If DC’s 911 emergency phone call service goes down, residents in the city can reach out for help using a different phone number. Office of Unified Communications’ (OUC) Alan Etter said someone in an emergency can call the Metro Police Department (MPD) at 202-727-9099 or Fire and EMS at 202-673-7197.
People can also follow the Twitter accounts of @dcfireems, @DCPoliceDept and @311DCgov for live updates on any ongoing problems.
Man Sexually Assaulted in His Home
A man was targeted and sexually assaulted at gunpoint in his home on the 1200 block of Massachusetts Avenue SE on Aug. 28 around 6 a.m. Police reported that a black male about 5-foot-8, stocky, about 200 pounds, wearing a black baseball cap, black shirt and black shorts, entered the house, assaulted the man in the house and stole property from the home before fleeing.
Investigators found no signs of forced entry into the house and believe that the suspect intentionally targeted the victim.
First District police reported an uptick in thefts from cars in the area, which officers believe are being committed by a few individuals. Thieves usually target trendy and popular areas, like around the bars and restaurants in Southwest near Nationals Park and around shops. To help deter the thieves from breaking into cars, the police released a set of tips for residents:
Good news for anyone looking to peruse H Street NE on Sunday: the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced Aug. 25 that it will run the DC Streetcar seven days a week starting on Sept. 18. And, the ride still comes free.
The streetcar will also reduce time between each of the six deployed cars from 15 minutes to 12 minutes — it takes about 20 minutes to travel from the Union Station stop to the turnaround on Benning Road NE. The Streetcar currently runs:
Police are searchign for two suspects who assaulted three people on the 1300 block of H Street NE on Aug. 3 around 12:25 a.m. Police reported that two men approached the group and physically assaulted them. Two were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
In Other News
At 8:53 a.m., police arrested a man on the 1900 block of D Street SE on charges of Shoplifting.
At 1:39 p.m., police arrested a man on the 1900 block of D Street SE on charges of Assault With a Dangerous Weapon.
Work on the Virginia Avenue Tunnel in Southeast will close the Virginia Avenue SE roadway between Fifth and Sixth Streets SE and Eighth Street SE south of Interstate-695 starting in mid-September until the completion of the project in mid-2018. CSX railway transportation announced the last phase of the closures on Aug. 19.
“The closure is necessary to perform the work associated with the second phase of the project, through which CSX is building two new tunnels to replace the original, 112-year-old structure,” CSX said in a statement.
At 3:45 p.m., police arrested a woman at the intersection of E and Eighth streets SE for Shoplifting.
At 12:59 p.m., police arrested a man on the 400 block of 14th St. SE on charges of Shoplifting.
In Other News
There was a theft from a car on the 200 block of Seventh St. SE.
Reporting Illegal Activity
Prompt and detailed reporting of suspicious activities helps prevent crime. If a citizen sees suspicious activity, or any activity that seems out of the ordinary, immediately call 911.
Peter Newsham will take over as interim chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) starting Sept. 17, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Aug. 23.
Currently an assistant chief and a 27-year MPD veteran, Newsham will fill Chief Cathy Lanier's position when Lanier retires from the department next month. She will move on to a role as senior vice president of security operations for the National Football League (NFL).
Man Carjacked at Gas Station
On Sunday, a man was carjacked at gunpoint at a gas station on the 800 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE around 1:34 a.m. Police reported that three black males approached the man with a handgun and drove off in the man’s car.
Woman’s Car Ransacked
Fatal Shooting on 18th Street Northeast
A man died in a fatal shooting on the 1200 block of 18th Place NE on Sunday around 2:05 a.m. Police reported that Dante Miller, 24 of Northeast DC, died after suffering multiple gunshot wounds. Police are searching for the murder suspect.
Home Invasion Robbery
Watkins Elementary starts school for the 2016-17 year at its temporary home in Eliot-Hine Middle School (1830 Constitution Ave. NE) on Aug. 22. The DC Department of General Services (DGS), staff and volunteers helped prepare the renovated classrooms and service rooms over the summer for students to transition into for the new year.
Watkins' regular building (420 12th St. SE) will under go a complete $39.4 million modernization this year with a planned completion in August 2017. The school is a part of the Capitol Hill Cluster Schools.
A man was robbed on the 1200 block of F Street NE around 7:40 p.m. Police reported that two suspects armed with knives approached the victim, stole the person’s belongings and fled in a red sedan car.
In Other News
There were thefts on:
- the 600 block of I St. NE;
- the 1600 block of Maryland Ave. NE;
- the 900 block of 22nd St. NE.
There were thefts from cars on:
About 45 people, including 16 children, were displaced from their apartment building at 1131 K Street SE around 9 p.m. on Aug. 17 when a violent storm ripped off the four-story complex’s roof. No one was injured.
Though DC Fire and Emergency Management Services (EMS) ruled the building structurally sound, the damage to the roof forced the special operations team to deem the building “uninhabitable,” DC Fire and EMS spokesman Vito Maggiolo said. The building is a part of the Hopkins Apartment development owned by DC Housing Authority (DCHA).
On Tuesday, a homeowner was robbed of two bicycles locked to his front porch around 3:45 a.m. on the 1800 block of Bay Street SE. Police reported that the owner woke up to a loud noise and discovered that the two bicycles were gone and his porch damaged by the thieves.
In Other News
At 4:15 p.m., police arrested a man on the 1100 block of Capitol Street SW on charges of Theft Second Degree.
At 2:10 p.m., police arrested a man on the 600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE on charges of Theft Second Degree.
Cmdr. Morgan Kane took over as First District commander last week after Cmdr. Robert Contee moved into an assistant chief role with MPD. Kane has worked with MPD for nearly 18 years and started in 1998. Her first post was as a First District patrol officer, and she later moved up to sergeant and lieutenant in 2007. She earned her promotion to captain and as an inspector in 2015.
At 7:18 a.m., police arrested a man on the 600 block of 19th Street NE on charges of Robbery.
In Other News
There were thefts on:
- the 700 block of Second St. NE;
- the 1000 block of Half St. SE;
- the 600 block of C St. NE;
- the 500 block of 12th St. SE;
- the 600 block of Pennsylvania Ave. SE;
- the 500 block of Eighth St. SE;
- the 1800 block of Bay St. SE.
There was a burglary on the 600 block of South Carolina Ave. SE.
DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier will resign in September and accept a position as head of security for the National Football League (NFL), she announced on Aug. 16.
Lanier, 49, served on the Metro Police Department (MPD) force for 26 years and as the first permanent female chief since January 2007 — a term that included working with three different mayors. She said she couldn't consider another chief of police position in a different city, but will take her skills to the NFL as its senior vice president of security operations.
At 5:33 a.m., police arrested a man at the intersection of K Street NE and Third Street NE on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs.
At 4 a.m., police arrested a man on the 100 block of M Street SW on charges of Robbery.
At 1 p.m., police arrested a man on the 800 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE on charges of Burglary Two.
At 4:15 p.m., police arrested a man on the 500 block of 12th Street SE on charges of Shoplifting.
At 8 p.m., police arrested a man on the 600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE on charges of Shoplifting.