Police car lightThree men were apprehended in Near Northeast early yesterday morning as part of a police operation to combat prostitution, according to authorities.

The men were arrested for sexual solicitation on the 200 block of K Street NE, 1100 block of 2nd Street NE and the 1000 block of 7th Street NE, police said. All of the arrests happened between 4:15 and 5:30 a.m. on Thursday.

The arrests came about a month after police apprehended 13 men for solicitation of prostitution in NoMa.

Police also caught a juvenile who is suspected of stealing a chain from someone’s neck in northeast Capitol Hill yesterday.

The robbery happened about 10 a.m. on Thursday in or near the Kingsman Academy Public Charter School, which occupies the former Options Public Charter School building. The school is at 1375 E St. NE.

A school surveillance camera caught two people exchanging words before one of them snatched the chain. A fight then broke out.

Police made the arrest on the scene.


Police car lightMore than a dozen men have been apprehended since Friday in NoMa as part of a covert police operation to fight prostitution, according to authorities.

Police arrested 13 men for solicitation of prostitution near the intersection of K and North Capitol streets NE between Friday and Saturday.

Of the 13 arrests, eight happened between 3:45 and 6:15 a.m. Friday. The other five arrests occurred between 4:45 and 6:45 a.m. Saturday.

The arrests came a week after police apprehended 11 men for solicitation of prostitution during an undercover operation in the same area.

Police have worked to combat prostitution during the past few months with several undercover operations. But most of the previous arrests have been in parts of Shaw, Logan Circle and Dupont.

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North Capitol and K streets (Photo via Google Maps0D.C. Police arrested 11 men for solicitation of prostitution during an undercover operation near the intersection of K Street and North Capitol Street over the weekend.

Police made three arrests on the Northwest side of North Capitol Street between 4 and 5 a.m. Friday morning. On Saturday, Sept. 5, police made an additional eight arrests on the unit block of K Street NE, just across North Capitol Street from the previous arrests. The arrests on Saturday occurred between 4 and 6 a.m., according to arrest reports.

Police Commander Jeff Brown confirmed that the arrests were part of an undercover operation. D.C. Police have targeted prostitution this summer with multiple undercover operations yielding double-digit arrests. Most of the previous arrests have been in parts of Shaw, Logan Circle and Dupont.

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A city organization created to aid sex workers and drug users will open a new drop-in center in Ward 6.

The nonprofit HIPS is planning to move from Brookland to H Street NE in January, executive director Cyndee Clay said. The group that conducts outreach to sex workers on health, safety and housing will add drug treatment and mental health services to its offerings at 906 H St. NE.

Clay said her staff is looking forward to addressing reports of “street-based sex work” and drug use on H Street NE.

“Those are things that we help with,” she said. “It means a referrals to HIPS is just around the corner.”

HIPS was founded in 1993 to serve “individuals and communities impacted by sexual exchange and/or drug use due to choice, coercion or circumstance.” They serve 75 to 100 people of all ages per week.

HIPS, which signed a five-year lease in the two-level, 6,500-square-foot building, plans to reach out to ANC 6A and 6C in the coming months, Clay said.

“I bet we can relieve a lot of problems we see on H Street, rather than contribute to them,” she said.


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