29 December, 2009

South Korean Nationals Indicted

Four South Korean Nationals Indicted for Conspiring to Sell
Approximately $1 Million in Counterfeit United States Currency

Four South Korean nationals - Park Jong-Suk, 63, Kim Yong-Tae,
51, Lee Jae-Kwon, 54, and An Wi-Joon, 49 - were indicted by a federal grand jury in
Washington, D.C. for attempting to sell approximately one million dollars in highly deceptive counterfeit $100 United States Federal Reserve Notes (FRNs), commonly known as “Supernotes,” announced Acting U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips, Assistant Director Michael Merritt, U.S. Secret Service’s Office of Investigations, and Special Agent in Charge Albert Joaquin, United States Secret Service, Honolulu Field Office. The two-count indictment charges the defendants with conspiring to and committing counterfeiting acts outside the United States.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum term of imprisonment of twenty-five years, a fine of $500,000, or both. The indictment alleges that in October 2008 defendants Park and Lee traveled separately from Seoul, South Korea, to Dalian, China. Defendant Park met with an individual in China, and Park agreed to accept a package from the individual in South Korea. At the same time, defendant
Lee met with an individual in China who provided him with samples of high quality counterfeit $100 FRNs and asked him to find a purchaser in South Korea. Park and Lee then returned to South Korea separately.

Thereafter, Park received a package from an individual in Seoul, South Korea, through
his Chinese contact, that contained approximately one million dollars in counterfeit currency. Meanwhile, Lee contacted defendant An in Busan, South Korea, provided a sample of the counterfeit money, and asked him to find a purchaser for the bills.

On November 3, 2008, defendant An approached a money exchanger in Busan, South
Korea, provided the sample counterfeit bill, and asked if the money exchanger could find a buyer for one million dollars of the counterfeit currency. Later that day, Park was instructed via a mobile phone call from Dalin, China, to immediately meet with a co-conspirator known as “the Dalian Brother” and travel with him and the counterfeit money to Busan. Park and the “Dalian Brother” met that day, and then contacted defendant Kim and asked him to drive them to Busan.

Defendant Kim agreed, bringing a gas gun for protection. On the evening of November 3, 2008, Park, Kim, Lee, and An met the Busan money exchanger at the New Sungnam Hotel in Busan. They showed him approximately one million dollars in counterfeit bills and then negotiated a price for the sale of the false currency.

As the money exchanger left the location to obtain payment, the Busan Metropolitan
Police (“BMP”) moved in and arrested Park, Kim and An. Lee and the “Dalian Brother” fled the scene and were able to escape. Lee later surrendered to the BMP; the “Dalian Brother” remains at large.

During the operation, the BMP seized 9,904 counterfeit $100 FRNs and the gas gun from
a hotel room occupied by Park and Kim. The seizure represents the largest single seizure of this particular type of high quality counterfeit currency to date. All of the co-defendants currently remain outside of the United States.

“This case represents the U.S. government’s continuing effort to disrupt and dismantle worldwide criminal networks that are engaged in transactions involving highly deceptive counterfeit U.S. currency,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Phillips. “We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to aggressively pursue counterfeiters wherever they exist, both here and abroad.”

"Today's indictments demonstrate that the Secret Service remains committed to
aggressively investigating those who choose to counterfeit U.S. currency anywhere in the world" said Assistant Director Michael Merritt of the U.S. Secret Service's Office of Investigations."Multinational cases of this magnitude are only successfully investigated by working closely with our domestic and international law enforcement partners. The indictments in this case will undoubtedly have a significant impact by reducing the amount of foreign manufactured counterfeit U.S. currency in circulation."

The indictment was obtained through the committed efforts of the United States Secret
Service Headquarters Criminal Investigative Division and the Honolulu Field Office. Special thanks are extended to the Busan Metropolitan Police and the Busan Prosecutor’s Office in Busan, South Korea for their invaluable assistance. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brenda J. Johnson and Michael C. DiLorenzo of the National Security Section of the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The public is reminded that a criminal indictment contains mere allegations and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Street Gang member gets 22 Years

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Leader of Local Street Gang Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison

Albert M. Price, 32, formerly of Southeast Washington, D.C.,the leader of the 662 Boss Piru gang, was sentenced today to 264 months in prison, announced
Acting U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips, Joseph Persichini, Jr., Assistant Director in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Washington Field Office, and Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Chief Cathy L. Lanier.

