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10936Re: [MPD-5D] Another attack on the Met Branch Trail - 3 in the last 30 days

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  • Debbie (Smith) Steiner
    Jun 2, 2011
      Who ever thought up the original design forgot about lighting in that stretch of the MBT.  My first concern would be public safety, I don't care how much money was place into to getting that MBT trail together.  I would hope that those who are willing, write CM Thomas and have him to find some money in the budget.  We want that trail but not at the cost of people hurting people. Since CM Thomas can advocate for baseball clinics and have money steered towards it, don't you think we deserve decent lighting and an emergency call box or 2 on the section of the MBT?

      My 2¢

      On Jun 2, 2011 11:06 PM, Solberg, Andrew (MPD) <Andrew.Solberg@...> wrote:


      We are working on this problem. I don't care to share all on this listserv.

      Andy Solberg


      Preventing terrorism is everybody’s business.

      If you SEE something, SAY something.

      Call the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099 or email at SAR@... to report suspicious activity or behavior that has already occurred.

      Call 911 to report in-progress threats or emergencies.


      To learn more, visit http://www.mpdc.dc.gov/operationtipp.


      From: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com <MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com>
      To: mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com <mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Thu Jun 02 18:54:17 2011
      Subject: Re: [MPD-5D] Another attack on the Met Branch Trail - 3 in the last 30 days


      Dear Commander Solberg, is there a possibility to dispatch under cover / plain clothes bike officers onto the MBT? I'm sure if word spreads among the perps that they'd better not attack anyone because it could be an undercover / plain clothes officer, attacks would decrease!

      Best regards and be safe out there!

      On Thu Jun 2nd, 2011 4:14 PM EDT ToddKeller36 wrote:

      >The post below was copied over from the Petworth listserv. It appears the descriptions of the attackers are the same in all three cases, I should know I was their victim on May 5th and now sport a nice cast on my right arm thanks to a broken wrist (misdiagnosed after the accident). And apparently the responding officers told the cyclist just to avoid the area...WHAT! So the city and Rails To Trails conservancy and others poured a lot of resources into building this trail to give it over to the thugs? The police, community, trail managers, commuters and others better come together or we will lose this great place to run, walk, and ride!
      >"Dear PoPville,
      >Last night I was biking along the Metropolitan Branch Trail just south of Rhode Island Ave when two young males tried to force me off my bike with a taser. When I was first approaching them I scolded myself for thinking that two young black males were acting suspicious because they were just sitting on the trail (one on each side) and appeared to be just waiting for someone to come along. It turns out that heightened suspicion may have saved me because I spotted the taser in the assailants hand and swerved enough at the last second to avoid being jolted by it. I heard it and saw the "spark" but he just about completely missed me, I've felt a larger shock when I was plugging in a lamp.
      >As soon as I was out of sight I called 911, and give props to the cops there were two squad cars there on the trail within a few minutes. Of course by then the perps were gone, I wasn't expecting them to be dumb enough to stick around. After the cops took my report they told me this is not uncommon on this part of the trail, especially between the hours of 2 and 9 pm (after school hours) and it is probably a good idea to avoid that part of the trail between NY Ave and Rhode Island Ave completely.
      >The cops said this was the first they had heard of a taser being used, and that normally it is 4 or 5 assailants that will just knock bikers off their bike and rob them. I just wanted to try to spread word to bikers/runners about this part of the trail, had I heard this warning before last night I would've thought twice about riding there alone. I guess it's back to the overcrowded VA bike trails for me."

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