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The Blotter: Yes! We’re Robbing You

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Bias Attack: Wielding a pipe, a man allegedly went after two transgender individuals on March 13. Via MPD listserv, Sergeant Carlos Mejia says the two victims were in the area of 14th and Shepherd Streets NW when a suspect decided to club them with metal. He says cops discovered the suspect attacked the victims because of their gender identity. One of the victims sustained injuries from the attack and received medical treatment, he says. The suspect was arrested on the scene.

Though a Fourth District arrest report confirms that a suspect, referred to as D. Melgar, was arrested at the time and place Mejia indicates in his post, the report doesn't say Melgar was slapped with an assault charge. Instead, it reads that Melgar is being charged with "THREATS (FELONY)." MPD has not yet responded to multiple requests to clarify what charges the alleged assaulter will face.

From D.C.?:The body of Tannessa Victoria Taylor, 19, was found in Patuxent River State Park in Maryland on March 6, and Montgomery County detectives are investigating her death as a homicide.  A turkey hunter who was roaming the park discovered the body around 12:30 p.m., buried in a shallow grave. NBC Washington says Taylor had been involved in prostitution and that she was known as Tasty Cake. Speaking to the Maryland Gazette, Capt. Paul Starks said "police could not confirm Taylor's address, but a state online court database lists Taylor, who was 19, with an address in Southeast Washington, D.C., in January 2009."

The Hard Way: A masked man robbing a business in the 2000 block of G Street NW didn't futz around with a gun. An employee of the establishment told cops the man came in on March 13 around 7:30 p.m., snatched the cash register, and ran out the door. Pursuing him, the employee was able to wrench the register away from the thief, but not before he filched $48. "The suspect is known and a warrant is being applied for their [sic] arrest."

Yes! We're Robbing You: Two men (see below) robbed a health food store around 3 p.m. on March 15. Police say the duo produced a handgun and took an unspecified amount of cash from the Yes! Organic Market at 3809 12th St. NE.

Yes Market Robbers

A Nice Afternoon: Evidently, even in a rapidly changing District, some city traditions are alive and well—like shooting craps. An MPD listserv poster writes: "Just wanted to bring to your attention some activities taking place in the NE around 1:30 pm today. I was going past Hong Kong Carry Out on East Capitol (near the Car Barn) when I noticed some unusual activity. A group of men were outside the Hong Kong Carry Out playing dice on the sidewalk and exchanging money as they won or lost. One of these men seemed to be smoking marijuana. I would have called 911, but I didn't have my cell phone."

An employee who answered the phone at the take-out place declined to give his name but confirms that some customers who frequent the establishment like to shoot dice and gamble outside. He also says the restaurant only gets upset with them when there's alcohol involved. As for the tobacco and marijuana he suspects they sometimes toke: "We ask them not to smoke inside," he says.

Actually, I Live Here: Last week, an MPD listserv poster complained that an ominous group of loiterers and alleged drug dealers were holding him hostage at his home in the 300 block of W Street NE, making it impossible for him to, say, have a dinner party—his would-be guests refused to leave their cars after they pulled up. Fifth District Commander Lamar D. Greene tells the Blotter via email that the "loiterers" are just neighborhood kids hanging out and being loud: "The juveniles and young adults that congregate within the 300 block of W street NE are primarily residents and friends of residents who reside on or near W street. Occasionally these individuals will congregate until late hours in the evening conversing loudly and disturbing the block." Like we said to the complainer last week: Good luck with that.

Source: MPD District listservs, public releases

Photos courtesy of MPD

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Comments

  1. #1

    Oh jesus h christ, City paper readers! Now youre crying about cats rolling dice & smoking weed out front of a carryout?! why the fuck did you move to DC? Go back to Chevy Chase or Loudoun or whatever god forsaken hellhole you came from.

  2. #2

    Right Jon, you said it, black people are all criminals. If you want to live with people who aren't criminals you have to live in a white neighborhood.

    Get a grip you racist nutcase!

  3. #3

    ...realistically you have to appreciate the fact that in different communities there are different standards for what is and what isn't "socially-acceptable behavior".

    Think of it this way. If you see something outrageous happening on the street and the cops drive by and don't get involved, you have to say to yourself something to the effect of "when in Rome, do as the Romans do".

