A black Acura sedan wanted in connection with a robbery attempt and assault near Union Station earlier this month has appeared in surveillance footage, police said.

The violent attempted robbery happened on the unit block of Massachusetts Avenue NE about 10:30 p.m. June 6.

Video police distributed yesterday in connection with the crime shows someone driving the car around a parking garage.

Authorities said they’re looking for two suspects in connection with the crime. But police haven’t released any footage of them.

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 text messaging 50411. 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.

Video via YouTube/MPD


Free Cone Day (Photo via Facebook/HaagenDazs US)Free ice cream is slated to come to Union Station this afternoon.

A Häagen-Dazs in the train station’s food court is set to hand out one gratis children’s size ice cream per customer in a cup, sugar cone or cake cone from 4 to 8 p.m.

“Reward yourself with a rich and velvety scoop of Häagen-Dazs during our free cone day,” the ice cream company’s website says.

For other participating Häagen-Dazs locations, see the ice cream chain’s location-finder tool.

Photo via Facebook/HaagenDazs US


Union Station Main Hall, photo courtesy of Union Station Redevelopment Corporation

Union Station today officially unveiled its newly restored main hall, marking “the first time the room has been unobstructed in almost 50 years.”

The new room includes “an elaborate system of steel framing to provide a completely new and seismically sound support structure for the historic plaster ceiling,” according to a press release Additionally, the ceiling was repainted and workers applied new gold leafing to its design.

Read more in a press release from Union Station Redevelopment Corporation:

Opened in 1907 as the General Waiting Room of the station, the Main Hall was well known for its impressive scale, stretching 219 feet by 120 feet, with a ceiling height of 96 feet, and grand gold-coffered ceiling. Historically lined with mahogany benches, the Main Hall functioned as large open space until the 1940’s. The onset of World War II resulted in increased traffic at the station, and ticket counters were expanded from the West Hall into the Main Hall, to accommodate the demand. In the 1970’s as train travel declined, and air travel became more popular, ideas to reactivate the grand space were evaluated. The search for a new use resulted in repointing the station as a National Visitor Center in honor of the Nation’s bicentennial. Again, the Main Hall was reconfigured, this time to accommodate a Primary Audi-Visual Experience (PAVE). Sunken in the center of the floor, the PAVE featured a wall of slide show monitors that flashed scenes of Washington. Unpopular, and failing to draw in visitors, the PAVE was closed in 1985, along with the restof the station, for a full-restoration. In 1988 the station was re-opened, with the Center Café prominently positioned in the Main Hall, and additional retail introduced to ensure the station’s long-term economic independence.

In 2011, an earthquake struck Virginia, and damage to the station needed to be
evaluated, igniting a larger discussion amongst station stakeholders and historic agencies on the Main Hall’s preservation and historic restoration.

In 2012, work began on restoring the damaged ceiling, including the installation of an
elaborate system of steel framing to provide a completely new and seismically sound
support structure for the historic plaster ceiling. The entire ceiling bay was also repainted and new gold leafing applied, thanks largely to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and its $350,000 corporate donation from American Express to Union Station. The grant assisted USRC in re-gilding the ceiling inside the Main Hall by aiding in the replacement of more than the 120,000 sheets of 23-karat gold leaf.


Union StationA boy was stabbed on the same block as Union Station this afternoon, police said.

The stabbing happened on the unit block of Massachusetts Avenue NE about 3:15 p.m.

The victim was conscious following the attack.

Authorities stopped someone after the stabbing.

Further information on the incident wasn’t immediately available.


Crime tape (Photo via Flickr/nullvalue)Police have closed a road outside of a federal office near Union Station to investigate a suspicious package.

The 100 block of F Street NE in front of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building was closed around 12:25 p.m., authorities said.

Police are reportedly investigating a container of mail.

This is a developing story that will be updated.

Photo via Flickr/nullvalue


(Updated at 3:10 p.m.) Officers with the Federal Protective Service apprehended a man earlier today after he allegedly broke a window and entered the Bureau of Labor Statistics offices near Union Station.

D.C. Police and Federal Protective Service officers were called to the unit block of Massachusetts Ave. NE around noon on reports of an “unauthorized entry” and “destruction of property” at the Bureau of Labor Statistics office, according to authorities.

A reader of the neighborhood blog PoPville first spotted a broken window at the building earlier this afternoon, alleging that a man had “scaled the building and used his elbow to break in.”

“I can confirm an individual broke a window and gained entry to the building through the window,” said Megan Kindelan, spokeswoman for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “[A] Federal Protective Service officer responded and took the person into custody.”

Rob Sperling, a spokesman for the Federal Protective Service, said officers on the scene found the man, who was injured, next to a broken window on the second floor of the building.

The man was taken to a local hospital after the incident, Sperling said. He has not yet been arrested or charged with a crime, and an investigation of the incident is ongoing.

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Southeast LibraryA would-be thief punched and tried to rob someone he knew near a library on Capitol Hill yesterday afternoon, police said.

The attempted robbery happened next to the Southeast Library at 403 7th St. SE about 5 p.m. Thursday.

The victim was in the area when an acquaintance in search of money punched him twice, according to authorities. The attacker then went through the victim’s pockets, but didn’t take anything.

The victim declined medical assistance.

Police are looking for two people in connection with the crime. They are:

Suspect (1)B /M, 5’9″ tall, 205 pounds, wearing brown jacket, knit cap, Suspect (2) B/F, 5’5″ tall, 165 pounds,dark complexion, black jacket, black pants, no front teeth

Two thieves also punched and robbed a man near Union Station last night, police said.

The robbery occurred on the unit block of Massachusetts Avenue NW about 9 p.m. Thursday.

The victim was in an alley in the area eating when two men approached him, according to authorities. They then punched him in the face and grabbed his bag before fleeing.

