Woman Arrested in Star Grocery Arson Case

Crime Blotter: August 5

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An employee called DC Fire and Police Monday morning after noticing burn damage when he arrived to open the Star Grocery (1451 Maryland Ave. NE). The on-duty fire investigator was requested by Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

There was fire damage to the building to the left of the store entrance and to a hanging sign, with burned remainders on the ground.

The store was closed and there was no one inside at the time of the fire, but there was damage to the structure of the building. Police classified the case as arson.

A 60-year-old woman was arrested on the 800 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE later Monday afternoon and charged with Arson.

In Other News

At 1:05 a.m. Monday, a woman was arrested at the intersection of P and Half Streets SW on charges of Driving Under the Influence.

At 1:25 a.m. Monday, a man was arrested on the 500 block of 23rd Place NE on charges of Driving Under the Influence.

At 2:58 a.m. Monday, a man was arrested on the 900 block of Seventh Street SW on charges of Aggravated Assault.

At 2:15 p.m. Monday, a man was arrested on the 700 block of H Street on charges of Simple Assault.

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.

When reporting suspicious activity, give an accurate description. Here are some things to include:

  • Brief description of the activity;
  • Date, time and location of the activity;
  • Physical identifiers of anyone you observed;
  • Descriptions of vehicles;
  • Information about where people involved in suspicious activities may have gone;
  • Your name and contact information.

“As we continue to work with our community in the prevention of crime, we ask that if you see something suspicious you contact us immediately,” says First District Commander Morgan C. Kane, MPA.

The Blotter is based on the reports posted on August 6th, 2018 by the MPD to the 1D Listserv and 5D Listserv.