    Don't invite your friends over for a wine & cheese party at your new place in "River East" when the neighborhood "homies" are hanging out in front of your house sharing a traditional neighborhood pastime of shooting craps and smoking weed. Either invite your friends over to shoot craps and smoke weed, or have a wine & cheese part at a house in their neighborhood.

    Pretty simple, really.

  4. #4

    Is it really that difficult to be near black or poor/ working class people? There is no reason why house guests can't get in and out of the house. Yes, it may be a crappy neighborhood and you may not want to leave valuables in your car, but don't these cars have locks and alarms? Don't you have a phone? Or car insurance?

    If these kids do anything illegal-- anything from disturbing the peace, smoking dope, etc. just call the police. If they don't come for these relatively minor things, call them again and again, and again, until they get sick of you calling, and come by.

    If you are afraid of kids because of their class or skin color, that is something you have to deal with-- grow some b@lls-- don't show fear. Are there not at least two or three grown men at a dinner party?

    Kids should not be that scary. Don't let them think they are intimidating because they are black. Don't live in fear. Seriously. Take a self-defense course or two, if necessary.

  5. #5

    "Kids should not be that scary. Don't let them think they are intimidating because they are black."

    You know, it's not "being black" that makes kids scary.

    It's when they lunge at you when you walk by, they mutter something about busting your head, or they follow you down the street.

    I live in a much better neighborhood than the complainant does and have had these things happen on many occasions. Some of these kids INTENTIONALLY do things to intimidate people. It is not racism to be afraid of this, and it is not just a "lack of comfort with people of different classes."

    Intentionally threatening behavior is not forgivable because you're poor and/or black.

    I'm not saying there's any obvious solution, but it's ridiculous to just say "deal with it, it's all in your head." Because it's not.

  6. HEYYOUKIDS! Get off my lawn!
    #6

    Hanging out in front of a carry-out place is one thing. Hanging out in front of someone else's house is something else, especially when you leave your garbage, from take-out boxes to sunflower seeds to empty bottles of gin, lying in the gutter for someone else to clean up. You want to hang out on a stoop? GREAT! Would it kill you to sit on your OWN stoop and throw away your OWN mess?

    Also, re: kids, Dangerous or Not? My estimation of this is usually based on whether the kid in question carries a glock or not.

  7. #7

    Nothing that a high powered rifle and scope can't take care of from a distance. Bust a cap in one or two of their asses and they'll disperse.

  8. #8

    @Typical DC BS-Nothing that a high powered rifle and scope can't take care of from a distance. THAT IS SOME PUNK SHIT. YOU MUST BE WHITE AND FROM VA.

    IF THE HOMEOWNER WANT SOME RESPECT AND TO ESTABLISH HIMSELF IN HIS HOOD HE WOULD HAVE TO GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL. THAT IS HOW WE ROLL IN THE CITY.

  9. #9

    Unless I misread the article above, there was no incident of lunging at/being violent towards the resident. This household is living in fear--fear of loud,poor black kids neighborhood kids hanging out. All poor or black kids are not violent--if anything they are bored and enjoy scaring the piss out of people they sense are afraid of them. Be honest, some people genuinely stereotype and fear black people, and, believe it or not, they got the memo! If you don't fear them, they shouldn't bother you. If they live in your neighborhood, get to know them and their parents.

    Noodlez has a point. On a daily, personal level in any neighborhood like that, you will always have to be upright and command respect, not violence. This isn't a place full of two acre suburban lots where kids grow up in sheltered cocoons,showered with toys and playrooms, ferried around in SUVs to and from little league, soccer lessons, etc, and only interact with similar kids through pre-arranged 'play dates.' These kids are bored as heck,and hanging out on the streets is a big part of their existence.

    Why start things at the violent level, when you can walk up to the kids without fear, introduce yourself, and build respect and get to know them-- so that neither of you is treating each other as a stereotype? Do you know how many calls to the cops -- for minor bullshit/hanging out, etc--that would prevent?

    Regarding your hypothetical, but possible scenario involving violence, I believe defending yourself and calling the cops were mentioned in my post. If some kid lunges at me, I will knock him on his ass. It sends a message that I will not live in fear in my neighborhood, or in life in general. If I lived in the NE, I would first get to know my neighbors, but if that fails, always have the cops on speed dial at least have baseball bat or gun in the house for the worst case scenario. Move (or don't live there in the first place) if you don't like the area.

  10. #10

    "if anything they are bored and enjoy scaring the piss out of people they sense are afraid of them"

    Isn't that basically what I said was often a problem?