Price received the sentence in U.S. District Court before the Honorable Henry H.
Kennedy, Jr., who also ordered the defendant to serve five years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term. Price pleaded guilty on April 27, 2009 to two federal offenses:
Kidnapping in Aid of Racketeering Activity and Carjacking.
According to the government’s evidence presented at the plea hearing, Price was the
leader of the 662 Boss Piru gang, a criminal gang which holds itself out as being part of the nationwide Bloods street gang. The gang has operated in the District of Columbia since at least 2004. Members of the 662 Boss Piru gang have engaged in gang-related criminal activities including selling narcotics, stealing motor vehicles, illegally possessing firearms, committing robberies and assaults, and promoting prostitution.
On the afternoon of June 8, 2008, Price and other gang members, including Deandre
Tolson, Ceasar Hall, and Lewis Fields, committed a carjacking that commenced outside of the Pentagon City Mall in Arlington, Virginia. Later that same day, in the vicinity of the Benning Road Metro Station in Washington, D.C., Price, Tolson, Hall, and Fields kidnapped and assaulted an 18-year-old female gang member. In April of 2009, Tolson, Hall, and Fields pleaded guilty to kidnapping in aid of racketeering activity and carjacking. Judge Kennedy sentenced Tolson to 168 months of imprisonment and Hall to 120 months of incarceration.Fields is scheduled to be sentenced on January 8, 2010.

In announcing the sentence, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillips, FBI Assistant Director in
Charge Persichini, and MPD Chief Lanier commended the exemplary investigative work of
Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with MPD Sergeants Morani Hines,Kevin Rice, and Michael Lynch, MPD Detectives Darryn Robinson, Derrick Bolding, Thurman Stallings, and Neil Jones, and MPD Officers Charles Monk, Corey Perkins, Marc D’Avignon, Sherrie Forester, Jeffrey Leslie, Chanel Howard, Natasha Pettus, Pamela Cooper, Tony Nwani,Carmen Pagan, Valerie Campbell, and John Holder. They also praised the work of Officer Lenny Smith of the Metro Transit Police, Officer Chris Cryan of the Gaithersburg Police Department, and Detectives Sean Bryson and Chris Dengeles of the Arlington County Police Department.

They also lauded the efforts of U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigator Durand Odom,Victim/Witness Advocate Tracey Hawkins, Paralegal Specialists Gena Johnson and James Mazzitelli, and Legal Assistant Nicole Lee. Finally, they thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Greg Marshall and Mark O’Brien, who prosecuted the case.

Conviction in Shooting Death of 17-year-old Youth

Jury Convicts Northeast Man of First Degree Murder
for Shooting Death of 17-year-old Youth

Antonio R. Harvey, 18, also known as “Head,” of the 1200 block of
18 Street, NE, was found guilty today by a Superior th Court jury of First Degree Murder while Armed and seven related shooting charges for the January 8, 2008, murder of Julian Agurs in the 1300 block of Rhode Island Avenue, NE, an area known as the Saratoga neighborhood, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips. Judge Michael L. Rankin of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia presided over the trial, and set a sentencing date for March 12, 2010. At sentencing, the defendant faces a mandatory minimum of 30 years in prison.

Evidence presented at trial established that on January 8, 2008, Harvey was driving his car in the 1300 block of Rhode Island Avenue, NE, when he rolled down his window and started cursing and yelling at a group of eight youths from the Saratoga neighborhood. The decedent, Julian Agurs, who was celebrating his 17th birthday with friends, yelled back, cursing and saying, among other things, “it’s my birthday.” Harvey and one other person in the car responded with a fusillade of shots, one of which passed through Agurs heart as he ran from the scene. Two other youths, a thirteen-year-old boy and a sixteen-year-old boy, suffered gunshot wounds as well.

