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“Dear PoPville,

Wondering if anyone knows more of what happened with the police stand-off in the housing complex on Park and Hiatt NW on Monday? I live on Park and wasn’t allowed to leave my building from about 3pm on. I walked past the building today and the damage is pretty apparent…”

In response to an email inquiry MPD tells me: “The incident was resolved early Tuesday morning with the suspect in custody. No injuries were reported.” Read More


Photo by Diane Krauthamer

From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser launched the Safer Stronger DC Summer Crime Prevention Initiative (SCI) – a coordinated effort to reduce violent crime in specific areas in the District through strategic prevention and coordinated enforcement. Every year for nearly eleven years, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has identified areas of the city that have experienced a high density of violence and utilized all available resources, including collaborative outreach, to prevent violent crime in those focus areas during the summer months, running from May 1-August 31.

“We bring the Summer Crime Prevention Initiative back each year because the data shows us that it drives down crime in the neighborhoods we target,” said Mayor Bowser. “The reason this initiative works is because it’s not just about policing and it’s not just about what MPD is doing – it’s about engaging people, providing opportunity, and working across DC Government to bring resources and supports to residents who need them.”

Through focused prevention and strategic enforcement and with the support of agency partners, SCI aims to: Read More


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From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Sunday, May 2, 2021, in the 600 block of Edgewood Street, Northeast.

At approximately 8:38 pm, members of the Fifth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. Read More


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From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch, Special Victims Unit seek the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a vehicle of interest in reference to an Assault with Intent to Kill (Gun) offense that occurred on Saturday, May 1, 2021, in the 3500 block of Jay Street, Northeast.

At approximately 6:58 pm, Sixth District members received a call for the report of a shooting at the listed location. When units arrived, they located a juvenile female victim suffering from a gunshot wound. [Ed. Note: The Post reported she is 7 years old and was “was riding a scooter in a courtyard”.]DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

The vehicle of interest was captured by a nearby surveillance camera and can be seen in the photo below: Read More

Ed. Note: If anyone happens to spot the bike you can email me at [email protected] and I’ll pass on to OP.

“Dear PoPville,

As I was riding my bike home tonight, I hear an accident behind me on the corner of Upshur NW and Kansas Ave NW right in front of the Petworth Library. I head over to see if the drivers were ok and call 911. In the rush to make sure the drivers were ok, I did not lock my bike up but leaned it against the railing of the library.

As I am on the phone with 911, two detectives from Third District walk up and tell me they’ve called in the accident. As they tell me this, other bystanders start yelling at me that my bike is being stolen. I turn around and it’s gone. I tell the two detectives that my bike was just stolen as I was talking to them and the response I get was “sorry that’s for 4D, we’re 3D. You’ll need to file a report with 4D” and walked away from me back to their car. Read More


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From MPD Watch Commander last night:

“I’m on the scene with officers and detectives at 3rd and H Streets NE where an Armed Carjacking (Knife) occurred at approximately 8 PM. The victim is unharmed but a 2007 BMW 5-Series with West Virginia tags 757185 was taken. If you see this vehicle, do not take any action other than immediately calling 911. If you witnessed this offense occur or have relevant information to share, please call 202-727-9099 or anonymously text 50-411.

A reader reported: “a shooting at 5th and Kennedy that may have involved a metro bus.”

From MPD:

“On April 29, 2021, at approximately 11:51 AM, gunfire was reported in the 5400 block of 5th Street NW. Officers responded and discovered multiple casings in the area. The Fourth District Detectives are investigating the incident.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099.”

“Dear PoPville,

We have a truly incredible update on the April 7 shooting at 3rd and K Street NE. Mr. Henry (52) was shot 9 nine times, all below the waist, but he’s home now and recovering after four surgeries.

When we heard the gunshots, my partner and I (K Street residents) went to help. A group of neighbors, including a doctor and a nurse, cared for Henry until the ambulance arrived. A few days later, Henry called us from the hospital to say “thank you,” and we’ve since developed a close friendship.

Henry is a wonderful man with a large, loving family, and he’s making a miraculous recovery. He just called to say that he made it up and down 3 flights of stairs today, with the help of his physical therapist. It has only been three weeks, and he’s already climbing stairs! We’re confident that Henry will have a full recovery, and will soon resume his role as a very active caregiver for his many grandkids, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews.

As for the “why did this happen?,” Read More


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Update from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Thursday, April 15, 2021, in the 3600 block of Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest.

At approximately 4:34 am, members of the Second District responded to the listed location for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment. The adult male sustained life threatening injuries.

On Tuesday, April 27, 2021, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 49 year-old Oscar Rodas, of District Heights, MD. Read More

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