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17556RE: Re. Another Newton Street Market Armed Robbery...

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  • brian.ions
    Dec 1, 2013

      Yeah, good point, Carol. For a number of years MPD had a full-time officer assigned to LCM Academy and that kept its students on the straight and narrow-- while discouraging non-enrolled hangers-on and drug-dealing.

      For decades, LCM school administrators encouraged neighbors to report incidents-- and even provide real time intel in the mornings and lunch hours so the errant neighbor-nuisacing students could be "nabbed" on their return to school. The school's founder grew up in Brookland and had a real gut feel for the neighborhood as well.

      That previous cooperative effort with MPD, neighbors' eyes and ears and proactive school officials certainly worked well in quelling the periodic nuisances.

      It is a  problem that is very much like dealing with new, younger rowdy-at-night college kids (CUA in Brookland) in its cyclical reoccurence.

      It's a predictable set of behavioral (and often criminal) nuisances which manifest at the start of every new school term -- mainly caused by new, younger students -- and in the case of LCM, their DC area friends and hangers-on not actually enrolled at LCM.

      I have no idea what the after-school rioutous melee a few weeks ago was about-- or what its precipitating elements were. But it drew a big crowd rapidly. At one point, one kid took refuge from an angry mob of other kds on the top of a car. So it was good OUC and MPD responded promptly.

      That incident was unusual to be sure. The more usual sidewalk 'smoker' gatherings involve maybe a half-dozen kids or less.

      It would be great to have a fulltime MPD officer covering LCM again and working with neighbors as before. But if that can't be, then it's important that our PSA get inel from the administrators and neighbors impacted-- esp. as to new school term activity and to the inevitable new problem-kids arriving. The sooner the new arrival nuisances can be nipped in the bud, the easier that periodic chore becomes for all concerned.

      Given that most the nuisance activity occurs on DC public space -- regularly used by area/ Metro-using pedestrians, So MPD obviously has to be involved.The school administrators have an important disciplinary role to play. But as the Chief has noted repeatedly, when 911 gets called, MPD is the department expected to  show up and deal with such calls.


      psa 504

      ---In mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com, <carolcarterwalker@...> wrote:

      The piece that's missing in this is the school's administrators.  Surely they are not happy about this daily crowd gathering.  I'd like to see the MPD and neighborhood leaders engage the school administrators in a solution to this issue--and not just make it the province of the MPD.


      ----Original Message-----
      From: brian
      Sent: Nov 30, 2013 5:04 AM
      To: MPD-5D , "brookland@yahoogroups.com" , BrooklandGLBT listserv
      Subject: [MPD-5D] Re. Another Newton Street Market Armed Robbery...

      Thank you, Captain Kane, and thank you, Lt. Griffin.

      I recall MPD and PGCPD worked to close a string of robberies in PG, 4D and 5D-- including the robbery of Newton Food Market last August...

      Let's hope tips and/or great detective work lead to a prompt closure of this Newton Food Market robbery, too. No one wants to see our area shopkeepers having to wrap themselves in plexiglass again.

      As a neighborhood sidebar reminder-- which could use periodic MPD patrol attention, as well...

      Luke Moore Academy continues to attract a crowd around the sidewalks of
      Newton, Monroe and 10th-- especially around 9 to 10 in the morning and 2:30 to 3:30
      in the afternoon. A number appear to be friends or "business"  and/or
      "dealer" associates of students attending Luke Moore.

      Too often, a number of them engage in bold, before/after-school pass-around smoking sessions of one substance or another on Newton's sidewalks.
      That can be on either side of street, usually mid-block, at some
      distance from the higher-traffic/populated corner intersections.

      It's a nuisance, of course-- for area residents and Metro pedestrians alike. And, needless to say, one bold criminal behavior, unchecked by MPD, can lead to the temptation to commit other criminal behaviors-- especially when holiday gift-giving (and taking) can be on young, potential perpetrator minds.

      A few weeks ago, we had a near mini-riot involving about 20+ kids after school. MPD responded promptly to 911 call(s), and the impromptu mob did scatter-- leaving as quickly as MPD arrived (with multiple cars plus disperse/warning siren whoops).

      So... if not daily, some regular MPD-504 'show-the-flag patrolling' of Newton, Monroe, 10th and 12th-- during those particular before/after-school gathering times-- is likely to provide some needed crime deterrence and peace of mind for the whole neighborhood.

      Thanks again.

      psa 504

      ---In MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com, wrote:

      Additionally, we are asking anyone with information to call 202-727-9099. Information may also be submitted to the  TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

      Captain Morgan Kane, MPA
      Fifth District Station
      Metropolitan Police Department
      1805 Bladensburg Road, NE
      Washington, DC 20002
      202-391-6862 (cell)
      202-698-0150 (station)

      On Nov 29, 2013, at 11:58 PM, "Griffin, Randy (MPD)" wrote:
      Today at approximately 3:00 pm. three
      suspects committed a robbery of the Newton Market.  It is unknown which
      direction the suspects fled.  The investigation is ongoing and the
      investigators are attempting to collect as much evidence as possible, including
      any video footage.


      From:MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of brian
      Sent: Friday, November 29, 2013
      6:22 PM
      To: MPD-5D; brookland@yahoogroups.com; BrooklandGLBT listserv
      Subject: [MPD-5D] Another Newton Street
      Market Armed Robbery...
      Solberg, could we please get an update/ lookout MPD info request re. another
      armed robbery at Brookland's Newton Street Market, Monday afternoon (29 Nov.,
      around 1500)?
      Does MPD have any idea in which direction
      suspects escaped to/ arrived from?
      Is there video/cam evidence available? How
      soon can it be published?
      psa 504

      Carol Carter Walker
      (202) 636-8138 (H/O)
      (202) 744-3872 (C)
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