The victim was brought to a local hospital for treatment.

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Union Station

(Updated at 8:10 a.m.) An electrical fire broke out on the tracks at Union Station this morning, slowing Amtrak, MARC and VRE trains entering and leaving the District, according to rail officials.

It wasn’t immediately clear if there were any injuries. Metro service wasn’t affected.

We’ll update this story as more information is known.


Union Station Metro station (Photo via Wikimedia/thisisbossi)A 17-year-old boy was arrested in connection with an assault aboard a Red Line Metro train that left one man with a concussion and a broken jaw.

The attack happened between Union Station and the NoMa-Gallaudet University Metro station on a rush-hour Red Line train on Dec. 21. About 5:30 p.m., a group of youths attacked a man on the train after he refused to give them his bag.

Metro Transit Police said in a press release yesterday that a 17-year-old Southeast, D.C. resident was arrested earlier this month. The boy was stopped at the Gallery Place-Chinatown station on Jan. 9. At the time of his arrest, the boy was carrying a BB gun.

Transit Police did not release the name of the suspect because he is not yet 18. Earlier this month, Transit Police released photos of six youths they believed were connected to the assault.



Metro Transit Police released photos of six youths that they believe are connected to an attack aboard a Red Line train that left a man with a broken jaw and a concussion.

The attack happened between Union Station and the NoMa-Gallaudet University Metro station on a rush-hour Red Line train on Dec. 21. About 5:30 p.m., a group of youths attacked a man on the train after he refused to give them his bag.

The youth were able to evade police at the NoMa-Gallaudet Metro station.

Last night, Metro Transit Police released photos of six people they believe are connected to the attack.

Anyone who is able to identify the individuals pictured is asked to call Metro Transit Police Detectives at (202) 962-2121 and reference case #2015-61461.  Tips also can be sent via text message to “MyMTPD” (696873).


Morning Rundown

Historic rowhouses

Capitol Hill Residents Fight ‘Pop-Backs’ Near Union Station — ANC 6C Commissioner Mark Eckenwiler has joined some neighbors in complaining about expansions to rowhouses near Union Station that he says violate city code. [Washington Post]

Barracks Row Eatery Las Placitas Reopens at New Location — Las Placitas restaurant has reopened at its new location at 8th and L streets SE after relocating several blocks South of its original location. [JDLand]

Power Restored After Overnight Outages on Capitol Hill — Capitol Hill residents along East Capitol Street between the Supreme Court and Lincoln Park lost power for several hours last night due to a problem with a circuit breaker, but Pepco now says that power has been restored. [WTOP]

Navy Yard Brewery Honors Capitals Player With New Beer — Bluejacket brewery in Navy Yard released The Chimmer beer, an IPA honoring Washington Capitals player Jason Chimera. [Eater]


Morning Rundown


Person Shot by Off-Duty Maryland Officer at Union Station Dies — Rashad Bugg-Bey, a 25-year-old stabbing suspect who was shot by an off-duty Maryland police officer at Union Station on Nov. 14 has died. The cause of death has not been determined. [WTOP]

Barracks Row Residents (Still) Facing Rat Problems Due to Growth of Restaurants — Residents on Barracks Row say rat populations have exploded in recent years as more bars and restaurants open in the area. [Fox5]

Dunkin Donuts Opens in Union Station Food Court — The Dunkin Donuts location at Union Station has opened. [PoPville]


Union Station Metro station (Photo via Wikimedia/thisisbossi)A man suffered a concussion and a broken jaw after being attacked by a group of youth while riding a Red Line Metro train between Union Station and NoMa-Gallaudet University, the Washington Post reported.

The attack happened about 5:30 p.m. as the train was between the station. According to witness accounts, a group of youth attacked the man on the train after he refused to give them his bag. The youth were able to evade police at the NoMa-Gallaudet Metro station and Metro police are currently investigating to track down the suspects.

According to another passenger who spoke to the Washington Post, the youth punched the man for about 30 seconds before he passed out. The victim’s wife said he received a concussion and a broken jaw in the attack.


Morning Rundown


Public School Students Create Exhibits Exploring Neighborhood History — Story of Our Schools, a program that first launched at Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan, brings public school students closer to the history of their neighborhoods through research projects and field trips. [DCist]

Hampton Inn Opens in Navy Yard — Hampton Inn and Suites opened to guests on Thursday at 1265 1st Street SE. [JDLand]

Bike Lane Between NoMa, Union Station Named Sixth Best Bike Lane in the Country — The protected bike lane along 1st Street NE, which runs from the Metropolitan Branch Train in NoMa to Union Station, was named one of the best bike lanes in the nation by cycling advocacy organization People for Bikes. [Washington Post]


Morning Rundown

Traffic near Union Station

Employees at H Street NW Walmart Fast on Black Friday to Protest Low Wages — Employees of the Walmart at 99 H St. NW and supporters fasted on Black Friday to protest low wages at the chain. [Washington City Paper]

Hill East Buchanan School Demolition to Begin by January — Demolition of two buildings at the former Buchanan School in Hill East at 1325 D St. SE could begin in mid-December and will definitely begin by early 2016 to make way for 32 townhomes and 41 condo flats. [District Source]

Navy Yard’s Park Chelsea Unveils Floor Plans, Pricing — Developers behind Park Chelsea, a 436-unit apartment building at 880 New Jersey Ave. SE in Navy Yard have released floor plans and prices. Studios start at $1,700 and two-bedroom units at $2,900. [JDLand]

Two Tenants Sign on for Upcoming Office Building Near Union Station — Developers of a future office building at 660 North Capitol St. NW in NoMa have announced that the National Association of Counties and the National League of Cities both plan to relocate to the building when it opens in February. [Washington Business Journal]


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