Homeowner Fights Off Intruder in Southwest Home Invasion

Crime Blotter: October 8th  

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A homeowner sustained minor injuries defending his house and family when he fought a man trying to break into his home Tuesday morning as the family slept.

At around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, a homeowner of a residence on the 600 block of Fourth Place SW woke up to find an adult male suspect tampering with his rear patio door. While the homeowner called for Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers to respond, the suspect shattered the patio door glass with a shovel and entered the home.

The homeowner confronted the suspect, who was still armed with the shovel, and the two began to fight until MPD First District Officer Zachary Speck made it to the scene and was able to apprehend the suspect before he could flee.

MPD Lieutenant Seth Anderson said that both the homeowner and the suspect sustained minor injuries in the incident.  “Between the tenacity of the homeowner and the quick response by Officer Speck, this incident is closed with arrest,” he said.

The homeowner’s intervention was both brave and effective. Asked last year about intervention in relation to another incident, First District Commander Morgan Kane said that it is up to each individual to determine how to act according to their abilities and personal judgment. “But I cannot in good conscience tell someone to intervene, or put someone in a situation where they can’t defend themselves,” she said.

“We always want to focus on being safe. Some folks will feel safe intervening, and some will not,” she said.

While an arrest has been made, First District Detectives will continue to investigate the matter to prepare for prosecution.  Should anyone have additional information or video that might be related, please contact the First District Detectives office at (202) 299-2025, or the Metropolitan Police Department’s Command Information Center at (202) 727-9099. You can also anonymously text tips, video or photos to the Department’s Text Tip Line at 50411.

Man Arrested in 11th Street Bridge Road Rage Incident

At around 7:15 p.m. an angry driver pointed a firearm at another driver as they traveled on the 11th Street Bridge in an act police characterized as ‘a road rage incident’. Police responded quickly, locating the vehicle near Third and L Streets SE.

Police used the K9 Unit to locate a firearm. The suspect was arrested for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.

In Other News

At 7:03 a.m. Tuesday, there was a burglary at a restaurant on the 1300 block of H Street NE.

At 2:52 p.m. Tuesday, a man was arrested on the 1600 block of Benning Road NE on charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute.

At 10:55 p.m. Tuesday night, a man was arrested at the corner of 18th and D Streets NE on charges of Threatening to do Bodily Harm.

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 October 9th, 2019 by the MPD to the 1D Listserv and 5D Listserv.