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3213 Mt Pleasant St, NW

Ed. Note: Back in 2017 Taqueria Los Compadres was called “Mount Pleasant’s new best kept secret.” Prior to Taqueria Los Compadres this space was home to Lezo’s Taqueria and Tex Mex Burrito before that. Updates when we learn what excatly becomes of the space.

Thanks to Erin for sending yesterday: “Spotted in Mount Pleasant today outside Taqueria Los Compadres. Such a loss for he neighborhood!  Wound up stopping by yesterday and the staff there said they had new owners. Not sure what’s next, but hope they stay open in some capacity!

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From MPD (sent at 5:30am):

“The Third District is currently investigating a shooting in the 3100 block of Mt Pleasant St NW. An adult male has been transported to an area hospital with a non life threatening gunshot wound to the leg. Officers and detectives are currently on the scene investigating.

Motorists and pedestrians can expect road closures in the area as we investigate.

Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099.”

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From MPD around 5pm Sunday:

“The Third District is currently investigating a shooting in the 1600 block of Oak Street NW. And adult male has been transported to an area hospital with a non life threatening injury to the foot.

Motorists and pedestrians can expect road closures in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099.”

From MPD around 8:30pm Sunday:

“On 7/14/2019, officers from the First District responded to the 1100 block of K St SE (inside of a location) for the sounds of gunshots. Read More

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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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via MPD

UPDATE from MPD:

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit have announced an arrest has been made in connection with First Degree Sexual Abuse and Burglary One offenses that occurred in the 1600 block of Irving Street, Northwest.

On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at approximately 1:00 am, the suspect gained entry to the victim’s residence at the listed location. Once inside, the suspect demanded US Currency. The suspect then sexually assaulted the victim. The suspect then fled the location on foot toward the south alley in the 1600 block of Irving Street, Northwest. CCN: 19-087-193

On Thursday, May 23, 2019, at approximately 6:00 am, the suspect gained entry to the victim’s residence at the listed location. Once inside, the suspect demanded US Currency. The suspect then sexually assaulted the victim. The suspect then fled the location. CCN: 19-088-654

On Monday, June 3, 2019 at approximately 2:30 pm, the suspect gained entry to the victims’ resident at the listed location. Once inside, the suspect demanded US Currency. The victims did not comply. A witness heard the victim’s scream and saw the suspect fleeing from the residence. The witness followed the suspect. While following the suspect, he threw a brick at the witness. The suspect was apprehended by responding officers. The witness was not injured. CCN: 19-096-300

On Monday, June 3, 2019, 58 year-old Lester Wilkerson, of Northwest, DC, was arrested and charged with two counts of First Degree Sexual Abuse, three counts of Burglary One and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Brick).

The Metropolitan Police Department would like to thank the public for their assistance in providing numerous tips in this case.”

Last night a reader wrote: Read More

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