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Matthew Shannon-Browne

Yesterday we learned that “an individual involved in two First Degree Sexual Abuse and three Burglary One offenses” in Mount Pleasant had been arrested thanks to “A witness heard the victim’s scream and saw the suspect fleeing from the residence. The witness followed the suspect.”

That witness is Matthew Shannon-Browne. And make no mistake, the assailant would not have been caught without his selfless quick actions. I happen to know Matthew and had the opportunity to speak with him today. I learned that he chased the suspect for blocks and blocks through alleys over fences into the woods and back out again for at least 10 minutes before police arrived. The assailant told him he had a gun, threw a brick at him and despite all that Mathew never stopped his pursuit. He heard the screams from his home and made that split second decision to help. “My mother or daughter could be next if he gets away.”

Props certainly go out to the other civilians who helped, and ultimately the police who made the arrest, but without Mathew’s initial bravery this likely would have ended very differently. It’s a miracle no civilians got hurt during this chase. As a result of a few people’s actions so many can now breathe a sigh of relief. The sequence of events that went down before this guy was caught are simply extraordinary. So, I’m saying it anyway, Matthew Shannon-Browne is a straight up hero and Mount Pleasant and the District of Columbia are lucky to call him a neighbor and resident.

If you see him, buy him a beer. From now until forever. Also please read every word of his statement below. His actions were, again, extraordinary but I’d like to emphasize his last sentence: “I hope we can all take time to smile at one another, help one another and be there when others are in need.”

Statement from Matthew Shannon-Browne:

I’m not a hero, I’m a neighbor. If we all allow ourselves to see our neighbors as our family, our sisters, our brothers, our mothers and our fathers we don’t need to protect ourselves with guns or the unnecessary use of deadly force.

The District is my home. I was raised in Mt. Pleasant and see it as an extension of my family. I live beside four households that were attacked by this man. People have been traumatized by his actions, and when I heard my neighbors scream for help and saw him fleeing their house, I instinctually knew I couldn’t allow him to get away. I instinctually knew that if I took my eyes off him he would return to hurt someone else. Maybe next time it would be my daughter, maybe my mother. I knew it wasn’t “The safe thing to do” but I knew deep down in my gut that I needed to help the police stop him. As I confronted the assailant in the alley I called 911 and began to chase him so that the police knew where exactly they could find him. Read More

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From MPD:

“On Monday, March 4, 2019, at approximately 9:30am a woman was double parked in the 1400 block of Saratoga Avenue, Northeast WDC. The woman got out of her car and attempted to adjust the seatbelt that was caught in the rear passengers door. While working on the seat belt a suspect approached the driver side of the vehicle open the door and drove away. The woman attempted to hold on to the door handle but was unable to maintain her grip, two witness observed the incident and invited the woman to ride with them as they followed the vehicle. As they followed the vehicle the woman advised the witnesses that her 18 month old child was in the vehicle sitting in the car seat. Read More

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From MPD:

Sounds of Gunshots N Street SE UPDATE ARREST MADE.

Good evening, just wanted to let all know that thank you to the good number of citizens that came forward with their tips and keen observations, an arrest was made last night relating to this event. First district units were able to locate the individual responsible for discharging the weapon and actually striking 2 unoccupied vehicles that were parked on the street. Read More

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Ed. Note: MPD tells me “This arrest was made possible due to the help from the community. We certainly appreciate it.” These suspects were also charged with the violent robbery and assault where a woman was pushed down a stairwell after being robbed resulting in a broken leg.

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Third District have announced two arrests have been made in reference to an Armed Carjacking offense that occurred on Thursday, January 17, 2019, in the 1400 block of Euclid Street, Northwest.

At approximately 1:12 pm, two suspects approached the victim, while she was at her vehicle, at the listed location. The first suspect assaulted the victim while the second suspect entered the victim’s vehicle. After the assault, the first suspect also entered the victim’s vehicle. The suspects were unsuccessful in taking the victim’s vehicle. Both suspects took the victim’s property from the vehicle then fled the scene on foot.