    "Why start things at the violent level, when you can walk up to the kids without fear, introduce yourself"

    Some people are, naturally, afraid of people who have threatened or menaced them in the past.

    "If some kid lunges at me, I will knock him on his ass"

    Uhhh.... really? That is pretty much exactly the opposite of your previous suggestions. Wouldn't that be "starting things at a violent level?"

    I honestly think you mean well, but you know, you can't solve all problems with an attitude and a big stick. That's exactly the formula that's responsible for the cycle of gang violence in the city.

    Maybe staring dem kids straight in the eye and letting them wonder what that bulge on your belt is works for you. But seriously, smack one of these hoods down? They know where I live. Besides which, they and their buddies would beat the f&cking shit out of me the next time they saw me alone. And finally, if they happened to have half a brain, they'd sue my ass for assault. That's the stupidest suggestion I've ever heard.

  11. #11

    Anon, I think we are disagreeing less than you seem to think.

    "'if anything they are bored and enjoy scaring the piss out of people they sense are afraid of them'
    Isn't that basically what I said was often a problem?"

    YES. We agree here.

    "'"If some kid lunges at me, I will knock him on his ass'
    Uhhh.... really? That is pretty much exactly the opposite of your previous suggestions. Wouldn't that be "starting things at a violent level?"

    NO. it wouldn't. If you read my post, I said, get to know them first and only hit if being attacked.If you read your own sentence, the other starts the violence.
    It is simple logic- if he lunges first, he is starting the violence.

    "I honestly think you mean well, but you know, you can't solve all problems with an attitude and a big stick. "
    I agree that one should not excalate. However, I suggested not showing fear (the opening for the violence), and developing respect.

    "Maybe staring dem kids straight in the eye and letting them wonder what that bulge on your belt is works for you."
    It is not cowering to them, and in the case of them lving on your street, developing the respect/understandign I alluded to.

    "But seriously, smack one of these hoods down? They know where I live. Besides which, they and their buddies would beat the f&cking shit out of me the next time they saw me alone. And finally, if they happened to have half a brain, they'd sue my ass for assault. That's the stupidest suggestion I've ever heard."

    I think we are confusing two different situations here.
    1. The any old kid on any old street situation. Defending yourself and calling the cops is legit.

    2. The neighborhood kids hanging out front situation. It is the not showing fear and developing respect tactic ( with calling the cops or self-defense as a worst case scenario backup) I encouraged.

    I think confusing these two scenarios- the one in the article (the neighborhood scenario) and your scenario (the random / any street harassment) has led to much of the disagreement here.

  12. Don Vito Corleone
    #12

    noodlez and someguy...I totally agree. Many younger folk know that some people are afraid of them. I suggest getting to know them by speaking, a small conversation about March Madness, even getting to know their parent(s)speaks volumes. Many times, these young cats want to talk and many cases, they will even advise a person on the shaddy stuff going on in the neighborhood. Most importantly, show no fear!!! However, in most neighborhoods, the real bad dudes are well known so stay away from those types.

  13. #13

    Good job on mushing all the stereotypes into one sentence, jfc. As if you care, neither of these incidents took place in "River East." One took place on the Eastern fringe of the good part of Capitol Hill and the other near Rhode Island Avenue.

    And there's no good reason why the one resident shouldn't be able to have a wine and cheese party (if that's what he was having, could have been a barbecue), and the other pick up his carry-out in peace, no matter where they live. Crime is crime. Loitering, gambling, and smoking weed in public are all crimes. Report them. If people can't behave civilly, then they deserve to be "harassed" by the cops and their neighbors who just want to live in peace. Our neighborhood kids skateboard and ride their bikes around. Sometimes they are loud, but never after 9 PM and they are NEVER threatening, loitering, drinking, etc. They don't fight, they don't curse, they move out of the way when cars and pedestrians need to go by. These kids have respectable parents, but apparently the others (including the adults who are acting as juveniles by refusing to follow the law in public..."neener neener neener, arrest me, I dare you") were raised by people who could care less and need a good stiff lesson from someone who does care.

    The attitude displayed here is exactly why neighborhoods crumble. "Oh, leave them alone, it's only gambling." "Oh, leave them alone, it's only weed." "Hm, we should probably leave them alone, they're smoking crack." "Holy shit, run, they want our wallets to buy drugs." Now THAT'S a slippery slope.

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