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“Dear PoPville,

Wanted to submit the following from our local list-serv…

“There have been two incidents of assaults in the last 24 hours at the corner of 8th St and L St NE. The police are actively looking for the individual who is described as: a black male, 190+, 5’8″, cropped hair, no facial hair, 20s, wearing blue jeans, a cream sweatshirt and red vest. Please keep an eye out and call the police if you see anyone matching this description!”

And I wanted to add a Props to the Cops (I was one of the victims): After I called to report the assault, the initial police team responded quickly and stayed with me until the special-unit detective arrived. The detective was kind and effective during the interview, and then stayed for an hour going around the block seeking camera footage and providing the description to neighbors. Then I received a call from the Victims’ Services unit, where I had been assigned an advocate. She called me to check in and offer access to free counseling. She also made sure I had all the contact info if I wanted to follow up. Every single person I have interacted with from the police has been very helpful and kind, and they made it clear they take these things seriously, which made me feel much safer in our neighborhood. Thanks to the police!!”

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Around 10:45am @PoPville started getting a number of messages about a large police response in LeDroit Park/Shaw:

“Helicopter circling over 5th/T st area. Tons of sirens. Anyone have info?”

“something is definitely going on. Streets are blocked at 4th & 5th st!!”

“Anymore news on what’s happening in Shaw? Just saw secret service rushing past my house”

“buddy of mine lives right there. Said the cops were chasing someone in a car. Shots were fired. not sure of the exact location of the shots fired. Sounds like there was a foot chase at some point too.”

“streets are blocked at 6th at T and @DCPoliceDept says investigation is at 6th/ T.”

Updates when official word comes from MPD.

Update: “MPD responded to a shots fired call. Chief and PIO briefing the media at 6th & T.”

Full report from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department responded to an officer-involved shooting that occurred in the Unit block of W Street, Northwest, on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.

At approximately 9:46 am, an off-duty MPD officer contacted police saying he had been shot at multiple times at 3rd and U Streets, Northeast. He gave a description of the suspect vehicle, and after a search, officers were able to locate the vehicle operating in the area of the Unit block of W Street, Northwest. As MPD officers approached the vehicle on foot, one of the officers discharged his service weapon. No one was hit, and no injuries were sustained. The suspect fled in the vehicle and was later apprehended in the 1900 block of 5th Street, Northwest. A handgun was recovered from the flight path of the vehicle.

Arrested and charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun), Possession with Intent to Distribute, Fleeing and Eluding and Leaving after Colliding was 29-year-old Edward Darnell Bolling, Jr. of Sacramento, California.

No pedestrians or officers were injured during this incident. This case remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 202-727-9099.”

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A reader writes:

“Almost certainly not a machine gun. More likely AR-15. But even that seems prohibitively expensive (and overkill) for teenage robbers.”

The Washington Post reported:

“Two gunpoint robberies have been reported within the past two weeks in the Georgetown area near the entrance to the Capital Crescent Trail, a scenic recreational site and rail trail that runs from the District to Silver Spring.

Though stress and other factors sometimes impair the accuracy of descriptions given by crime victims, U.S. Park Police said Friday that they were told in both cases that the robbers had a “machine gun.”

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From MPD:

“Today approximately 6:30 AM members of the First District responded to the 600 block of 14th Place, NE for a shooting call. Two adult males were found shot at this location. At this time, one is deceased. There is only a basic lookout for a thin black male who was wearing all black clothing, who fled eastbound towards 15th Street NE.

The case is being investigated by members of MPD’s Homicide Branch. Anyone with information pertaining to this case is asked to call 202-727-9099. You can also text information using MPD’s Text Tip number at 50411.”

A reader writes:

“This is one of the best blocks in that whole neighborhood.”

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Update from MPD:

“Earlier this afternoon, members of the Third District responded to the area of 7th and O Streets NW in reference to the sounds of gunshots. Arriving units observed a vehicle fleeing the area. The vehicle fled toward the area of NJ and O Street NW, where the occupants exited the vehicle and fled on foot. No victims were located, but there were some vehicles struck by the gunfire. As a result of the investigation, we recovered three handguns and arrested an adult male in this incident. The investigation is continuing to identify any others involved.

