pulls out a square, so I hand him my card to pay, and as he’s still yelling at me, notice there’s a cop right in front of us, so I tell him if he doesn’t stop, I’ll get the officer.

He then throws his door open, and gets out of the car, comes right by my open door, yells at me that I’m a “stupid b*tch” at which point my boyfriend flips, and I yell to the cop asking him to come help. Officer Crittendon (1st District) jumped right in and calmed the driver down enough so we could pay and leave. As the driver was protesting demanding my information, the officer somehow managed to calm him down again and send him on his way, but made sure we got a picture of his plate and the taxi ID number on the back first. Officer Crittendon then came up and asked if we were ok again and told us to file a complaint with the Maryland Taxi Commission (that’ll be a fun one to figure out) and handed us his card saying we could get in touch if we had any trouble.

It was such a shitty experience, but I was so relieved that an officer was nearby AND helpful! Had to give props and warn others about shady taxis at DCA.”

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“Dear PoPville,

Last week my neighbor’s home at 15th and Buchanan was robbed twice, likely by the same perpetrator within 12 hours! My husband saw the brazen thief exit through the back with the bike that was reported on your blog, as he was in the ally during broad daylight taking in the trash bin. He looked the guy straight in the eye and got a good description. He was wearing a construction uniform to blend in with the construction workers doing work in the ally.

Fast forward only 6 days, we were awoken to a man in the house at 3am yesterday night, who we chased out. Video surveillance at the back of our house caught the robber wearing a police uniform spending about 15 minutes using tools to manipulate the locks on a back window, and opened it an crawled in the house. This was the same man who broke into the neighboring house last week. (more…)

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From MPD:

“On September 23, 2015, at approximately 3:00 pm, Fifth District units responded to the 1600 block of Kramer Street, NE, in reference to the sounds of gunshots. Once on the scene, the units interviewed a subject who indicated that unknown person(s) had shot at him and he further advised that he was not injured. Later during the midnight tour on the same date, members of the Fifth District were able to locate two suspects believed to have been involved in the earlier shooting and place them under arrest. Additionally, the officers were able to recover one handgun in the south alley of the 1600 block of Benning Road, NE. This case is an excellent example of the Fifth District Crime Suppression Team and Patrol officers working hand-in-hand with the Fifth District Detectives’ Unit to make an arrest and get another dangerous weapon off the streets of our community.”

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From MPD:

“On today’s date at around 12:01AM, two citizens walking northbound in the 900 block of First Street, Northeast, were approached by (2) subjects, (1) of whom attempted to snatch the purse off the citizen’s shoulder. During a struggle for the purse, the citizen was sprayed in the face with mace. The (2) subjects then fled northbound in the block without obtaining the purse.

The responding officers obtained a lookout for the two subjects, and during a canvass, two subjects matching the description provided by the victim and the witness were located a short distance away. Those two subjects were positively identified by the victim, placed under arrest and charged accordingly.”

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Thanks to a reader for passing on his query:

“Curious if you have any information on the gun shooting (8 shots heard by residents) at around 5 or 6 last night around 5th and Allison NW?”

MPD reply:

“There were sounds of gunshots and evidence of firearm discharge. We were able to stop a vehicle that fled the scene. One arrest was made and one firearm was recovered.”

Also of note from MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department announced the recovery of 18 illegal firearms overnight in the District of Columbia. Three of the handguns were recovered with high-capacity magazines.”


Arrests Made in Multiple Robbery Offenses (more…)

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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.”

11th and Clifton Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

There’s been a lot of talk lately about crime in the city, and it’s a real concern. However, I had a really good interaction with the police and I wanted to share it.

I live across the street from Cardozo High School and I generally find them to be a great neighbor; staff are friendly, the school is beautiful, and the kids are just kids. Last week, however, as school was letting out, there was a fight. I didn’t see what happened, but police were called and within just a minute there were several police cars and dozens of officers. At one point I counted 25 officers, and I couldn’t even see all of them. They controlled the situation very quickly, got the kids out of the roads, and yelled for them to go home. (I don’t know about the ones in the fight, I only saw officers talking to a small group after everyone else had dispersed.) Kids ran off in all directions. It was the picture of de-escalation.

The officers not immediately handling the fight stuck around for a little bit, talking with neighbors, making friends with the dogs playing on the lawn, and joking with the kids and staff who were left. Their command of the situation and then their relaxed demeanor put everyone at ease.

It was a job well done.”

synthetic drugs seizure via MPD

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department’s Narcotics and Special Investigations Division announced today the arrests of two individuals in connection with the interception of a 500 package that contained 116 kilos of synthetic drugs. The seized packages contained more than 19,000 packets of “Bizarro” drugs, its contents containing XLR-11, a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance, which is the largest single seizure of synthetic drugs in the District – with an estimated street value of $2.3 million.

At approximately 12:52 pm, on September 1, 2015, MPD detectives with assistance from Homeland Security Investigations and Drug Enforcement Administration special agents arrested 33-year-old Siraj Issa, of Northwest, DC and 41-year-old Yenework Abera, of Alexandria, VA, in Northwest, DC. They have been charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Synthetic Cannabinoids. (more…)