Robberies of Occupied Residences on Increase, Police Say

Crime Blotter: June 12

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On Monday night at around midnight, a man entered a home on the 200 block of Kentucky Street NE, spending some time in the residence while the occupants slept. When the homeowner woke, the suspect fled with property, leaving the keys to the family vehicle in the ignition in what seems to be a failed car theft.

In an email to the 1D List serv, Captain Michael Pulliam noted that the First District has seen a recent pattern of burglaries where the suspect comes at a home through an alley and enters the building through unlocked doors or open windows, even climbing to reach windows and doors on the second floor.

The suspect then looks for items to steal, even while the home is occupied.

Police did not say whether they believed the robberies were the work of a single suspect or suspects, or were part of a pattern of activity by unrelated suspects.

A robbery Wednesday in Southwest took a more violent turn, however, when suspects entered a resident and threatened the occupants, who were awake. At about 11:40 p.m., four men entered a home on the 200 block of L Street SW. They pulled out a handgun and told the occupants to hand over valuables. The victims complied and the suspects escaped with an unknown amount of cash.

Pulliam reminds residents to be wary. “While we work on apprehending this suspect, please assist us in ensuring that your doors and windows (especially in the rear) are locked and secured, even when you are home,” he wrote.

Police seek video and photos to assist them in both these cases.

Anyone who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099. You can also text your tip to the Department’s Text Tip Line at 50411.

Crime Solvers of Washington DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia.

In Other News

At 1:52 a.m. Wednesday, there was an assault in the course of an attempted robbery on the 300 block of Tennessee Avenue NE.

At 11 a.m. Wednesday, a man was arrested on the 300 block of G Street SE on charges of Simple Assault.

At 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, a woman was arrested on the 400 block of M Street SE on charges of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.

At 1:50 p.m. Wednesday, a man was arrested on the 400 block of M Street SE on charges of Simple Assault.

At 10 p.m. Wednesday, a man was arrested on the 1100 block of 21st Street NE on charges of Operating an All-Terrain Vehicle [on Street].

At 11:13 p.m., a car was stolen on the 800 block of Pennsylvania Avenue 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.

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 June 12th, 2019 by the MPD to the 1D Listserv and 5D Listserv.