“Hopefully folks can keep this in mind when trying to stay safe.”

by Prince Of Petworth February 27, 2017 at 2:45 pm 11 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

I had an incident Friday night that MPD refused to take a report for but I thought it would be good for folks to know about anyways. I’m a U Street resident and was returning from my late night shift at the hospital at approx 3:30am last night. I was driving down 17th around the intersection of Q Street which was fairly empty at that hour. A unkempt looking Hispanic man, maybe in his 30’s, wearing a dirty white shirt, tried to flag me down but I did not stop.

I reached a stop sign about a block or so later and the man ran up to the passenger door from behind and pulled the door handle aggressively (which luckily was locked). I cracked the drivers window and told him to leave me alone, thinking maybe he was drunk and thought I was his Uber or something (hey, it’s happened) but the man started yelling at me. I didn’t really hang around to evaluate the situation further but it didn’t seem like there was any way for it to end well.

Hopefully folks can keep this in mind when trying to stay safe.”

  • ParkViewneighbor

    I lived in Brazil for a while and in a lot of emerging countries, people dont stop at red lights at night to avoid this kind of adventures

    • Michael Pierce

      There are definitely moments when DC feels like an “emerging” city.

  • CS

    Had something similar happen to me several years ago on Riggs Rd coming back to DC from College Park. Was by myself late at night, so was pretty scary. I think I did go ahead and go through the red light to get away from him.

  • DupontRes

    “MPD refused to take a report” Is this a legitimate thing? Is there actually an MPD policy that allows for this in certain cases? (Genuinely asking.) The incident described is troubling, but the MPD response is even more troubling to me. When the guy in the story escalates his behavior (or finds a door that IS unlocked), for example, it would be really useful to know that he’d done it before.

    • UStreetCatLady

      OP here responding. Per MPD, there was no suspect available (clearly he ran from the place it happened), and there was “no actual crime” committed.

    • Anon

      I think sometimes they refuse to take a report bc they want to keep the solve rate high. I once had officers refuse to take a report bc “no officers witnessed the incident”? Uh, huh? By the way, in that instance, I insisted the officers call a supervisor, then I sat and waited for 30 min until the sergeant arrived. Sergeant told them to write the report. AG’s office pressed charges. And the person was convicted. #boom

    • anon9

      MPD refused to take a report because it wasn’t a criminal matter, nor was it hardly anything else. A drunk guy tried to open the car door, NFI.

      • siz

        I’m not sure I agree. While I don’t really know what MPD would do in terms of filing a report – it seems like good info to know for officers who patrol the area. This makes me think about Tricia McCauley, who was murdered back in December – her killer was found driving her car with her inside. The public still doesn’t know how he got access to her car, but it’s certainly possible this man (who is unstable) came up to her car and basically forced his way in. Always keep your doors locked. Anyway – again, seems like good info for the officers patroling the area to know, so they can be aware if there’s a pattern of this sort of behavior.

  • Definitely a disturbing event, but I’m honestly not sure what the MPD could really be expected to do/report. A guy tried to open your car door. Was he a drunk yuppie thinking you were his Uber or an axe murderer looking for an easy victim? ALWAYS lock your car doors while driving. I’m actually kind of surprised that DC thieves haven’t figured out how easy it is to snatch purses from the passenger seats of cars with unlocked doors (or worse.) It’s common in most of the world.

    • UStreetCatLady

      They could have easily taken a misc. disturbance report. They could have upped patrol car presence in the area for at least the next couple of hours. At the very least they could have tweeted about it.
      As Smokey the Bear would put it… Only YOU can stop (creeps in your neighborhood).
      I think the key here is awareness. If people are oblivious to stuff that goes on, how are they going to keep themselves safe from it?

      • anony

        Just because a report wasn’t written doesn’t mean the officer(s) didn’t drive around the area looking for the drunk guy.


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