In addition, we are working to determine if this incident has any relation to the shooting earlier today at 8th and R Streets NW.

Anyone with information on either of these incidents is asked to call 202-727-9099.”

From MPD:

“Units from the Third District are currently in the area of the 800 block of S street NW in reference to the sounds of gunshots. No evidence has been recovered there. However, a few minutes after that call, a male victim arrived at an area hospital with what appears to be a gunshot wound to the stomach. Detectives and officers are trying to determine if these are related incidents at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099.”

Update: Multiple readers report, shots fired (up to 20) all over the area.

Updated photos from readers (unclear if any or all are related to incident at 8th and S St, NW):

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7th and O St, NW

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3rd and O St, NW

assault arrest

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit have announced an arrest has been made in connection with the following Misdemeanor Sexual Abuse offenses that occurred in the Third District:

· 1900 block of 15th Street, Northwest on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at approximately 8:20 am. CCN: 17-006-483

· Unit block of Logan Circle, Northwest on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at approximately 5:00 pm. CCN: 17-006-102

· 1300 block of Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at approximately 8:00 am. CCN: 17-006-367

In all three offenses, the suspect approached the victim and groped her against her will.

On Friday, January 13, 2017, at approximately 10:40 pm, members of the Third District’s Crime Suppression Team located 57-year-old Michael Hilliard of no fixed address. After an investigation by the Sexual Assault Unit, he was arrested and charged with three counts of Misdemeanor Sexual Abuse.”

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From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying and locating two persons of interest wanted in reference to an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun) offense that occurred in the 1300 block of Columbia Road, Northwest, on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

At approximately 4:45 pm, two suspects approached the victim and fired shots at him. Two victims were struck by the gunfire. Both victims were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The persons of interest can be seen in this video:

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.”

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Update on Wednesday’s post “I witnessed what I believe to be a sexual assault at 15th & T Sts NW today at approx 8:30am.” Following is a full release from MPD (and props to MPD who reached out to us immediately to get in touch with the victim and witness):

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit seek the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect in connection with multiple Misdemeanor Sexual Abuse offenses that occurred in the Third District:

* 1900 block of 15th Street, Northwest on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at approximately 8:20 am. CCN: 17-006-483

* Unit block of Logan Circle, Northwest on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at approximately 5:00 pm. CCN: 17-006-102

* 1300 block of Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at approximately 8:00 am. CCN: 17-006-367

The suspect is described as a black male in his 30’s to 50’s, 5’2” to 5’5″ in height, heavy build, dark complexion, and a full trimmed beard. He was wearing a red flannel type shirt. In all three offenses, the suspect approached the victim and groped her against her will.

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.”

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From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announced an arrest has been made in a fatal stabbing that occurred in the 1400 block of W Street, Northwest on Sunday, January 8, 2017.

At approximately 8:05 pm, members of the Third District responded to the listed location for the report of an unconscious person. Upon arrival, members located an adult female, in the hallway of the building, suffering from multiple stab wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where all lifesaving efforts failed and she was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 23-year-old Waliyatou Amadou of Northwest, DC.

On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 27-year-old Deangelo Thorne, of Northeast, DC, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder While Armed.”

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A reader reports:

“I witnessed what I believe to be a sexual assault at 15th & T Sts NW today at approx 8:30am. I was traveling northbound on 15th St stopped at the light for T St NW. A woman was crossing 15th, heading east on the north crosswalk. As she finished crossing and stepped up onto the curb, a man standing on that corner, reached out and down with his right arm and touched/grabbed her front private area. She was visibly surprised, pulled out her headphones and started screaming expletives (I assume, I think I saw a F*** you mouthed) at him. He, without batting an eye or acknowledging her screaming, casually crossed 15th St and then turned southbound on the west side of 15th. (more…)