Monday, May 19, 2008

Reminder - Dupont Circle/Kal Public Safety (PSA 208) Meeting, Switch to Listserv (no more email list), etc

1)     Meeting - Dupont Public Safety Meeting/PSA 208


Tuesday, May 20th at 7pm at the 3rd District Metropolitan Police Dept Headquarters at 1620 V Street. (Held on the 3rd Tuesdays for Dupont and Kalorama-Sheridan issues and still in the 3D building even though our police work out of 2D.) Our community depends on good communications to and from our police. This is a roundtable meeting where we problem-solve. Bring an issue – no matter how minor. Or email me or our lieutenant to submit items for discussion - Lieutenant Erich Miller. Items presently for discussion:


A)     Aggressive panhandling

B)     P Street late-night crowds

C)    Burglary trend

D)    1400 R Street


2)     Crime trends from Lt. Miller


There were two significant robbery arrests in the last 2 1/2 weeks.  The first robbery arrest was made on 4/26/08 in reference to the commercial parking garage robberies.  Arrested was Lawrence Kelly Baker (43 yrs).  He is believed to be responsible for 9 robberies in PSA 208 this year.  He is currently being held until trial.  The second robbery arrest was made yesterday (May 12).  Arrested was Mark Stublefield, 53years of age.  He is believed responsible for 9 bank robberies in PSA 208 this year.  He is currently being held and has been positively identified in 3 bank robberies so far.  These two arrests are significant because together these two individuals account for 31% percent of PSA 208's robberies this year.


A burglary pattern has developed in the Borderstan and west to 18th St area.  The burglaries occur generally between 0900-1700 hours.  The m.o. is to make entry by kicking in a rear door or window. Almost all the burglaries involved taking laptop computers.  Officers are increasing alley patrols and surveys during the day hours and are stopping and identifying people that don't appear to be residents.  If you could relay to people at the meeting to please record the serial numbers of computers and electronic equipment. If a theft or burglary occurs, we track pawn shop transactions utilizing the serial numbers.  It is very valuable investigative information and we have closed many cases tracking pawn shop transactions. So far in May the burglaries have occurred at:


A)     1728 Swan St--Taken Laptop Computers, TV

B)     1838 16th St.--Taken Mountain Bike

C)    2000 Mass (Commercial Burglary)--Taken Copper Piping

D)    1500 Mass--Taken Comcast Cable TV box and modem

E)     1535 T St--Taken H/P Computer, Bose Speakers, Bicycle

F)     1915 16th St--Taken Laptop Computer, Speakers, Digital Camera


22nd & P: You can announce that we can discuss this at the PSA meeting.  Two primary ideas emerged.  The first will be for MPD to close down P Street between 21st and 22nd Street to vehicular traffic at club let out time.  The goal is to see if we can disperse crowds quicker.  This has worked at other locations.  The second idea is to increase the presence of the ABRA reimbursable detail to perhaps 4 or 5 officers to manage 22nd and P more effectively.  We'll see if this works.  I'm not sure if we'll ever be able to make everyone happy short of shutting down business activity on the street.  The incident you inquired about a couple of weeks ago must have looked more dramatic than it was.  Sgt Phillips requested assistance breaking up a fight.  Numerous MPD scout cars arrived in dramatic fashion.  It might have given an impression of an out of control incident but it was not. 


3)     1400 R Shooting info from Matt Rhoades


We received several e-mails and phone calls from neighbors, wanting to know about the gunshots they heard early Saturday morning, May 17. The following information is from Officer Richard Parrish, part of the Borderstan patrol in PSA 307 (east of 15th Street). Here is information on the early-Saturday-morning shootings on R Street:


A)     The shooting on early Saturday morning occurred between the buildings of 1424 and 1428 R Street.

B)     Two people were shot. Apparently, one of the individuals who were shot was not involved in the incident, but simply happened to be on the block at the time. He suffered a minor injury.

C)    The other individual who was shot, was the intended target because he apparently had an argument just hours earlier with the shooter. He is also expected to recover.

D)    According to officers that were on the scene, the shooting took place on the sidewalk between the buildings on R Street. However, after the victim was shot, he ran up to the area of 14th and T Street, before he collapsed.

E)     Both the shooter and the intended victim do live in the apartment buildings on the 1400 block of R Street. The shooter was arrested later in the day coming out of his apartment building, without further incident. 


4)     Contrary to rumor, all indications are that the death on the1400 block of T was due to natural causes. That’s separate from the above.


5)     Email List


From here on out, we’re just going to send these notices to the DupontForum and the MPD 2D listservs. I started this list before Yahoo and Google Groups got popular. They are far easier to maintain and very easy to sign up for. My ISP no longer allowing emails with more than 50 recipients is another reason to use a listserv. You need to get a Yahoo ID but don’t need to receive any email to that address. The MPD 2D listserv is crime-specific and not as active as the DupontForum. (Set your membership to Daily Digest if you want less email.)


6)     We have over 50 block captains, now. Please inquire with Sol Levine regarding becoming a block Captain and sign up at the Neighborhood Network 208 Google Group.



Rob Halligan

202 319 1313



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