DC Crime Summary – March 30th – April 4th
• There was 1 homicide reported this past week, bringing this year’s total to 27.
• There were 17 armed robberies with a gun this past week, and there have been 327 total so far this year in the District. This is a 61% increase compared to this time last year.
• There were 7 incidents of sexual assault reported this past week, and incidents of sexual assault have increased by 42% compared to this time last year.
• So far, there have been at least 1197 gunshots reported this year, and that’s 1 report of gunfire every 2 hours.
• Even though 2015 saw record violent crime in the District, this year is already on track to set new records. A contributing factor is the MPD manpower crisis that saw more than 867 officers leave the force since January 2014.
• A DC Police officer was struck by a car Thursday evening, March 31st, near the Southern Avenue Metro station. The officer was transported to a local hospital, and no information about the case has been released.
• After Sheldon Scott Gordy’s body was found in early January in the Brightwood neighborhood, authorities announced Friday, April 1st, that his death was a homicide. He was reportedly killed from blunt force trauma.
• A 15-year-old boy was arrested and charged with robbing Erin Clowes, 49, along the Metropolitan Branch Trail this past weekend. Over ten other juveniles were involved in the same incident and police are searching for the additional suspects.
• Malik Lloyd, 25, pleaded guilty Wednesday to driving under the influence on New Years and injuring thirteen people on a sidewalk. In a separate case, Mr. Lloyd was also charged with intent to distribute cocaine. He will be sentenced May 25th in connection with both cases.
• Theodore Snyder, 68, was reported missing nearly six weeks ago, and authorities are continuing to search for him. He was last seen near Lincoln Park and is about 5’9” tall.
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Ward 4 Highlights
After Sheldon Scott Gordy’s body was found in early January in the Brightwood neighborhood, authorities announced Friday, April 1st, that his death was a homicide. He was reportedly killed from blunt force trauma. • There were 73 total crimes reported in Ward 4 this past week including 11 violent crimes. Violent crime has increased by 27% in Ward 4 compared to this time last year. • This past week, 2 armed robberies with a gun, 4 other robberies, 1 assault with a gun, and 3 other assaults with a dangerous weapon were reported in Ward 4. So far this year, armed robberies with a gun have doubled, incidents of sexual assault have increased by 60%, and assaults with a gun have increased by 171% compared to this time last year. • There were 25 thefts from automobiles and 8 burglaries reported in Ward 4 this past week.
There was 1 homicide reported this past week, bringing this year’s total to 27. • So far this year, there have been 75 incidents of sexual abuse reported in the District. • There were 7 incidents of sexual abuse and 17 armed robberies with a gun reported this past week in DC. • Armed robberies with a gun have increased about 61% compared to the same time last year. • There were 692 total crimes in DC this past week including 105 violent crimes.
Latest Crime Stats
Recent Crime News
Washington Post: Woman found beaten in September has died from her injuries, D.C. police say “A 43-year-old woman who was found beaten inside a Northwest Washington residence in September died from her injuries on Sunday, and her death has been ruled a homicide, according to D.C. police. Medina Michelle Thornton died of blunt force trauma to the head, according to the D.C. medical examiner’s office. Police said no arrests have been made.”
WUSA9: Man shot in Brookland near Catholic U. “A man was shot Tuesday evening in Washington’s Brookland neighborhood near Catholic University. According to a D.C. spokesperson, the man was in the 700 block of Randolph Street NE around 7:02 p.m. when he heard multiple gunshots and felt pain on the left side of his neck. He ran north to the 4000 block of 7th Street NE, where police say he collapsed in an apartment foyer.”
WJLA: Police: 2 people wanted for robbery in Northwest D.C. “Metropolitan Police are searching for two people wanted for a robbery in Northwest Washington. According to police, the incident took place on March 18 in the 1300 block of Delafield Place, NW. Police released a YouTube video to gain the public’s help in identifying both individuals.”
NBC Washington: DC Man Missing Nearly 6 Weeks: Police “Police in D.C. are searching for a 68-year-old man who has been missing for nearly six weeks.Theodore Snyder was last seen on Feb. 23 in the 1900 block of C Street NE. Snyder is 5-foot-9 and weighs 160 pounds. He has brown hair, brown eyes and a dark complexion. Police do not know what he was wearing.”