The government also established at trial that Harvey had previously shot at one of the boys in the crowd on October 15, 2007, and had wounded that youth in the foot. The jury found Harvey guilty for this shooting, as well as for shooting at the youths on January 8, 2008.

In announcing the verdict, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillips commended the dedicated and
outstanding work of MPD Homicide Detective Carol Queen, who was the lead detective,
Homicide Detectives Tony Patterson and Jamell G. Stallings, Fifth District Officers Kate Wiedefeld and Jame Chatmon, Fifth District Detective Anthony Commodore, Sixth District Detective Joseph Newel, MPD Mobile Crime Technician J.D. Smith, Crime Scene Search Officer Rodney Langford, K-9 Branch Officer Kelvin Dyson, and Emergency Response Technician Sergeant Raymond Chambers. He further praised the outstanding efforts of U.S. Attorney’s Office Paralegal Specialist Ethel Gregory, Litigation Technology Unit Specialist Jeanie Latimore-Brown, Victim Witness Specialists Marcia Rinker and Laverne Forrest, former Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexandra Foster, who investigated the case, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Ambrosino, who assisted with forensic issues in the case, and Assistant U.S. Attorney David Saybolt who prosecuted the case at trial.

D.C. Protective Services Officer Sentenced

The US Attorney reports the following:

Former D.C. Protective Services Officer Sentenced to
12 Years in Prison for Violent Sexual Assault

Washington, D.C. - James Guerra, 39, formerly of the 400 block of 4th Street, NW, was
sentenced today by the Honorable Michael Rankin of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to 12 years of incarceration, after being convicted on July 27, 2009, of First Degree Sexual Abuse while Armed, Third Degree Sexual Abuse while Armed and Kidnapping, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips.

According to the government’s evidence at trial, Guerra, who was employed as a D.C.
Protective Services Police Officer at the time of this offense, and the victim were friends for about a year. The defendant met the victim shortly after she arrived from overseas to work for one year as an au pair. While still friends, the defendant repeatedly attempted to make the relationship more than a friendship and the victim repeatedly rejected his advances.

On September 26, 2008, the defendant lured the victim to his one-room apartment by feigning illness. When she arrived to render aid and saw that the defendant was not sick, she tried to leave. The defendant trapped her inside his apartment and, after an argument, pushed her face down onto his bed, punched her in the back and head, covered her head with a blanket, and choked her. He then wielded a sharp knife at the victim and told her that he would kill her.

After handcuffing the victim’s wrists together and belting the handcuffs to the bed, the defendant raped the victim while she struggled to stop him.

In announcing the sentence, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillips commended lead Metropolitan
Police Department (MPD) Detective Wandella Fields, who did an exemplary job investigating the case and working with the victim and other witnesses. He also praised the outstanding assistance of MPD Detective Wallace Carmichael, Mobile Crime Officers George Klein, John Holder, Leother Strong, Officer Sarah Pezzat, and Detective Derek Bolding. Acting U.S. Attorney Phillips particularly noted the assistance of U.S. Secret Service Agent Kyo Dolan, who processed the cell phones and provided tremendous litigation support. He also praised the work of Paralegals Gena Johnson, Joyce Arthur, and Jason Manuel, Legal Assistant Tiffany Jones,
Criminal Investigator John Marsh, Intelligence Analyst Larry Grasso, Law Clerk Charles (Andy) Davis, and Jeanie Latimore-Brown and Dontrell Smith from Litigation Services. Additionally, the commended Victim/Witness Advocates Tracey Hawkins and Veronica Vaughn for their work with the victim and witnesses, and David Foster who assisted the victim and witnesses in returning to the United States to testify.

Finally, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillips expressed his appreciation to Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sharon Donovan and Tracey Lankler, who investigated and prosecuted this case.

