Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Home Invasion and Assault on P Street

Tonight's 11:00 news carried a disturbing story about a break-in and sexual assault in the 900 block of P Street around 4:45 a.m. this morning. The Channel 4 version of the story is here.

No way of knowing if this related to other incidents in the neighborhood. The MPD-3 listserve also reported another break-in in the 2000 block of 10th Street last Friday. Another post noted a rash of 14 burglaries in "East Dupont" (apparently including Logan and Shaw), mostly occurring during the morning between 7 and 11. There is suspicion that some may be related to a convicted burglar who was released from prison in March and may have been sighted in the neighborhood.

So if you've been a little lax in precautions, maybe this would be a good time to be a bit more careful.

Something to discuss with the MPD representative at Kevin Chapple's single-member district meeting at the Kennedy Rec Center at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night. He'll also have someone there to discuss the O Street Market project and Parks and Recreation.


At 7/25/2007 6:23 AM, Anonymous Mark said...

I saw the channel 4 report this morning and was struck by the 'blame the victim' theme. The reporter and police officer both mentioned all the new people moving to the neighborhood in recent years and how that has changed the crime...as if to say now that all these victims have moved into the area, we have a crime problem.

Good point, Daddy 5-O, on taking precautions and being careful. Like they implied on channel 4, we're all just victims luring crime to the area. One of the tenants in our basement apartment was mugged right in front of the house as he left for work around 4:00 Sunday morning. Hopefully, the crime camera was pointed at the house and can help catch the bastards.

At 7/25/2007 7:34 AM, Blogger Shaw Rez said...

this is AWFUL. What kind of f*%ked up person puts another human being through this? A home invasion--especially whilst the resident is home--is enough of a violation in and of itself, but add a sexual assault to it? I hope the worst for this guy.

At 7/25/2007 5:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's disgusting. My heart hurts for this victim.

At 7/26/2007 8:22 AM, Anonymous Shawn said...

Our place was one of the several hit in the Shaw area the past couple of weeks. The jerk came in through the back basement door window while we went out to get some coffee on a Saturday morning. We were gone less than an hour, so someone was watching the place. The several electronic items stolen can be easily replaced, but not the thousands of pictures from trips and vacations that were on the items.

At 7/29/2007 7:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't see that as a blame the victim theme. From my experience, Lt. Smith is the most dedicated officer in Shaw, and unlike a lot of officers, he actaully cares and is familiar with most a wide range of the laws, not just the handful that police routinely enforce. He charges criminal for things that other officers have told me, "are not illegal in DC like they are in MD or VA", as they proceed to do nothing, which encourages the criminals.

Additionally, Lt. Smith is one of the new residents. He moved here when he was assigned here, I think about 15 years ago. So he has observed how crime has changed here, knows what he is talking about, and tried to take step to combat it. He actually cares.


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