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Lights for "Safety Zone"D.C. Police are bolstering patrols and providing additional lighting on H Street NE and at four other corridors in the city to protect late night commuters, officials announced yesterday.

Extra police will stand guard at 1400 H St. NE and four other locations each Wednesday through Sunday from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.

The MPD Nightlife Unit created the “nightlife safety zones” to give locals safe places to wait while they figure out how they’re going to get home.

Other safety zones include:

  • 600 7th St. NW in Chinatown
  • 1201 and 1250 Connecticut Ave. NW in Dupont Circle
  • 1925 Vermont Ave. NW and 2014 14th St. NW near U Street
  • 2200 Champlain St. NW in Adams Morgan
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Police are on the lookout for a man connected to the shooting that injured four men in NoMa yesterday afternoon.

D.C. Police officers responded to a report of a shooting in the area of North Capitol St. and New York Ave. NW just before 4:30 p.m. yesterday. When officers arrived on the scene, they found four men suffering from gunshot wounds.

Those men were conscious when they were taken to the hospital, police said.

Additionally, authorities said someone behind the wheel of a car drove into a police officer who was rushing to the scene of the shooting. That officer was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injures, according to police.

MPD is on the lookout for someone described as:

Black male, 5’6″, medium brown complexion, wearing a black mask, dark colored pants and a black jacket.

Read more about the crime in a press release MPD put out yesterday evening:

The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest in reference to a quadruple shooting, which occurred in the area of North Capitol Street and New York Avenue, Northwest, on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

At approximately 4:24 pm, members of the Fifth District responded to a call for a shooting. Upon arrival on the scene, members located four adult males, all conscious and breathing, suffering from gunshot wounds. The victims were all transported to local hospitals for treatment. Additionally, an MPD mountain bike officer was struck by a vehicle a short distance away from the scene, while responding. The officer sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5’6″, medium brown complexion, wearing a black mask, dark colored pants and a black jacket.

Photos via MPD

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D.C. Police are on the lookout for a man who connected to a possible hate-related assault that occurred at an H Street eatery last weekend.

According to a police report Hill Now obtained, two men and a woman got into an argument “regarding juice” at RedRocks (1348 H St. NE) on May 24 just after 10 p.m.

At some point during the argument, one of the men called the woman a “D-ke B—h” and threw a glass bottle at her, cutting her lip in the process. Both men then left the pizzeria, police said.

Police have released a video of a man possibly connected to the crime. In the video, a man in a T-shirt can be seen walking into the restaurant, then walking through a doorway while talking on his cell phone.

Authorities are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a serious crime committed in the District of Columbia. Your assistance is appreciated by your community.

Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE at 50411.

Video via MPD

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BTS 2016 Flyer Back

Locals will be able to eat food, play games and listen to music for free courtesy of D.C. Police later this month.

MPD is scheduled to host its annual “Beat the Streets” event for Ward 6 residents at the King Greenleaf Rec Center (200 N St. SW) June 29 from 2-7:30 p.m.

The event will feature free food, a rock climbing wall, a moon bounce and live music alongside giveaways of school supplies and uniforms, hair cuts and safety information.

The event is meant to help local kids and teens “beat the streets, one neighborhood at a time,” organizers said.

Flyer via MPD

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Woman Shot in Hill East

1000 block of 13th Street SE (Photo via Google Maps)A woman was shot in Hill East just before 3 p.m. today.

The shooting occurred about 2:55 p.m. on the 1000 block of 13th Street SE. The woman was shot multiple times and was conscious and breathing, according to police.

Police have not yet released any suspect description or information.

Photo via Google Maps

 

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300 H Street NEA D.C. Police officer shot and critically injured a gun-wielding man on H Street earlier today, authorities said.

The shooting occurred on the 300 block of H Street NE just before 6:30 a.m. today, an MPD press release said.

According to police, an off-duty officer saw a man leaving a store with allegedly shoplifted items. When the officer tried to stop the man, police said the suspect pulled out a gun.

“The suspect failed to comply with the officer’s commands and the officer discharged his weapon,” continues the press release. “The suspect’s weapon was recovered on the scene.”

The man was taken to an area hospital in critical but stable condition, authorities said.

More information from an MPD press release:

Chief of Police Cathy Lanier and Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department responded to a police-involved shooting that occurred on Sunday, May 29, 2016, in an establishment in the 300 block of H Street, Northeast.

At approximately 6:29 am, an off-duty officer observed an adult male carrying objects from the listed location in his arms and backpack.  The officer attempted to stop the individual for shoplifting, when the suspect produced a firearm.  The suspect failed to comply with the officer’s commands and the officer discharged his weapon.  The suspect’s weapon was recovered on the scene.

