“Dear PoPville,

My husband and I live in the 1500 block of 5th St, NW, in Shaw. Recently, the area’s seen a huge increase in the number of package thefts reported in the Third District. In fact, on the first day that we installed a security camera, we saw someone stealing packages from our front porch (it happened on 1/5/17). We filed a police report but haven’t had any luck identifying the person responsible.

On March 16, 2017, we were struck again by package thieves – this time they were two young black men (late teens or early 20s). I’ve attached the video of this latest left in hopes of drawing attention to this disturbing trend and to hopefully identify the perpetrators. In the video it looks like one of them has a DC Water ID tag hanging from his pants’ pocket. Please let us know if you recognize these two individuals!”

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photo from a previous incident last year

“Dear PoPville,

I’ve noticed a couple cars in the Capitol Hill and Kingman Park neighborhoods (where I live) propped up on cinderblocks with their tires stolen. I saw a Toyota Camry at 13th and D streets in that condition yesterday morning, and late last week saw one near 14th and Maryland.

Is this something you’ve been seeing/hearing reports of?

I guess a Camry could have a specialty tires on it, but short of that I’m confused as to why a Camry would be targeted (as the driver of a pretty popular, fairly standard vehicle (just don’t tell that to my car).”

Ed. Note: Last year we had a number of incidents from Shaw but I haven’t heard of any others in Capitol Hill recently. It seems to come in waves all over the District every 6 months or so.

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From WMATA:

“Metro Transit Police are seeking the public’s assistance to identify a person of interest in an overnight incident in which multiple shots were fired at a Metrobus operating on the D14 route in District Heights, Md.

The incident occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m. Monday, March 27, in the area of Regency Lane and Regency Parkway in District Heights.

A male subject exited the bus and then fired multiple times at the rear of the vehicle. A total of nine bullets struck the bus; however, none penetrated the passenger compartment, and there were no injuries to any of the ten passengers or the bus operator. (more…)

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A reader reports:

“Came out to a bullet hole in my windshield and the .45 cal bullet sitting neatly implanted in my dash board on the corner of 15th and Harvard this morning.

From the impact angle on the dash and condition of the bullet looks like this was a stray bullet shot in the air that happened to land on my car. Went out to my car at 11pm last night and it was fine then, but when I came out at 7 am this morning I found the bullet on the dash so happened sometime overnight. ”

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Corrina Mehiel via Facebook

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Homicide Branch have announced an arrest has been made in a homicide that occurred in the 600 block of 14th Street, Northeast, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

At approximately 4:19 pm, members of the First District responded to the listed location for a report of an unconscious person inside of a residence. Upon arrival, members located an adult female suffering from multiple stab wounds. DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene and found no signs consistent with life. The victim remained on the scene until she was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The decedent was identified as 34-year-old Corrina Mehiel, of Burnsville, North Carolina.

On Monday, March 27, 2017, members of MPD’s Fifth District arrested 28-year-old El Hadji Alpha Madiou Toure, of no fixed address, as a fugitive from another jurisdiction for an outstanding warrant. He was subsequently transported to the Homicide Branch where he was charged with First Degree Murder while Armed and Theft One in the death of Corrina Mehiel.”

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via google maps

From MPD:

“Shortly after 4 PM this afternoon MPD received 911 calls for the sounds of gunshots. Officers responded to the location and located an adult male in the 4600 block of 5th Street, NW, with an apparent gunshot wound. The injury appears to be non life-threatening and the victim was transported to the hospital for treatment. The case is being investigated by the Fourth District Detectives’ Office. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call 202-729-9099 or send a text to 50411.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user VTnardo

From MPD:

“At approximately 0327 hours, MPD officers responded to the unit block of Scott Circle, NW for a report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from multiple stab wounds inside an apartment. The victim was transported to a local hospital by DCFEMS in critical condition. The relationship between the victim and suspects is unknown. Detectives are on the scene attempting to gather more information at this time. The suspects were last seen leaving the building in an unknown direction. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please call 202-727-9099.”

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via google maps

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit has announced an arrest in a 2002 and a 2004 Sexual Assault case from the Georgetown Area of Washington D.C.

The first offense occurred on June 16, 2002, in the 3300 block of Prospect Street, Northwest. The victim was asleep in her home when she was awakened by an unknown suspect who sexually assaulted her. The suspect fled the residence.

The second offense occurred on February 22, 2004, in the 3300 block of Prospect Street, Northwest. The victim was asleep in her home when she was awakened by an unknown suspect who sexually assaulted her. The suspect fled the residence.

On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant, 53-year-old Benjamin Filoberto Paz, of Montgomery Village, Maryland, was arrested and charged with First Degree Sexual Abuse, Second Degree Sexual Abuse – Incompetent, Third Degree Sexual Abuse – Force, Assault with Intent to Commit First Degree Sexual Abuse, and two counts of Burglary One.

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From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal stabbing that occurred in the 600 block of 14th Street, Northeast, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

At approximately 4:19 pm, members of the First District responded to the listed location for a report of an unconscious person inside of a residence. Upon arrival, members located an adult female suffering from multiple stab wounds. DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene and found no signs consistent with life. The victim remained on the scene until transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The decedent has been identified as 34-year-old Corrina Mehiel, of Burnsville, North Carolina.

The person of interest was also captured by an establishment’s surveillance video:

Detectives seek the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a person of interest that can be seen in the photos below. Since the crime, the person of interest is believed to have frequented the Laurel and Beltsville areas in Maryland. (more…)

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Corrina Mehiel via Facebook

NBC Washington reports:

“A woman was found bound and stabbed to death inside her Northeast Washington apartment Tuesday afternoon, days after she was last seen at a D.C. museum. [Corcoran Gallery of Art]”

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal stabbing that occurred in the 600 block of 14th Street, Northeast, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

At approximately 4:19 pm, members of the First District responded to the listed location for a report of an unconscious person inside of a residence. Upon arrival, members located an adult female suffering from multiple stab wounds. DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene and found no signs consistent with life. The victim remained on the scene until transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The decedent has been identified as 34-year-old Corrina Mehiel, of Burnsville, North Carolina. (more…)