From Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie:
In response to a spate of recent violent incidents in Ward 5, last week I shared that I would be providing a more detailed update, as well as hosting a series of community conversations around public safety. I called upon Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to increase patrols and have been working with both MPD and Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE) to confront recent challenges. Please find below specific actions taken by MPD and ONSE in response to my requests.
Finally, I want to invite all residents to attend and participate in one of three upcoming community conversations on public safety taking place this Saturday, December 14, Monday, December 16, and Wednesday, December 18 (full details below). While I understand the notice for these meetings is relatively short, I did not want to delay these important conversations.
Update from the Metropolitan Police Department:
The Fifth District Crime Suppression Team is targeting all of Brentwood, Langdon, Edgewood, and Brookland neighborhoods on a daily basis, 7 days a week.
Additional officers and beats: Read More
Thanks to Erin for sending from Brentwood: “After deductive reasoning (reading the back of the tag on the tree), I am led to believe that this small tree is from 2018. I will let you make the final call.”
Last Christmas Tree in Town is brought to you by the Friends of the White Whale Society!
Saw this on my bike ride home tonight on the MBT and it filled me with rage. It’s right by the entrance to the RIA metro next to the emerging Bryant Street development.
Let’s have a debate about neighborhood improvements, but don’t be an asshole homophobe and hide behind your cowardly can of spray paint!”
Update from MPD:
“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Thursday, September 19, 2019, in the 1300 block of Brentwood Road, Northeast.
At approximately 10:21 pm, members of the Fifth District responded to the listed location for the report of the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, officers located one adult male and one adult female victim, inside of an establishment, suffering from gunshot wounds. A second adult male was located in the 1400 block of Rhode Island Avenue, Northeast, suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and EMS personnel responded to the scene and transported the victims to local hospitals for treatment. After all life-saving efforts failed, one of the adult male victims was pronounced dead.
The decedent has been identified as 20 year-old Sean Coleman-Bey, of Northeast, DC. Read More
Photo by PoPville flickr user John Cochran
Why are there seagulls at the Rhode Island Ave. Home Depot? It takes me to the beach each time I go. Who needs Delaware?” Read More
Unfortunately I was out of town over the weekend and received many messages about crime reports over the weekend. While I try to tweet these out as I get them, I’m posting them here for posterity and our historical record. Thanks to all who messaged me and apologies for the late reply.
“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect in connection with a Burglary One and Second Degree Sexual Abuse offense that occurred on Friday, August 30, 2019, in the 1300 block 30th Street, Northwest.
At approximately 1:30 AM, the suspect gained entry to a private residence. Once inside, the suspect sexually assaulted a female victim. The suspect then fled the scene.
The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 20-30 years in age, with bald or short hair. He was last seen wearing a black shirt.
Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727 9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by sending a text message to 50411.”
From Saturday August 31st:
“The First District is currently conducting an investigation into shots being fired in the 1100 block of I St SE. At this time no one has been struck. A vehicle in the area was struck.
The suspects involved in this incident have been described as 2 black male juveniles riding a blue and black Revel Moped. Read More
1905 Brentwood Rd NE photo by DC Fire & EMS
Was just checking in on how they’re doing after the fire and was told:
“catering should rev back up in a few weeks. Sadly, a few more months for the shop. When we do re-open it’s going to be huge….”
6th and Rhode Island Ave, NE
From the Mayor’s Office:
“Mayor Muriel Bowser, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, and Interim Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development John J. Falcicchio broke ground on Phase I of Bryant Street, a 13-acre mixed-use development that will deliver 487 apartment units, a nine-screen cinema, and 35,000 square feet of retail to Ward 5. The District provided a Tax-Increment Financing (TIF) agreement for the first phase of the development, which is expected to generate about $4 million in annual tax revenue. Read More
Photo by DC Fire & EMS
As of Sunday morning I’m told they’ll be closed for “a few weeks” but I’ll be updating as the situation becomes more clear. Official word from MGM Roast Beef:
“MGM Roast Beef experienced a fire last evening. Because of the quick response and efforts of the brave men and women of the dc fire department the fire was well maintained. We hope to re-open in a few short weeks.
Thank you, DC’s bravest.
Thank you for all the calls and support from our NortheastDC community.
We are beyond grateful.”
On Saturday night at 10:14pm DCFD reported: Read More
From MPD at 6:22pm:
“Shooting at 1822 hours in the 400 block of Varnum Street NW. Lookout for Suspect B/M wearing a ski mask.”
From MPD around 7:30pm:
“Earlier this evening members of the Fifth District responded to a call for sounds of gunshots in the 1300 Block of Saratoga Ave NE. Further police investigation determined that an adult male victim had been shot at the location. All further information regarding this investigation will be released by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes Branch which is handling the investigation.”