The suspect was transported to an area hospital in critical but stable condition.

Investigation into this incident continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 202-727-9099.

Photo via Google Street View

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1100 block of I Street NEThree teens, including one with a handgun, attempted to rob a person near the H Street corridor this afternoon.

The attempted robbery happened just after 12:20 p.m. on the 1100 block of I Street NE. According to a police alert, one of the would-be thieves was between 18 and 20 years old and had a silver handgun. The other two suspects were juveniles.

Police described the suspect with the gun as:

A black male wearing a black hoodie and black pants, 18-20 years old, slim build and armed with a silver handgun

Police said the other two suspects were black male juveniles and did not release any further description.

The attempted robbery occurred several blocks from the scene of another armed robbery over the weekend, which was also carried out by three men whose ages police estimated were between 16 and 22.

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police car3A man was shot in Northeast Capitol Hill on Saturday after an argument with another man.

The shooting happened near the intersection of 17th and D streets NE just before 6:40 p.m. Saturday, according to a police alert.

Police said the two men were arguing over the sale of untaxed cigarettes and began to fight. One of the men tried to escape and heard four or five gunshots as he walked toward 16th St. NE. The man who fled was struck once in the shooting and hospitalized.

On Sunday there was an armed robbery near the H Street corridor. The robbery happened about 10:15 p.m. on the 1000 block of 8th Street NE according to a police alert.

Police are looking for three suspects in the robbery and described them as:

  • Black male with a dark complexion, slim, 16-22 years old, wearing a black sweatshirt and black ski mask

  • Black male with a dark complexion , slim, 16-22 years old, wearing a dark sweatshirt

  • Black male with a light complexion, slim, 16-22 years old, wearing a gray sweatshirt

Early this morning, a person armed with a gun robbed a 7-Eleven near the NoMa-Gallaudet University Metro station. The robbery happened about 4:25 a.m. Monday at the convenience store at 1315 2nd St. NE.

The same 7-Eleven location was robbed by a man with a gun early on Friday morning as well.

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When it comes to the illegal dirt bikes and ATVs zooming across city streets, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says, “enough is enough.”

Lanier and heads of other regional police departments held a press conference earlier today to address the trend of illegal dirt bikes and ATVs tearing down public streets in the District and the surrounding areas.

Crowds of bike and ATV riders have been spotted on H Street NE and near NoMa, among other locales in Captiol Hill.

In her address, Lanier vowed to “pursue relentlessly these illegal ATVs and dirt bikes and move forward with  their destruction.” The department has also released photos of 245 individual photos of ATV and dirt bike riders in an effort to identify and charge them.

“We have tourists and children and residents . . . that are being impacted by this and that’s just unacceptable,” Lanier said. “We are not going to put people’s lives at stake.”

Lanier said the department has already seized 400 vehicles and arrested 100 people in connection with its “latest operation,” but cautioned that further operations would not include risky police pursuits.

“It’s not going to involve single officers getting behind one or more of these vehicles and initiating a pursuit,” she said, citing putting officers and pedestrians at risk as the reason why.

This is not the first time the department has vowed to get tough on illegal ATVs. Police have previously asked residents in the area to report ATV and dirt bike riders. Additionally, Ward 6 D.C. Councilmember Charles Allen co-sponsored a bill to target the vehicles and their drivers last July.

More information on the newest campaign from a D.C. Police press release:

The Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD’s) Criminal Intelligence has gathered close to 250 photos of individuals recklessly driving dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on the streets of the District of Columbia. These types of vehicles are dangerous to pedestrians and other motorists and are illegal to operate on DC’s streets.

The MPD is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the operators of these vehicles as well as any locations where the vehicles are being stored. A reward of $250 is being offered for information on each person identified.

To share a tip, contact the Command Information Center at (202) 727-9099 with your information. The tip must lead to a successful confiscation and identification of the driver/operator of the vehicle.

Photos via MPD

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police car3A scammer who wears a suit and a tie and calls himself “your neighbor Bruce” is reportedly swindling locals out of cash and Metro cards.

Mark Beach, Assistant Patrol District Commander for MPD’s First District, warned locals of the ruse in an email sent over the district’s listserv Friday.

 

The First Police District was made aware of suspicious activity occurring in our community that involves an individual identifying himself as “your neighborBruce“, a nicely dressed (suit and tie) adult male who claims to live around the corner asking to use your phone to call around to various neighbors who had copies of his house key.