Arvell Stewart Alston Murder Case

Fourth Arrest Made in Arvell Stewart Alston Murder Case

Detectives assigned to the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announced today that a fourth arrest has been made in the murder of 40-year-old Arvell Stewart Alston, who was shot to death in the 4300 block of 4th Street, SE shortly before 9 pm on Tuesday, December 1, 2009. A second victim, whose identity is being withheld due to witness status, was also shot during the commission of this crime.

On Monday, December 28, 2009, at approximately 9:30 am, 19-year-old Jarvis Lamont Clark of the 4000 block of Lyons Street in Temple Hills, Maryland, was apprehended by members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force. Mr. Clark was arrested, without incident, in Fort Washington, Maryland and then was transported to the Homicide Branch for processing. Like his co-defendants, Mr. Clark has been charged with First Degree Felony Murder While Armed in the death of Arvell Alston.

On December 11, 2009, the first arrest was made in this case. On December 15, 2009, the second and third arrests were made.

One additional suspect is still being sought in this case. He is wanted on a DC Superior Court arrest warrant also charging him with First Degree Felony Murder While Armed. He has been identified as 33-year-old Lynn Daniel Wilkerson of Cheltenham, Maryland. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information regarding Wilkerson’s whereabouts is asked to call police at 202-727-9099 or 1-888-919-CRIM[E] (1-888-919-2746).

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.

Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to DC CRIME SOLVERS at 1-866-411-TIPS and to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. If the information provided by the caller to the Crime Solvers Unit leads to an arrest and indictment, that caller will be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

1993 Murder Case Arrest

D.C. Police make an arrest from 16 years ago, story below
Arrest Made in 1993 Murder Case

The Metropolitan Police Department has announced that an arrest has been made in the murder of LeCedric Gaino, which occurred on 11th Street, NW in June of 1993. On Wednesday, December 23, 2009, at approximately 5:45 am, members of the department’s Warrant Squad arrested 35-year-old Jobe Toby pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant charging him with Murder in the First Degree in connection with the death of Mr. Gaino.

Shortly after 9 pm on Saturday, June 5, 1993, officers assigned to the Fourth District responded to the 3500 block of 11th Street, NW to investigate the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, they located LeCedric Gaino suffering from gunshot wounds to the head. Mr. Gaino was transported to the Washington Hospital Center where he was pronounced dead.

22 December, 2009

Police Visibility in 102

In response to concerns from residents of PSA 102, Police are increasing visibility of police throughout the area


With colder temperatures taking hold in DC, there’s something that police officers are on the lookout for: motorists who leave their vehicles running while unattended. In 2007, an estimated 6,200 vehicles were reported stolen in DC, according to preliminary statistics.

And while it is impossible to tell how many auto thefts are the result of running vehicles left unattended, national statistics show that more than 20 percent of stolen autos had the key left in the ignition. As colder temperature settle in, some drivers will be tempted to run their vehicle to warm it up, while they remain indoors. Other motorists may leave their vehicles running while they dash into a convenience store or other location. Their reasoning: they will be away from their cars for only a “brief” minute or two. In either instance, the practice is unwise, unsafe and illegal in the District of Columbia. Some auto thieves need as little as a
minute to break into and steal a vehicle that is locked and without a key. The time needed to steal a car that is unlocked, unattended and running is literally a matter of seconds. And under DC law, motorists who leave a motor vehicle running and unattended can receive a $50 ticket and the vehicle may be impounded. This cold-weather season, the MPD asks all This cold-weather season, the MPD asks all motorists to take appropriate measures to avoid being the victim of auto theft and to never leave their
vehicles running unattended.



The Metropolitan Police Department, DC Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Comcast announced
the launch of Police Blotter On Demand, a public service initiative that will give area residents the opportunity to help the police locate fugitives from justice and provide information or tips on persons in question.

Police Blotter On Demand features regularly updated video profiles of individuals from Washington, DC’s “Most Wanted” list. Comcast Digital TV customers in the District of Columbia and the surrounding areas including Montgomery County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County and Northern Virginia can view Police Blotter On Demand video profiles any time of the day or night at no additional cost. The profiles include information on how viewers with knowledge about the profiled individuals can contact the police anonymously.

