Last night, at approximately 7 pm, police were called to the 1400 block of V street following gun shots. They observed the suspect and pursued him on foot. They caught him trying to dump the gun and arrested him, recovering the gun. I walked by here maybe 30 minutes earlier, and saw a ton of police at 14th and W, wondering what happened. I don’t know if these incidents are related, but I’m really sick of reading about stuff like this going down: maybe it’s my other gig making me more aware. But it seems like in the past few weeks there has been a lot of disheartening news.

MPD arrested Brandon Miller, 21, of the 12002100 block of Girard Street NW (EDIT: Washington Post corrected the address, I’ve updated it). He has been charged with first degree murder.

Police are searching for one other person in connection with the shooting. They are also looking for information on a 2001 white Buick with DC tags seen leaving the crime scene.

You have to congratulate MPD: they have made an arrest regarding last Wendesday’s shooting in Adams Morgan. 17-year-old Robert Givens was arrested and charged as an adult, with first degree murder in connection with the murder of 19-year-old Sean Robinson.

They also made a second arrest in the June homicide of Victor Chigoziri MBA-Jonas Jr in Adams Morgan. They arrested 18 year-old Nathan Dwayne Headspeath, who was charged with first degree murder.

DCist also has some interesting information about the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, and their connection with a lot of young men who have been involved in shootings this year.

MPD has made an arrest in the murder of Victor Chigoziri MBA-Jonas, Jr., age 20, who was shot on the 2500 block of 17th street (around the corner from Harris Teeter) on June 27th and died of his injuries last week. MPD arrested Torain Devon Adams, an 18-year-old male from Northwest, DC yesterday morning and charged him with murder in the first degree.

I’m glad MPD was able to arrest a suspect in this murder, my thoughts go out to Victor’s family and friends.

Friday at 2 am, a man was fatally stabbed on the 9th street, between U and T.  Thanks to MPD, a suspect has already been arrested. The victim was identified as 40-year-old Assefaw Teweld Hagos of  Silver Spring. This is one of the first murders I’ve had to write about in 2010, and while I’m sorry to hear that the victim died, I’m glad that MPD was able to arrest the suspect so quickly.

I don’t know what to make of this, but Josue Pena, the man who was arrested in the murder of Oscar Fuentes, was found dead in his jail cell. Various news reports are saying he was found hung, and that the official cause of death was cardiac arrest from asphyxiation. Pena’s death is under investigation.

The community really needed a quick arrest with this murder. WaPo is reporting 26-year-old Josue Pena of Hyattsville was arrested at 6 am this morning. This is good news but you can’t help but think it’s not going to bring Oscar Fuentes back.

DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier also noted that there is no indication that the murder was gang related, though she did acknowledge that the suspect is a known associate of MS-13.

Some of these news items are a little old, but since I was away for a long weekend I wanted to catch everyone up in case you missed it:

  • U street is the subject of the new Washington Post feature, Scene In. Pretty cool, especially if you’re into fashion and love U street. (Note: video starts playing when you click on the link.)
  • On Saturday, Deborah Ann Brown was murdered on 14th and Harvard. It is believed she was an innocent bystander. A 17-year-old, Devonte Carlton, was arrested for the murder. Now, it might just be coincidence, but when I saw that name it looked familiar. That’s because Lafonte Lurie Carlton was arrested back in January for two area murders. Are they related? I don’t know, but it is strange that they share the same last name, at the least.
  • Garden District is moving across the street to the other side of 14th and S and consolidating its inside and outdoor stores, meaning both of their current locations will close.

MPD announced an arrest in the May 15th homicide of Marcus Robinson, who was killed on the corner of 14th street and Columbia Road. Here’s more information about the shooting from Jim Graham. MPD hasn’t released any information about the suspect who was arrested. I’m glad to see that MPD has a pretty good track record of making arrests following homicides in the Columbia Heights area. I wish there weren’t homicides to be made arrests for…

The Washington City Paper is reporting the suspect is 28-year-old Robert Larry Brock of Beltsville.

MPD announced last night that they made an arrest in the afternoon shooting outside of the Columbia Heights metro Thursday afternoon. The suspect is 19-year-old Devyn Lavar Black. He will be charged with assault with a dangerous weapon (not attempted homicide?). In the words of Inspector Jacob Kishter, “As a result of the arrest, a dangerous gang member has been taken off of the streets.”

DCist is reporting, with confirmation from Jim Graham, that the suspect was an intern at Graham’s office. Wow.