This subject “Bruce” claims to have gone outside to empty the cats litter box and his door blew closed, locking him out of his house with his keys, wallet, and phone left inside. He further explains that he has a spare set of keys in his car which he left in Springfield, Virginia and that he could Metro to Franconia and take a taxi to his car if you would loan him some money. He has been successful in obtaining both cash and Metro Fare Cards from caring and compassionate neighbors.

A man named “Gene” with a similar story reportedly swindled locals in Shaw last month.

Locals are encouraged to call police if they see “Bruce” and provide “a detailed description” or a photo of the man, if possible.

“We strongly urge you not to allow this individual in your home or car and do not advocate handing over your phone for this individual to make calls,” Beach concluded in his e-mail to residents. “Again please call 9-1-1 immediately.”

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Anthony ChambersPolice have arrested two men in connection with a shooting at a barber shop near Barracks Row last Friday and released the name and photo of the third suspect.

Yesterday, 21-year-old Terrance Atchinson, a Southeast resident was arrested. Earlier today, 27-year-old Barry Bloomfield of Southwest was also arrested.

Both men were charged with assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the shooting on Friday, which injured a man and his 21-month-old child.

The shooting happened at a barber shop at 1005 8th St. SE just before 1:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12. According to police, three masked men entered the barber shop and opened fire, striking a 24-year-old man in the leg and grazing the man’s infant son. Both victims were treated and released from the hospital over the weekend.

Today, police also released the name and photo of the third suspect in the shooting. The third suspects name is Anthony Chambers and police said he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anybody with information about Anthony Chambers is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099 or text the text tip line by messaging 50411.

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shooting at 1000 block of L Street SE (Photo via Twitter/ DC Police Department)

(Updated at 3:00 p.m.) Two people, including a minor, were reportedly injured in a shooting this afternoon in Navy Yard.

The shooting occurred just before 2 p.m. near the intersection of 8th and L streets SE, according to a police alert.

Three masked men entered Brice’s Barber Shop at 1005 8th St. SE and opened fire. The gunmen struck a 24-year-old man and a toddler. Both victims were struck in the leg and hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

Police are currently searching for a white SUV with no license plates in connection with the shooting.

Photo via Twitter/ DC Police Department

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Man Killed in Shooting in NoMa

North Capitol Street and M Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man was killed last night in a shooting in NoMa.

The shooting happened about 8:45 last night near the intersection of North Capitol Street and M Street NW, according to an email from Metropolitan Police Department Lieutenant Brian Murphy.

Police responded to reports of gunshots in the area and found an adult man suffering from one or more gunshot wounds. The man was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police have not yet released the name of the victim or a description of the suspect. The case is currently being investigated by the MPD homicide branch.

Photo via Google Maps

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Police car lightA pizza restaurant in Hill East was robbed at gunpoint by two men on Friday night.

The NY Pizza at 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE was held up by two men wearing ski masks about 10 p.m. Friday, according to an email from Metropolitan Police Department First District Captain Antonio Charland.

The men entered the eatery displaying handguns and stole cash from the register. There were no injuries reported in the robbery. The suspects were described as two black men between 5 feet 7 inches and 6 feet tall.

On Saturday evening, a person was robbed along the H Street corridor. The robbery occurred on the 600 block of H Street NE, according to a police alert.

The suspect was described as a black man about 5 feet 5 inches tall wearing a sweater with patches on it.

Another attempted robbery was reported in Navy Yard Sunday night. The attempt occurred on the 700 block of L Street SE about 8:55 p.m. according to a police alert. The suspect was described as a black men between 45 and 50 years old wearing all black clothing.

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Police carPolice today announced the arrest of 22-year-old Rondell McLeoud for his part in an armed robbery of the T-Mobile store on the H Street corridor.

The hold-up occurred on Jan. 20 about 12:45 p.m. Police believe that McLeoud and one other person entered the T-Mobile store, displayed handguns and stole money and phones. McLeoud is also suspected of another hold-up of a business on the 3200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE, east of the river.

Police also charged 25-year-old Bryan Jones of Hyattsville, Md. with three robberies in Southwest.

Jones was arrested on Feb. 1 after witnesses to a robbery stopped him and held him until police arrived. At the time, police announced that they believed Jones was connected to two other robberies in the area.

Today, police announced charges in the two other robberies. The first happened on Jan. 7 on the 400 block of M Street SW. Jones allegedly hit an elderly woman on the back of the head and stole her purse. Seven days later, Jones allegedly robbed another woman on the 1300 block of 4th Street SW.

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