“With Comcast’s On Demand technology, we are able to use another resource to inform
residents in the Metropolitan area and enlist their support in tracking down criminals,” said Chief of Police Cathy L. Lanier. “As law enforcement officers, we are committed to protecting our communities and keeping dangerous criminals off the streets, and with Comcast’s Police Blotter On Demand, we hope to bring even more fugitives to justice.”

“This creative partnership between the Metropolitan Police Department and Comcast will give District residents the unique opportunity to take action and work together with law enforcement to help reduce crime,” said DC Mayor Fenty.

Snowball Incident

MPD investigates the Following Incident in the 3rd District:

December 21, 2009
Statement from Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier Regarding 14th and U Street Incident

As Chief of Police, I wanted to respond to the many messages received to our police listserv groups last night in reference to the off-duty police officer’s actions on last Saturday. I have reviewed the video clips and heard from the public. It is very obvious to me that the officer pulled his service weapon in response to the snowballs hitting his vehicle. I have no doubt about this, nor has the officer denied the accusations.

Let me be very clear in stating that I believe the actions of the officer were totally inappropriate! In no way, should he have handled the situation in this manner. We have taken swift action by placing him on non-contact status until all the facts are gathered and discipline is handed down.

This officer’s conduct, in no way, reflects the training and the standards we hold each officer to at the Metropolitan Police Department. During the course of this horrendous snow storm, our officers worked hard and made many significant arrests for drug and burglary crimes, as well as gun recoveries. What is so disturbing is that, up until this incident, I had received several messages of thanks from the many people our officers assisted when their cars became disabled in the blizzard conditions. So it does not sit well with me that the negative actions of one officer has become “viral” during a time when so many officers have done so much good.

I can assure you that we do take this matter very seriously and will handle it appropriately.

The video clips and the number of witnesses willing to come forward have proven a point I have reiterated, you are the additional eyes and ears in the community and your feedback in solving criminal complaints are crucial.

My office is receptive to this kind of information. I encourage all residents to remain active in our fight against crime and to know that at MPD, we believe no one is above the law.

Cathy L. Lanier

Chief of Police

Incident Involving Snowball Throwing Crowd in the 1400 Block of U Street, NW
The Metropolitan Police Department is looking into the circumstances involving the report of officers “pulling their guns” on a crowd that had been throwing snowballs in the area of 14th and U Streets, NW.

On Saturday, December 19, 2009, an off-duty MPD member was reportedly operating his personal vehicle in the 1400 block of U Street, NW, when the vehicle was suddenly pelted with a barrage of snowballs. The member who was in plainclothes, stopped his vehicle to inspect for any damage that may have occurred. He then reportedly identified himself and went to investigate a crowd that had gathered as being the possible origins of the projectiles. Due to the number of individuals in the crowd and developing traffic conditions, the member called for assistance.

Arriving officers from the Third District responded to the scene for the report of a possible man with a gun incident unfolding at that location. Responding officers cautiously approached the scene as is protocol with a potentially dangerous assignment such as an armed individual, but at this time there is no evidence that they pointed any weapons in the direction of the crowd or at any individuals. Those officers were quickly able to ascertain that the individual in question was indeed a fellow sworn member and were able to deescalate the situation quickly without incident or injury.

The original videotape footage shown yesterday by a local media outlet did not appear to visibly show the off-duty member drawing his weapon during the course of his actions. However, the department has subsequently received additional images and statements that would seem to support the allegation that the off-duty member did pull a gun. The Metropolitan Police Department is intent on conducting a full investigation in determining all of the exact circumstances surrounding this incident.

The Metropolitan Police Department has truly appreciated the cooperation from the community as we all team together to tackle the many challenges encountered during these severe weather conditions.

13 December, 2009


Despite recent reductions in fatalities, impaired driving remains one of America’s
deadliest social problems. On average someone is killed by a drunk driver every 45
minutes. In 2008, an estimated 11,773 people died in drunk driving related crashes. Most people don’t intend to drive home drunk, but too many find themselves at the end of the night without a sober designated driver. Unfortunately, many of these drivers convince themselves and friends that they are able to drive with the comment, “I’m okay, I’m just buzzed.” Whether you’ve had one drink or ten, if your blood alcohol concentration is over the limit, then you are breaking the law. The MPD reminds motorists that DC has tough drunk driving laws, including a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) standard of .08, zero tolerance for youthful offenders, and penalties that include stiff fines, license revocation and the possibility of jail time, even for first offenders.

