Crime Report: House Break-In; Anti-Semitic Graffiti

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Engine Co. 5 on Dent Place. Pinterest user Christopher Jordan.

Crime takes no holiday or vacation. Here are a few incidents that occurred during the Thanksgiving break.

During a burglary, a woman was attacked inside her Dent Place home Nov. 26 but escaped to the D.C. fire station on the same block for protection. Firefighters held the suspect before Metropolitan Police arrived on the scene.

A message was sent to the Citizens Association of Georgetown — which termed the incident “very alarming” — by MPD Captain Kelvin Cusick of the Second District about the Nov. 26 burglary and subsequent arrest: “At approximately 5 a.m., officers responded to assist D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel at Engine Co. 5 at 3412 Dent Place, NW with an unknown emergency. Upon arrival, officers learned that F&EMS personnel had a suspect detained who had broken into a woman’s home across the street by kicking in her front door. The suspect physically attacked the woman while inside her home. The woman was able to escape and run to the fire station for help. The suspect who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, was placed under arrest and transported to the Second District for processing. The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.”

On Thanksgiving morning, anti-Semitic scribbling was found at Rose Park on the side of a metal storage box along the 26th Street fence near first base of the ball field. The graffito read: “Dear Jews stop pushing war with Russia.”

The person who discovered the message was David Abrams, who lives on 26th Street, is a board member of the Friends of Rose Park and is Jewish. He told the Washington Post that he was “totally disgusted” and that anti-Semitism is “happening here in D.C., and it’s happening in our front yard.” Having spoken with neighbors, Abrams speculated the marking was done before 9 a.m. that day.

After alerts to the Department of General Services, Department of Parks and Recreation and the Georgetown-Burleith Advisory Neighborhood Commission, the graffito was removed. Abrams also reported the incident to MPD as a hate crime and defacing of public property.

Earlier in the month, after Halloween, a lot of graffiti was discovered Nov. 1 at Rose Park on playground equipment in the tot lot. “Taggers were very active last night in our park,” Abrams told neighbors.

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