The Blotter: D.C. Homicide No. 2 and a Laundry-jacking
City Desk provides weekly updates on crimes throughout the District.
D.C. Hack Shot: On Jan. 9, police came across a cab driver with an apparent gunshot wound to the jaw area. Officers believe the victim ferried a customer to the 1700 block of T Street NW at approximately 11:30 p.m. When the driver requested his fare, an argument ensued. Sometime during that conflict, a male on a bicycle showed up and he and the driver also got into an argument. The bicyclist then allegedly pulled a handgun and shot the driver in the face. The victim was transported to an area hospital and is in stable condition.
Homicide No. 2: A man was fatally shot in the 2600 block of Naylor Road SE. On Jan. 10 at around 5:30 p.m., police found Gordon Reaves, 47, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Reaves was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Reaves is the second D.C. homicide victim of 2010.
Your Laundry or Your Life: A man was laundry-jacked. A victim told police he was walking in the 1800 block of Ingleside Terrace NW at around 11 p.m. on Jan. 6 when two people demanded his bag of dirty laundry. The victim said he forked over the bag; the alleged thieves went through the pockets of his laundry and found $200 in cash. They returned the man's wash before fleeing the scene in an unknown vehicle.
Burglary Spree: In a 60-day period from November through December, there were 45 break-ins in or near the 4300 block of 3rd Street SE. Assistant Police Chief Diane Groomes says thieves raided first-floor units of area apartment buildings, entering through unlocked doors or windows or by pushing in doors or air-conditioning units. According to Captain David Taylor, properties affected were Friendship Courts, Worthington Woods, Atlantic Gardens, Southern Hills, and Atlantic Terrace. All the buildings are on 3rd Street SE except for Atlantic Gardens, which is on 4th Street SE.
Groomes says the burglars took items like flat-screen TVs, PlayStations, and Xboxes, leading MPD to theorize the home-invaders were "juvies."
One MPD listserv poster whose first-floor apartment was burgled in December emails The Blotter that she too suspects the person who climbed through her only unbarred window was young because it was small and the burglar didn't take anything besides an Xbox 360.
So is one person or crew responsible for all the thieving? Taylor says all the break-ins have had a similar MO. "It is unknown if it is same individuals but we do believe it to be several subjects working in tandem," he says. "Detectives are exhausting all available avenues of investigation in an effort to follow up."
Would-be Burglary Spree: 1st District Commander David Kamperin writes via listserv that officers saw "3 subjects in the 1400 block of C St SE acting suspicious" around 8 p.m. on Jan. 10. Circling around, the cops observed the trio cut into an alley. The officers followed and saw the suspects standing in a fenced backyard, wearing masks. The suspects ran, but the officers chased them down. Two adults and one juvenile were arrested for unlawfully entering the C Street backyard.
Suspicious Package Not So Suspicious: Police were called to a residence in the 1300 block of Rittenhouse around 7 p.m. on Jan. 4 to investigate a suspicious package—no one there had been expecting a delivery and became alarmed. Though MPD typically shuts down the block in that situation, calling in Explosive Ordinance and Disposal technicians, there was no need this time: The address on the package indicated it belonged to someone two doors away. Police delivered the package.