City Desk

Cops Search Local Democrat’s Apartment for Gun

Lenwood Johnson's still in hot water with the authorities.

The D.C. Democratic State Committee member who told LL earlier this month that he owned an unregistered handgun was first visited by D.C. police last Saturday, where they performed an informal search. On Friday afternoon, lawmen returned to Johnson's Columbia Heights apartment, this time with a warrant.

Unfortunately for Johnson, he wasn't home at the time. Police broke down his door and tossed his apartment. In keeping with Johnson's pledge to obey local gun laws, the cops didn't find a weapon.

Johnson says the search was "like a sucker punch."

He spent the night in Baltimore and didn't return home until early the following morning. When he arrived shortly after 6 a.m., he found his door covered in plywood with a note to call his landlord, who told him what had happened. The police had shattered his apartment's wooden door.

"It wasn't like the movies. They didn't break mirrors; they didn't cut up the mattress or anything....They pulled stuff out but they didn't put it back in," Johnson says. "I wish they could have shown up at 6 o'clock in the morning as opposed to 4:30 in the evening. I could have opened the door for them and told them to lock the door when they finished."

According to a document left by police, they didn't leave completely empty-handed: They took proof of residence and a packet of gun registration materials he'd picked up from police headquarters. So now, Johnson says, his efforts to legally register his weapon (the whereabouts of which he is not disclosing) have been set back.

Johnson says he also noticed another couple of items missing, and he blames police for their disappearance: a $10 bill, which he intended for his laundry, and a bottle of cologne—Givenchy Gentleman, to be precise.

"It's one of my favorites," Johnson says of the cologne. "I hope [the police] pay for the door and give me back my $10 in laundry money and my bottle of cologne."

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  • Ignacio

    DC cops = corrupt, third-world police force.

  • Nacim

    What's the point of going after citizens that don't (oh the humanity!) register their firearms? What kind of calamity are they preventing and what improvement to safety are they contributing?

  • Chris Peterson

    Givenchy Gentleman? That's good stuff. Mr. Johnson's scent choice really deserves praise.

    He MUST get that bottle back if it's the 1970s/1980s formulation. What's in the current bottles just doesn't hold onto the skin as long and as powerfully.

  • Tom

    So they couldn't just get the landlord to let them in? WTF DCPD fails again

  • Typical DC BS

    With all the other crimes to be handled in DC, this was a top priority for DCPD?
    Guess we should be putting out rumors thru City Paper that Don Peebles, Mayor Fenty, and all the Councilmembers have unregistered firearms and see if they receive visits by DC's finest.

  • Truth Hurts

    If MPD had a search warrant, it was signed off by a DC Judge. This guy begged for a search warrant, and he got what he requested. Anyone who publicly says he has a gun in his home, that it's not registered, and that he doesn't intend to register it (as this jerk did) deserves to have his place tossed.