Metropolitan Police officers are out in force this holiday season, looking for impaired drivers, speeders and other aggressive or unsafe drivers. The MPD is also throwing its support behind both the designated driver and SoberRide programs this holiday season. Sponsored by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP), SoberRide provides holiday revelers with free cab rides home (up to $50) every evening from 10 pm to 6 am, from December 11 through January 1. Individuals may request a cab by calling (800) 200-TAXI (200-8294).



Patrols in DC neighborhoods are being boosted by the addition of 23 officers who
were sworn in during a graduation ceremony on Friday, December 11, 2009 at the MPD’s
Maurice T. Turner, Jr. Metropolitan Police Academy in Southwest. During the ceremony,
training awards were presented to Officer John S. Williams (Academic), Officer Jaret
Thomas Conyers (Firearms), Officer Linda Michelle Daniels (Vehicle Skills), and Officer Robert A. Robinson (Physical Skills). Among the graduates was one lateral officer who joined the MPD after serving on the Atlanta Police Department. The new officers all completed approximately 24 weeks of training at the police academy, which includes a full program of physical, classroom, and firearms training to prepare them for the challenges of being a police officer. The subjects covered include laws of arrest, search and seizure, criminal law, traffic regulations, human relations, community policing, and ethics. In addition, recruit officers receive skills training in firearms, operation of emergency police vehicles, self-defense, advanced first aid, and much more.

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is focused on building a crime-fighting
partnership with the community, and developing our own promise and potential as a
department. Police work requires a certain type of individual — one who has strong
interpersonal skills and the motivation to work with our partners to help build strong,safe and healthy communities throughout the District of Columbia.



The temperatures are dropping, the holidays are approaching, and the shoppers are out
in force. Special holiday markets have cropped up in various parts of the city, and specialty
boutiques and shopping centers are doing strong business. It may be tempting to rush from
one store to another to catch the best sales and to get your shopping completed as quickly
as possible, but it’s important to take the time to remember your safety—and the safety of
others—while you shop.
On December 12 and 19, 2009, the MPD will conduct enforcement initiatives focusing on
pedestrian safety and aggressive driving in the First, Second and Third Districts. The efforts
will be concentrated near shopping districts and the MPD will focus on pedestrian crosswalk
violations, crossing against the light, distracted driving, speeding, and stop sign violations all
in effort to address pedestrian safety during the holiday season.
When walking along the busy streets of DC, pedestrians should keep the following tips
in mind:
• Stay on the sidewalk, not in the street; only cross the street in crosswalks with traffic
control devices.
• Look both ways before crossing the street
• Never run between cars into the street.
• Wear clothing that allows drivers and people to see you.
• Never run between cars into the street.
• Wear clothing that allows drivers and people to see you. That means no dark clothes
after dark or early in the morning.
• Keep alert! You may seem like an easy target to muggers and other crooks if you’re loaded
down with packages.
Drivers are also reminded to exercise caution and keep their cool while travelling from
shop to shop in search of the perfect gift. Aggressive driving is described as a combination
of unsafe and unlawful actions that demonstrate a conscious and willful disregard for safety,
including offenses such as running red lights and stop signs; following too closely, or tailgating;
changing lanes unsafely; failing to yield the right of way; improper passing; and speeding.
Don’t let your anger get the best of you if you’re driving. During the holidays, be sure to allow
extra travel time, because traffic congestion — and the related delays — is among the primary
factors that lead motorists to drive aggressively. By leaving extra travel time, you will be less
inclined to drive aggressively in order to make up for time lost in congestion.
Remember to signal your intentions, concentrate on your driving (not your cell phone,
stereo, passengers, or other distractions), and extend common courtesy to other drivers at all
times. Finally, keep everyone in your car safe by reminding them to wear their seatbelts. Drivers
will be pulled over, ticketed, and fined for not obeying the seat belt laws. Penalties include the
assessment points on your driver’s license and fines ranging from $50 to $150 for offenses.
»» The MPD offers safety tips for walkers, runners
and bikers online at:
»» This holiday season, don’t let the spirit of giving
lull you into giving burglars, muggers, and
pickpockets a better chance to do their dirty work.
Crooks love the holidays as much as everyone
else, especially because it’s an opportune time
for crime. Learn more at:
»» Aggressive driving will cost you. For more
information on aggressive driving as well as
the 10 basic rules of courtesy and safety, go to:

