Last Wed (Sept 30th) around 11pm, I was getting ready to go to bed when I noticed a man staring through my living room window. I live in an English Basement with bay windows on the north side of Penn Ave on 6th St SE (just a couple of block from Eastern Market). The man actually walked past our gate and was hiding behind a big potted plant in front of the window. The majority of my blinds were closed and I only had the very top opened to let in some light. This is particularly creepy, because you have to get really close to actually be able to see inside, so it wasn’t that he just walked by and saw me, but had to actually come in and move around the plant’s foliage. As soon as he saw that i saw him, he ran out.
I called the cops and they sent an officer who took a report. Unfortunately, there’s not much they could do, but they were really nice and said they would increase patrol in the area and said to keep all blinds closed, especially at night when it’s easier to see inside when the lights are on. I doubted calling them, but they said to please always call when something like this happens. The next day I mentioned it to my next door neighbor and she said the same thing happened to her the week before around the same time. Neither one of us got a good look at his face, but we both noticed he was short, overweight, Hispanic/Latino and wearing a drawstring backpack.
Sending this out to warn anyone else living in this area of the Hill, since he’s clearly done this more than once. If you see him, please call the cops and make a report so they can increase patrol and hopefully catch the creep!”
This house is located at 503 Tennessee Avenue, Northeast. The listing says:
“Sunny Classic Capitol Hill Federal porch-front with basement apt for extra income, to house the in-laws, or a great entertainment area. Renovated, stainless steel appliances and granite counters. Off-street parking! 1-yr Home Warranty provided. OH Saturday & Sunday (Oct 10-11), 2-4 PM. Welcome!”
As of October 5, 2015, Zest will be closed until further notice. We look forward to the opportunity to focus solely on our most recent venture, Agua 301. We have loved our time with Zest, and have had an awesome run.
We are grateful to all our staff, family and friends and would like to say a special thank you to all of our wonderful patrons who have come through our doors over the years, providing us with your business and support. You have made the experience, unforgettable. For our valued Loyalty Members, your points will remain intact and may be redeemed at Agua 301 at 301 Water Street, SE in Yards Park.
We remain committed to the Capitol Hill Community and look forward to serving you at Agua 301.
I really wanted to let the community, and especially other female cyclists, know about an incident that occurred on Monday, Sept. 26 at 4:45 pm.
I was biking north on 6th Street NE and followed by a gray Nissan with MD plates for many blocks. The driver kept his car at pace with me, even though that meant he was holding up rush-hour traffic.
He and his passengers, two other males who I believe were in their 40s or 50s, all were calling out to me. Eventually, the two on the passenger side of the car (the side closer to the bike lane) rolled their windows all the way down, hung out of the car from their waists up, and tried to grab me, touching me many times. Because there were parked cars to my right, I could not always swerve out of reach. Because I was scared, and just wanted to get to my destination where friends were waiting for me and I could get off the street, I kept going.
Eventually, I told the passengers closest to me that this was sexual harassment, and if they didn’t stop, I would call the police. At this, they laughed. They weren’t harassing me, they said, they were just having a little fun. I said ok, I would call the cops. I locked my bike on H Street and dialed. They parked the car and waited until I was clearly talking to someone on the other end before driving away. The cops came, I filed a report, they said they had people looking for the car, and I’m sure that will be all from that end.
But something else that I wanted to write, that I hope won’t sound preachy, that I hope you’ll share with our community:
In the past handful of days alone I’ve been yelled to by bus drivers operating metro buses, drivers and passengers in cars, pedestrians, and in one weird incident, another cyclist. In the fresh autumn dark, I have been chased by a group of high school students. I have been touched, threatened, followed, intimidated, and just in general pretty freaking scared–and I am not alone.
This isn’t new, and it isn’t happening because I am particularly young or good looking (even the bus driver told me I needed to comb my hair). This is happening because I am a female alone in public space in a city. Because under those circumstances, it is expected that I will invite and endure commentary and criticism on my body. It is presumed that I’ll remain silent or complacent as I am buffeted by insults, innuendo, and anger.
I refuse to believe that I am especially unlucky. I do not have a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I do not happen to encounter only assholes and misogynistic loud-mouths in my path.
I’m afraid that, instead, from behind the safety of a steering wheel, behind a windshield, behind the security of anonymity, and in some cases the knowledge that no one they know is watching and there’s no accountability, some (I’ll sound sexist, but yes, predominantly men) are ready and willing to treat a female stranger the way they would never dream of treating their own mother/aunt/sister/wife/daughter.
I am someone’s daughter, aunt, wife, and I do not want to be perpetually afraid. If you’re one of the good people who spills out some ugly when you’re protected by obscurity, please consider the way your actions or words may resonate with their targets.“
“On Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 10:45PM, members of the First District responded to the “Good Stuff Eatery” located at 303 Pennsylvania Ave, SE for the report of a Robbery.
A complainant in this case stated that two (2) male suspects entered the rear of the establishment wearing ski masks and displayed a handgun. The complainant further states that the two (2) suspects then robbed the business of cash. The suspects made good their escape and were last seen entering a 4 door dark colored sedan. There were no injuries related to this robbery.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text message 50411.”
“We live on 14th St. NE and this is the fifth time we’ve had a package stolen and caught the perpetrators on video. We try to have most things shipped to Amazon Locker or various corner stores, but that isn’t always possible. When a package gets delivered to our house, it’s only a matter of time before it gets stolen. Usually never more than an hour or so. As you can see, this video is pretty clear. We’ve filed a police report, so hopefully they track these kids down. They’re very likely from the charter school right up the street.”
This house is located at 1016 East Capitol Street, Northeast. The listing says:
“Stunning renovation in prime Cap Hill location! 6BR/4FB/2HB. Main level features 10′ tin ceilings, stenciled HW floors, LR, DR & gourmet Kit w/top-of-the-line appliances. Sumptuous MBR suite w/Calcutta gold bathroom. LL w/limestone floors, 1BR/1.5BA suite, LR, kitchenette, large storage room & sep entrance. Multiple screened porches & deep, front and rear garden. 23 solar panels on roof.”
I want to find my pair of lost/stolen cowboy boots.
As we were breaking up, my ex took them and gave them to a random girl at Ebenezer’s Coffee House at 2nd and F NE. I’ve made posters to put up around the area, but missing cowboy boots is kind of hilarious, and I really want them back so maybe this would help.”