DC Crime Summary – August 13th – August 19th
There was one homicide and several other violent crimes this week in the District. • Gary Thompson, 19, was shot and killed in the Anacostia neighborhood on Saturday afternoon. No suspect information is available at this time. • A 15-year-old has been charged with assault with intent to kill for the Friday morning shooting of a man inside a bathroom of a McDonald’s in the Verizon Center. The 25-year-old victim was conscious and breathing and was taken to an area hospital for treatment. • A man was stabbed early Sunday near Congress Heights. The victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital. • A man who was fatally shot on Aug. 5 between 16th Street Heights and Brightwood Park has been identified as Chijioke C. Agbakahi, 59. • Demetri Goldsmith, 18, of DC, pleaded guilty Thursday in the May 29 nonfatal shooting of a 16-year-old girl near the Anacostia Metro station. • John F. General, 52, has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the 1997 murder of Deborah Kinney. • Chelo Gwathmey, 38, of DC, was charged with first-degree sexual abuse while armed with aggravating circumstances and other related offenses that occurred in 2001 and 2002.
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WUSA9: 19-year-old shot, killed in Southeast D.C. “A 19-year-old was shot and killed in Southeast Saturday afternoon, police said. Metropolitan Police Department responded to the 1400 block of V Street just after noon on Saturday. They found an adult male, unconscious and suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The victim was identified as Gary Thompson, of Suitland, Maryland.”
Washington Post: D.C. police arrest 15-year-old in shooting at Verizon Center McDonald’s “D.C. police have arrested a 15-year-old in connection with the Friday morning shooting of a man inside a bathroom of a McDonald’s restaurant at the Verizon Center. The youth, arrested Saturday, has been charged with assault with intent to kill. Police did not name him because is being charged as a juvenile. The shooting occurred shortly before noon Friday in the restaurant in the 600 block of F Street NW. The McDonald’s is one of several restaurants in the professional sports arena.”
Washington Post: Man fatally shot earlier this month in Northwest Washington is identified “A man who was fatally shot on Aug. 5 in Northwest Washington has been identified as a 59-year-old, D.C. police said Monday. Chijioke C. Agbakahi was shot about 7 p.m. in the 5100 block of Georgia Avenue NW, between the neighborhoods of 16th Street Heights and Brightwood Park. Police did not provide an address for Agbakahi. No arrests have been made in the shooting, and police said they did not know of a possible motive.”
WTOP: Man sentenced in 1997 killing of woman in DC “A man has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the 1997 murder of a woman in Washington. Prosecutors say John F. General was sentenced Monday. DNA evidence had linked him to the death of 38-year-old Deborah McKinney. General, now 52, was convicted of second-degree murder in 2014. Prosecutors say McKinney’s partially clothed body was found in the stairwell of a northwest apartment building on Nov. 26, 1997.”
WJLA: Three people shot in Southwest D.C. near Nationals Park “A man and two women were shot early Wednesday Morning in Southwest D.C. One woman was shot in the leg, the other woman was shot in the hip and ankle and the man had a bullet graze his cheek. Police say all injuries are non-life threatening. D.C. Police say the shooting happened just before 3:00 a.m. in the 1400 block of 1st Street SW, just a few blocks away from Nationals Park. Police say they are looking for a ‘cream or tan colored vehicle’ in connection with the triple shooting.”
Washington Post: D.C. man pleads guilty in Memorial Day weekend shooting near Anacostia Metro “An 18-year-old District man, who was on probation for a previous robbery conviction, pleaded guilty Thursday in the Memorial Day weekend shooting of a 16-year-old girl near the Anacostia Metro station. Demetri Goldsmith pleaded guilty in D.C. Superior Court to charges of assault with significant bodily injury and unlawful possession of a firearm in the nonfatal May 29 shooting. Goldsmith, who has been in D.C. jail since his arrest, is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 19. Goldsmith could face a maximum of 10 to 13 years in prison.”
Washington Post: D.C. post office allegedly doubled as weed distribution center “The acting manager of two D.C. post offices and two of his employees took bribes in exchange for illegally delivering packages of marijuana, according to an indictment filed Thursday in D.C. federal court. Deenvaughn Rowe is charged, along with letter carriers Kendra Brantley and Alicia Norman, with bribery and distribution of a controlled substance. All three were arrested Thursday. According to the indictment, Rowe would monitor the arrival of marijuana packages at the Lamond Riggs and River Terrace post offices. He would then instruct Brantley and Norman to meet individuals, who would offer cash in exchange for the packages, on the street during their routes.”
WUSA9: DNA testing leads to arrest of D.C. man in 2001, 2002 sexual assaults “A man was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on charges connected to armed rapes of two women that occurred in the early 2000’s. Chelo Gwathmey, 38, of Washington, D.C., was charged with first-degree sexual abuse while armed with aggravating circumstances and other related offenses that occurred in 2001 and 2002, U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips and Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier announced.”
NBC Washington: Carjackings increase in DC, Baltimore, while car thefts go down “While car thefts have decreased significantly in D.C., the District has seen an equally significant increase in carjackings. Car thefts dropped more than 11 percent in D.C. between 2014 and 2015, but carjackings went up by 10 percent in that same time period, according to data from the Metropolitan Police Department. There were 134 carjackings in the District in 2014 and 148 in 2015. So far this year, police say there have been 86 carjackings in D.C.”
Washington Post: D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier steps down to work for the NFL “D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier announced Tuesday that she will step down next month to take over as head of security for the National Football League, leaving behind a legacy of community engagement that endeared her from the city’s crime-ridden neighborhoods to the broader national stage. Lanier is ending her 26-year career after recently turning 49, and four months short of serving a full decade heading one of the nation’s highest-profile police departments. She was the District’s first permanent female chief.”
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WJLA: Christopher Barry, son of former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, dies at 36 of apparent overdose “Marion Christopher Barry, 36, son of the late DC mayor Marion Barry, was pronounced dead early Sunday morning at George Washington University Hospital. According to information gathered by Dave Wilmot, a long time Barry family friend, Christopher Barry and friends were at an apartment in the Wellington Park complex of Southeast drinking alcohol and using the drug K2 when Barry collapsed and they could not revive him. They called 911 and Barry was rushed to the hospital. After his father’s death in November 2014, he ran in the Democratic primary for his father’s Ward 8 council seat, but placed sixth among candidates running.”
Washington Post: Maryland man killed by vehicle near Logan Circle in Northwest Washington “A Maryland man was struck and killed by a vehicle early Thursday near Logan Circle in Northwest Washington, police said. At about 2:20 a.m., 44-year-old Armin Amin-Toomaji of Potomac and another pedestrian were crossing the 1400 block of Ninth Street NW from the east curb to the west curb when Amin-Toomaji was struck by a 2003 Mercedes-Benz, D.C. police said in a statement. Amin-Toomaji was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, and the driver of the Mercedes remained on the scene, the statement said.”
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