WUSA9: Shooting reported in SE DC “A shooting was reported Sunday morning in Southeast, D.C., but police say there was no indication of a shooting when officers arrived. It was reported that multiple people have been shot on Minnesota Avenue and C Street SE.”
Washington Post: Death of District man in Northwest is ruled a homicide “A man whose body was found inside a Northwest Washington residence in January died of blunt force trauma, and his death has been ruled a homicide, D.C. police said Friday. Sheldon Scott Gordy, 55, was found Jan. 5 in the 1300 block of Nicholson Street NW, just off Georgia Avenue in the Brightwood neighborhood.”
Washington Post: D.C. police arrest 15-year-old in Metropolitan Branch Trail robbery “D.C. police on Friday arrested a 15-year-old boy and charged him with Tuesday’s robbery of a man who authorities said was attacked by 14 youths along the Metropolitan Branch Trail, popular for bicycling and jogging in Northeast Washington. Police said the youth, from Northeast, was charged with robbery by force and violence. He was not identified because he is a juvenile. Police said they are looking for additional suspects.”
WUSA9: Woman injured in NE DC stabbing “A woman suffered non-life threatening injuries after police say she was stabbed early Saturday in Northeast, D.C. The stabbing happened at approximately 1:36 a.m. on O Street NE. Police say the stabbing happened after a verbal argument escalated.”
NBC Washington: Tenn. Man Charged With Federal Crimes in U.S. Capitol Confrontation “A Tennessee man shot by a Capitol police officer after police say he pointed a weapon at the officer in the U.S. Capitol building faces up to 55 years in prison on two federal charges. Larry Dawson, 66, of Antioch, Tennessee, faces charges of assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers or employees with a dangerous weapon and assaulting a federal law enforcement officer with a dangerous weapon, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday.”
WJLA: Man attacked by group of teens on Metropolitan Branch Trail “The Metropolitan Branch Trail is a popular eight mile stretch of pavement for pedestrians, cyclists and runners that connects D.C. with Maryland. But it’s also been the backdrop for robberies and assaults. Forty-year-old Erin Clowes was the latest victim. He says it happened Tuesday afternoon near T St., Northeast.”
Washington Post: District man pleads guilty to New Year’s crash that injured 13 in downtown D.C. “A District man pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of assault and driving under the influence following a New Year’s Day crash that injured 13 people standing on a sidewalk outside a downtown Washington nightclub. Malik Lloyd, 25, pleaded guilty in D.C. Superior Court to three counts of assault with significant bodily injury, one count of destruction of property and one count of driving under the influence in the Jan. 1 crash.”
Washington Post: D.C. water permit supervisor pleads guilty to steering fees to own company “A D.C. Water and Sewer Authority permitting supervisor pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal conflict-of-interest charge for approving work applications prepared by his own private company, named after his first name spelled backward, according to court records.”
Washington Post: Former Redskin George Starke arrested at D.C. hotel, charged with hitting wife “Former Washington Redskins player George Starke, a leader of the feared offensive line dubbed “The Hogs,” was arrested Monday at an upscale District hotel and charged with hitting his wife during an argument over attending the White House Easter Egg Roll.”
WJLA: Police: 70-year-old woman missing, last seen in Northeast D.C. “Metropolitan Police are searching for a 70-year-old woman, who was last seen in Northeast Washington. Police said Sonia Diaz was last seen on March 28 in the 2000 block of 4th Street, NE.”
WJLA: PHOTOS: 2 men injured in separate stabbings in Northeast, Southeast D.C. “Two men were injured in separate stabbing incidents that took place in both Northeast and Southeast Washington early Wednesday morning, according to Metropolitan Police.”
Crime Tip of the Week
As the weather improves, runners and cyclists are increasingly using the Metropolitan Branch Trail. With this said, there have already been several well-publicized robberies and beatings along the trail in the past couple of weeks. If you are going to bike ride or run along the trail, or a similar trail, keep in mind the following the safety tips.
• Do not run, bike ride, or walk along the trail if you are alone. Traveling in groups will discourage criminals who are searching for a vulnerable and isolated target.
• Be aware of your surroundings. If a situation or person make you feel uncomfortable the leave. Trust your instincts.
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