Vicious Dog Attack

December 7, 2009
Police Involved Shooting Following a Vicious Dog Attack

The Metropolitan Police Department is currently investigating a police involved shooting of a dog that occurred in the 3400 block of Quebec Street, NW.

On Sunday, December 6, 2009 at approximately 5:30 pm, members of the Second District responded to the 3400 block of Quebec Street, NW, in reference to a call for a victim who had been bitten by a dog.

Prior to police arriving, a concerned witness heard the victim screaming for help. He managed to pull the dog, a male pit bull, off the victim, subdued the dog and placed the animal in a cage.

In addition to police, personnel from DC Animal Control and DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene. The victim, an adult female, was admitted to a local hospital and is currently in stable condition.

During the investigation of the incident, the dog reportedly became aggressive and got out of the cage. Animal Control employees made several unsuccessful attempts to secure the dog. The dog then charged towards one of the responding officers. Fearing imminent danger for his safety and the safety of others, the officer fired his service weapon, striking and injuring the dog.

Animal Control officers were then able to secure the dog, which has subsequently been euthanized.

The member who fired his weapon is a 39-year-old sergeant who has been with the department for 12 years.

“This is a tragic incident,” said Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier. “I commend the man, who put his own life in danger and stepped in to assist the victim in this violent dog attack. I also want to recognize the sergeant who stopped the dog from attacking anyone else.”

Cynthia Ann Passmore Found

December 9, 2009
Missing Person Cynthia Passmore Located

The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 48-year-old Cynthia Ann Passmore of Forestville, Maryland.

Cynthia Ann Passmore, the manager of the Ruby Tuesday restaurant located at 4200 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, was last seen on the night of Monday, December 7, 2009. She reportedly closed the restaurant at 11 pm, but failed to return home.

During her absence, several ATM withdrawals have been made from her account at various locations within the District of Columbia.

Ms. Passmore is described as a medium complexioned black female, 5’9” tall, weighing approximately 175 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair worn in long cornrows.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Cynthia Ann Passmore is asked to call Detective Keith Tabron on 202-715-7357 or 202-730-1903 or the Command Information Center, (202) 727-9099.

Arrests 2008 Homicide of Derrick Johnson

December 10, 2009
Additional Arrests Announced in the 2008 Homicide of Derrick Johnson

Detectives assigned to the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced that two additional arrests have been made in the September 2008 fatal shooting of Derrick Johnson. On Wednesday, December 9, 2009, members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested 22-year Ronnie Johnson and 21-year-old Keona Brown in Annapolis, Maryland. Both suspects, who reside in Annapolis, Maryland, were arrested pursuant to a bench warrant issued subsequent to a Grand Jury Indictment charging them with Murder One While Armed in the death of Derrick Johnson.

On Monday, September 8, 2008, at approximately 9:50 pm, members from the Sixth District were called to the 4800 block of Minnesota Avenue, NE, to investigate the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, officers located 21-year-old Derrick Johnson of Oxon Hill, Maryland suffering from a gunshot wound. Mr. Johnson was subsequently transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

An adult male was previously arrested in December 2008 in connection with this case and charged with First Degree Murder While Armed.