On Saturday, January 19, 2019, 16-year-old Kaveyon Andrews, of Northeast, DC, and pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant, 17-year-old Thadduse Hartridge, of Southeast, DC, were both arrested and charged as adults with Assault with Intent to Rob while Armed and Armed Carjacking.

As a result of the detectives’ investigation, Andrews and Hartridge were charged in two other robbery offenses that occurred in the Third District. Read More

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From MPD:

“On September 3rd, at approximately 1:20 p.m., Officers from the First District responded to the 300 block of 13th St SE for a report of a robbery. Officers spoke with an adult female victim who stated that a male suspect ran by her as she was unloading groceries from her vehicle. As the suspect ran by, he pulled her purse from her shoulder and continued running. A witness observed the robbery and chased the suspect for a short distance. The suspect eventually dropped the victim’s property, but was able to flee the area. The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 16-18 years old, wearing a gray t-shirt and blue jeans. Fortunately, the victim was not injured during the incident and her property was returned.

The case is currently being investigated by the First District Detective’s Office. If you have any information that may be of assistance, please contact the 1DDU at (202)299-2025, or the Metropolitan Police Department’s Command Information Center at (202)727-9099.”

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From MPD:

“On 8/11/18 at approximately 2310 hours, First District officers were flagged down in the 300 block of 13th St NE for a robbery just occurred. An adult female victim was walking southbound on 13th St NE when she crossed paths with an adult male suspect. The suspect grabbed the victim’s purse, trying to snatch it. The purse was strapped around her body and she tried to pull away. However, when the victim realized that the suspect was armed with a knife, she surrendered her property. Passersby saw the altercation and intervened, Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

My fellow Uber Pool riders and I witnessed a crossing guard hit by a motorist who did not stop. This occurred around 7:30 AM this morning at Georgia and Farragut, NW. The guard was in the middle of Georgia Avenue when she got hit. Our driver pursued the motorist, and one of the passengers called 911. Finally we got close enough so that I was able to read the plate number to other passenger, and she reported it to the police. The car was a small blue sedan, with handicapped plates. They got away, but not before we reported them.

I hope the guard is OK, she was knocked down but appeared to still be conscious. I saw a pedestrian go to assist while we pursued the culprit.”

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From WMATA:

“An alert off-duty Metrobus operator is being credited with the safe recovery of loaded firearm that was carried onto the rail system this morning.

The employee observed a male subject on the platform of NoMa-Gallaudet Station shortly after 9:30 a.m. today. The male was seen showing the gun to another, unidentified individual prior to boarding an inbound Red Line train moments later.

The employee immediately called Metro Transit Police to report what he had observed and provided a detailed description of the subject. The train was intercepted by MTPD officers two stops away at Gallery Place. Read More

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From the Hill East listserve yesterday at 4:30pm:

“I watched a group of male Jefferson Middle School students harass a man at the Potomac Ave Metro this afternoon at 4 as I was on my way to get my own kids from School.

They had some kind of verbal confrontation and picked up a stick or a pipe. The man walked away. I called 911. The children then hid behind a granite retaining wall and waited for him to walk a block. Then, they chased him down the block. I followed. I told a passerby, an African-American man my senior with a USDA badge (whose name I wish I had caught!) that ‘those boys were going to hurt that man’. This heroic fellow chased after the boys to get them to disperse while the intended victim was able to slip into Jade Fitness and safety.

The boys waited for the victim to emerge and then doubled back to the Metro. MPD and Transit Police arrived before they got a second crack at him. Police spoke with the victim on the scene.

MPD’s response was prompt. Neighbors were alert. That’s good news. The bad? The behavior demonstrated by these students.

I spoke with Jefferson staff to report this incident just after it happened to stress the connection between this incident, a recent mugging, and other recent acts of trespass and harassment by a selection of the Jefferson student body.

Though I will leave it to the professionals to come up with a solution for tomorrow’s dismissal at Jefferson, I can certainly say that I look forward to it.

Dan

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Daniel Ridge
Commissioner, ANC 6B-09″

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