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From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating two deaths discovered at a residence in the 200 block of Tennessee Avenue, Northeast on Monday, November 2, 2015.

At approximately 3:43 pm., members of the First District responded to a home in the 200 block of Tennessee Avenue, NE to check on the welfare of the occupants. Upon entering the residence, an adult male and an adult female were located in unresponsive states, suffering from gunshot wounds. DCFEMS were summoned to the scene and found no signs consistent with life. The decedents were later transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The male decedent has been identified as 37-year-old John Robinson of Northeast, Washington.

The female decedent has been identified as 36-year-old Desiree Cooper, of Northeast, Washington.

The cause of death for both decedents is a gunshot wound. Ms. Cooper’s death has been determined to be a homicide. Mr. Robinson’s death has been determined to be a suicide.”

639 Pennsylvania Ave, SE

A reader reports:

“I saw the 7-ELEVEN sign all lit up in the former Remingtons space on Pennsylvania Ave SE. This is right around the corner from the rather notorious one on Barracks Row. I remember from reading about this about a year ago that they usually don’t open 7-11s so close to one another but apparently an exception was made.”


This rental is located at 320 D Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“Adorable 2 bdrm/2 bath on Massachusetts Ave amidst restaurants, Union Station, Capitol Hill, metro, downtown etc. Walking distance to everything! Spacious bedrooms with balcony, hardwood floors, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, washer and dryer in unit and community park a few steps outside!!! Don’t miss out! Can’t beat location!!!”

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $2,900/Mo.

Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

From Denise Krepp, ANC6B10 Commissioner:

“Crime is skyrocketing on Capitol Hill. Every morning we wake up to new police alerts regarding the thefts, assaults, and muggings that occurred the night before. Every day our iPhones ping with updates on the brazen robberies in neighborhoods across the city.

But you know what we don’t see? Prosecutions. The Department of Justice is responsible for prosecuting crimes in Washington, DC and they aren’t doing it. The prosecution rate for misdemeanors is 38%.

The Department of Justice will be at the Tuesday crime meeting hosted by Councilmember Charles Allen. The October 27th meeting is from 7-8:30pm at the Friendship Chamberlain Public Charter School (1345 Potomac Ave SE).

I encourage all of you to ask them the following questions about the crime and prosecution rates on Capitol Hill:

How many crimes have occurred on Capitol Hill in the past 2 years? Please provide specific information about each type – theft, assault, burglary, car-jacking, stabbing, rape, etc.
How many of these crimes have been prosecuted? Again, please break down this information by criminal act.
How many of the crimes have been resolved via plea deals? Please break down this information by criminal act.
Have many crimes have yet to be resolved?

In addition, you should ask them about their relationship with MPD. (more…)

Photo by PoPville flickr user Miki J.


@capitolization tweeted last night how many feel:

“We’re all just walking around waiting to be mugged & hoping it’s not too violent when it comes.”

From MPD:

“Earlier this evening the First District experienced five robberies within a 30 minute time span [The time span was approximately 8:50 pm to 9:30 pm.], the information appears below;

9th & F Street NE; 15-167-747

The suspect approached from behind stating , “you know what time it is” suspects -2/3 approached from across the street, S-2 flashed a gun in his waistband, obtained was a cell phone. Suspects last seen running south on 9th Street. (more…)

317 7th Street, SE

Running a bit behind schedule but the 2nd location for a Bullfrog Bagels has posted a liquor license placard:

“New Restaurant offering a great selection of bagelwiches, brunch and supper. Total Occupancy Load is 35. Sidewalk Café with 7 seats.”

Proposed hours are listed as Sunday through Saturday 6 am – 11 pm. Updates when they get closer to opening.


From the Mayor’s Office:

“Below, please find a statement from Kevin Donahue, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice:

“The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is conducting a review of Monday’s unfortunate incident to ensure that all procedures were followed. Additionally, Mr. Goolsby and Mr. Brown can choose to file a complaint, which will result in an independent review. Mayor Bowser is committed to a fair and thorough review of Monday’s incident.

Since coming into office, Mayor Bowser has championed policies that improve police-community relations. In addition to undertaking community engagement on policing like the #IwishUknew youth forum, the Mayor provided funding so that all 2,800 officers who regularly interact with the public will be equipped with a body camera. If the officers involved here had been wearing body cameras, a recording of the entire incident – from the moment the call came in, to the end of the incident – would be available to those involved, and ultimately to the public. The program has not moved forward because the Council has not finalized rules. The Administration urges Council to pass rules so cameras can be deployed as soon as possible.”

WJLA reported earlier today:

“In a news conference Thursday afternoon, Peter Grenier, the lawyer for Jason Goolsby, a UDC student who was chased and handcuffed by D.C. police, said if his client were white the whole incident would have never happened. He said lawyers are looking into civil rights violations under the Constitution.

A video of the incident shows a young man on the ground screaming as police are pinning him to the ground and jerking his hands behind him as they handcuff him. The incident took place Monday, Oct. 12 on Capitol Hill.”