Neighborhood Watch Public Safety Update

by Jon Bender
Neighborhood Watch Director, PSA 202; Chairman, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3E 

PSA 202 MapBelow are the crime statistics for Police Service Area (PSA) 202 through January 10, 2014 as compiled by Les Wexler. There were a couple of second degree burglaries, and the area continues to be plagued by thefts from auto.  Happily, there was only one violent crime during this period, an assault with a deadly weapon (ADW) in an alley in the 3800 block of Van Ness on January 4. Per the MPD listserv:

The complainant was walking when he was suddenly attacked by an unknown suspect. The complainant was stabbed in the hand but was able to fend off the attacker. The attacker fled. It is unknown if it was a robbery attempt because the complainant had headphones and could not hear what the attacker was saying.

This crime raises the evergreen question of what residents should trade to enhance their safety. Many people enjoy listening to music or holding cell discussions while walking. Yet, like tigers choosing to attack gazelles while they drink at watering holes, human predators look for distracted prey. There is much to say for limiting headphone use to one’s home or the gym.

At the January ANC meeting, MPD Lieutenant Alan Hill discussed the ongoing investigation into the sexual assault that took place near Rodman’s in late November 2013.  The police have interviewed several individuals who are previous sex offenders, frequent the neighborhood, and have unusual gaits.  The suspected assailant, as captured on security camera footage released by the police department, had a distinctive walk.  The police have made no arrests, however. Given the time that has elapsed since the crime, they believe stopping further individuals merely because of their gait may raise 4th Amendment issues (i.e., unlawful stops).  Nevertheless, if a citizen sees somebody he believes may be the individual in the video, he should contact the police.

Finally, as many residents may have heard, a carjacking recently occurred in Chevy Chase.  The incident is outside PSA 202, but its severity warrants noting.  Further information can be found here.

Summary of Crime Statistics for PSA 202

PSA: 202
CCN: 13185609
RPT DATE: 12/28/2013 23:16
OFFENSE: Theft F/Auto
METHOD: Theft From Auto 2
BLOCK: 4100 – 4199 BLOCK OF ALBEMARLE STREET NW
LOCATION: Highway/Road/Alley/Street
START DT: 12/28/2013 14:00
END DT: 12/28/2013 21:00
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PSA: 202
CCN: 13185769
RPT DATE: 12/29/2013 07:28
OFFENSE: Theft F/Auto
METHOD: Theft From Auto 2
BLOCK: 4700 – 4799 BLOCK OF ALBEMARLE STREET NW
LOCATION: Victim’s Vehicle
START DT: 12/29/2013 07:28
END DT: 12/29/2013 07:28
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PSA: 202
CCN: 13185801
RPT DATE: 12/29/2013 09:24
OFFENSE: Motor Vehicle Theft
METHOD: Unauthorized Use Of Vehicle
BLOCK: 4500 – 4599 BLOCK OF WINDOM PLACE NW
LOCATION: Victim’s Vehicle
START DT: 12/28/2013 17:00
END DT: 12/29/2013 09:00
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PSA: 202
CCN: 13185975
RPT DATE: 12/29/2013 18:00
OFFENSE: Theft F/Auto
METHOD: Theft From Auto 2
BLOCK: 4124 – 4199 BLOCK OF MILITARY ROAD NW
LOCATION: Other/Unknown
START DT: 12/28/2013 17:00
END DT: 12/28/2013 22:00
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PSA: 202
CCN: 13186028
RPT DATE: 12/29/2013 20:22
OFFENSE: Theft F/Auto
METHOD: Theft 2 F/Auto: Motor Vehicle Parts & Accessories
BLOCK: 4400 – 4499 BLOCK OF SEDGWICK STREET NW
LOCATION: Victim’s Vehicle
START DT: 12/29/2013 03:00
END DT: 12/29/2013 10:30
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PSA: 202
CCN: 13186291
RPT DATE: 12/30/2013 11:54
OFFENSE: Theft F/Auto
METHOD: Theft From Auto 2
BLOCK: 4400 – 4499 BLOCK OF BUTTERWORTH PLACE NW
LOCATION: Victim’s Vehicle
START DT: 12/24/2013 11:30
END DT: 12/30/2013 11:00
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PSA: 202
CCN: 13186401
RPT DATE: 12/30/2013 15:30
OFFENSE: Theft F/Auto
METHOD: Theft From Auto 2
BLOCK: 4100 – 4199 BLOCK OF GARRISON STREET NW
LOCATION: Highway/Road/Alley/Street
START DT: 12/30/2013 14:05
END DT: 12/30/2013 15:10
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14000199
RPT DATE: 01/01/2014 05:39
OFFENSE: Burglary
METHOD: Second Degree Burglary (Armed Or Otherwise)
BLOCK: 4300 – 4317 BLOCK OF FESSENDEN STREET NW
LOCATION: Residence/Home
START DT: 12/31/2013 20:15
END DT: 01/01/2014 02:00
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14000315
RPT DATE: 01/01/2014 08:01
OFFENSE: Burglary
METHOD: Second Degree Burglary (Armed Or Otherwise)
BLOCK: 4401 – 4499 BLOCK OF RIVER ROAD NW
LOCATION: Residence/Home
START DT: 01/01/2014 08:01
END DT: 01/01/2014 08:01
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14000804
RPT DATE: 01/02/2014 12:38
OFFENSE: Theft F/Auto
METHOD: Theft From Auto 2
BLOCK: 4100 – 4199 BLOCK OF FESSENDEN STREET NW
LOCATION: Victim’s Vehicle
START DT: 01/02/2014 12:38
END DT: 01/02/2014 12:38
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14400039
RPT DATE: 01/03/2014 13:53
OFFENSE: Theft F/Auto
METHOD: Theft 2 F/Auto: Motor Vehicle Parts & Accessories
BLOCK: 4600 – 4699 BLOCK OF WARREN STREET NW
LOCATION: Residence/Home
START DT: 12/28/2013 23:30
END DT: 12/29/2013 07:00