08 December, 2009

Police Reimbursable Detail Coming to H Street

At tonight's PSA 102 Meeting ABRA( Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration)Director Fred Moosally, MPD Special Operation Division Lieutenant Emerman, PSA 102 Commander Durand, ANC6A members Commissioners Marshall and Robinson, Skip Coburn of DC Nightlife Association, residents, H Street Main Street and Bar Owners discussed a Reimbursable Detail of police and its implementation scheduled to start Friday/Saturday December 11-12 2009.

Expect to see police patrolling H Street from 11th - 14th every weekend. This is one of several ideas proposed and implemented with the help of businesses to improve public safety. The PSA 102 Neighborhood Public Safety Committee still insists that additional police are needed to patrol the communities served by PSA 102. Residents and businesses are encouraged to contact police officials about the need to have more police to stem the tide of crime returning to our communities.

06 December, 2009


The Fenty administration remains committed to working with District of Columbia
communities to address and reduce hate crimes and perceptions of bias in our city. While the District strives to reduce crime for all residents of and visitors to the city, hate crimes can make a particular community feel vulnerable and more fearful. This is unacceptable, and is the reason everyone must work together not just to address allegations of hate crimes, but also to proactively educate the public about hate crimes. As part of this effort, the Metropolitan Police Department created a report that highlights trends in hate or bias-related crimes in the
District of Columbia since 2005, and efforts in the District to address them.

After a spike in hate crimes in 2006, the total number dropped 30 percent in 2007, and remained at that level in 2008. In 2009, as of September 30, there have been only two fewer crimes sustained in the first nine months of 2009 than in all of 2008
Whether or not there is a change in reported hate crimes in 2009 will not be known until the final numbers are calculated and reported in early calendar year 2010.
MPD is committed to identifying and implementing best practices in reducing hate crimes.

The Department works proactively to ensure that hate or bias-related crimes are reported and investigated in a consistent manner through a systematic and open process for categorizing hate crimes. Whenever a hate or bias-related crime is reported, the Special Liaison Unit is notified,which helps to ensure that the investigative reports include whatever facts exist in the case that
would support a hate crimes charge. The Special Liaison Unit is the umbrella Departmental unit that includes members serving the Asian, deaf and hard of hearing, Latino, and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) communities. MPD has also designated a detective to review and analyze all alleged hate crimes. Additionally, MPD provides its members with extensive training on recognizing bias-related crimes, as well as on diversity and cultural understanding.

District Carjacking Suspects Quickly Apprehended

District Carjacking Suspects Quickly Apprehended
The Metropolitan Police Department has announced that two suspects wanted in connection with a carjacking in downtown Washington were quickly apprehended in Prince George’s County, Maryland yesterday evening.

On Wednesday, December 2, 2009, at approximately 9:37 pm, an adult female reportedly was inside of a vehicle in the 700 block of D Street, NW, when she was approached by a male suspect who asked her for directions. While that suspect engaged the woman in conversation, another male suspect reportedly approached the vehicle and ordered the woman to get out, at which point he physically removed her and threw her to the ground. Subsequently, both suspects entered the vehicle, described as a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe, and fled from the scene.

Police were summoned to the scene and a lookout was broadcast for the suspects and the vehicle. Following a well coordinated effort by law enforcement authorities in both the District and Maryland, the suspects were apprehended in Seat Pleasant, Maryland and the vehicle was recovered.

The two adult male suspects in this case are currently being held in Prince George’s County, Maryland pending their extradition back to the District of Columbia.

The female complainant in this case sustained minor injuries as a result of this incident. Her identity is being withheld due to the fact that she is a witness in this case.

“This job is about teamwork,” said Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier. “The arrests today once again send out our message loud and clear. If you commit crimes in DC, you’re going to go to jail.”

01 December, 2009

Increase in Street Crime Should Concern All

Police Alert-


Sent on: 12/04




Police Alert- Robbery


Theft from auto

* 700 block of 4TH ST NE Theft from auto (property valued at $250 or more)

Crime reported on November 25, 2009.
* 100 block of 13TH ST NE Theft from auto (property valued at $250 or more)

Crime reported on November 25, 2009.
* 600 block of 8TH ST NE Theft from auto (property valued at $250 or more)