Friday, December 1, 2006

Public Safety Lookout and Request for Action

1) Last week’s City Paper well-summarized how I feel about the apparent inability of our justice system to effectively function for repeat minor offenses. There have been 26 cases against Nathan Johnson (mostly for breaking into cars around Dupont) in the past 6 years. I’ve personally witnessed him breaking into a car and got him arrested for it. He could be responsible for half the car break ins in the neighborhood. How the US Attorney and our judges have allowed this to continue is beyond me. The US Attorney’s Community Prosecutor liaison wants us to send Community Impact Statements to her, Marilyn Morey (, in the next few days. Those statements will get to the judge for Johnson’s upcoming sentencing.


Dupont Forum Members (who get the emails in digest form) can get the file attached Community Impact form file at For others, the form is attached.


What we really need is to get the legislature to pass law making it a felony to break into a car and to ratchet up the sentencing so that someone convicted of breaking into cars numerous times goes to jail for a long, long time. Please write CM Phil Mendelson (, the Chair of the Judiciary Committee asking for that new law.



2) These incidents were a bit out of our area but close enough warrant attention:


November 29, 2006
The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public's assistance to identify and locate the person or persons responsible for a series of sexual assaults. It must be emphasized that there is no conclusive evidence they are related, however the suspect descriptions in these cases appears to be similar.
In each case, the suspect has reportedly grabbed a female victim while walking and subsequently attempted to sexually assault the victims. In two (2) of the incidents, the suspect reportedly produced a knife. It appears at this time that none of the victims were physically injured.
The reported incidents are as follows:

1. Monday, November 27, 2006- at approximately 5:25 p.m. in the 500 block of U Street, N.W.
2. Tuesday, November 28, 2006- at approximately 4:30 p.m. in the 400 block of Elm Street, N.W. ( knife used)
3. Tuesday, November 28, 2006- at approximately 4:20 p.m. in the 400 block of T Street, N.W.
4. Tuesday, November 28, 2006- sometime between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the 400 block of Warner Street, N.W. (knife used)

In each of these cases the suspect has been described as a black male, between 18 and 21 years old, 5'6" to 5"10 "tall, light to medium complexion with a short cut "Afro" hairstyle. The suspect is further described as having beady or squinty eyes and may have something wrong with his mouth or jaw. The subject was described as wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with black stripes, a long sleeve tee shirt and blue jeans. This subject should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone who has information regarding these cases is asked to call police at (202) 727-9099.
Inspector Patrick A. Burke
Metropolitan Police Dept. Washington, DC
Third District Sub-Station
750 Park Rd. NW Washington, DC 20010
Office: 202 576-7447
Fax: 202 576-3350
E-Mail: <>
Commitment to Excellence!


You can read this story and view a composite sketch of the suspect on CSNA's website at Thanks Bryan Martin Firvida.


3) The Ward 2 Dems are sponsoring a Public Safety forum Saturday 9am – 4pm at the Foundry Methodist.


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