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PSA: 202
CCN: 14001698
RPT DATE: 01/04/2014 15:44
OFFENSE: Theft/Other
METHOD: Theft 2 (Theft F/Building)
BLOCK: 4200 – 4229 BLOCK OF WISCONSIN AVENUE NW
LOCATION: Customer Area
START DT: 01/04/2014 15:44
END DT: 01/04/2014 15:44
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14001730
RPT DATE: 01/04/2014 16:17
OFFENSE: Theft F/Auto
METHOD: Theft From Auto 2
BLOCK: 4200 – 4299 BLOCK OF HARRISON STREET NW
LOCATION: Highway/Road/Alley/Street
START DT: 01/04/2014 15:00
END DT: 01/04/2014 16:17
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14001743
RPT DATE: 01/04/2014 16:43
OFFENSE: Theft/Other
METHOD: Theft 2nd Degree
BLOCK: 3900 – 3920 BLOCK OF ALTON PLACE NW
LOCATION: Church/Synagogue/Temple
START DT: 01/04/2014 13:40
END DT: 01/04/2014 14:10
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14001793
RPT DATE: 01/04/2014 19:25
OFFENSE: Theft F/Auto
METHOD: Theft From Auto 2
BLOCK: 4009 – 4099 BLOCK OF ALBEMARLE STREET NW
LOCATION: Victim’s Vehicle
START DT: 01/04/2014 16:00
END DT: 01/04/2014 18:30
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14001813
RPT DATE: 01/04/2014 20:05
OFFENSE: Assault W/Dangerous Weapon
METHOD: Adw — Knife
BLOCK: 3800 – 3899 BLOCK OF VAN NESS STREET NW
LOCATION: Alley
START DT: 01/04/2014 19:50
END DT: 01/04/2014 19:50
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14001902
RPT DATE: 01/05/2014 04:19
OFFENSE: Theft F/Auto
METHOD: Theft From Auto 2
BLOCK: 4700 – 4799 BLOCK OF WARREN STREET NW
LOCATION: Highway/Road/Alley/Street
START DT: 01/05/2014 00:22
END DT: 01/05/2014 00:23
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14002064
RPT DATE: 01/05/2014 11:15
OFFENSE: Theft F/Auto
METHOD: Theft From Auto 2
BLOCK: 4500 – 4599 BLOCK OF WARREN STREET NW
LOCATION: Victim’s Vehicle
START DT: 01/03/2014 19:00
END DT: 01/05/2014 10:00
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14002490
RPT DATE: 01/06/2014 13:26
OFFENSE: Theft/Other
METHOD: Theft 2 (Theft F/Building)
BLOCK: 4500 – 4599 BLOCK OF FORT DRIVE NW
LOCATION: DC Government Building
START DT: 01/06/2014 12:00
END DT: 01/06/2014 12:45
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14002516
RPT DATE: 01/06/2014 14:29
OFFENSE: Theft/Other
METHOD: Theft 1st Degree
BLOCK: 4500 – 4531 BLOCK OF WISCONSIN AVENUE NW
LOCATION: Customer Area
START DT: 01/06/2014 14:29
END DT: 01/06/2014 14:29
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14002988
RPT DATE: 01/07/2014 15:45
OFFENSE: Theft/Other
METHOD: Theft 2nd Degree
BLOCK: 4400 – 4530 BLOCK OF 40TH STREET NW
LOCATION: Customer Area
START DT: 01/07/2014 15:10
END DT: 01/07/2014 15:40
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