Crime & Public Safety: Bodies in Potomac, Carjackings, Robberies


Last week, two bodies were discovered in the Potomac River in the area of Theodore Roosevelt Island in Washington, D.C., in just as many days, according to the Metropolitan Police Department, reported NBC4 News.

A body was found in the water near the Kennedy Center about 12:30 p.m. April 14, D.C. police said. On April 13, someone spotted a body in the water between Roosevelt Island and the Virginia shoreline, just under the foot bridge pedestrians use to access the island. MPD added that the body was badly decomposed. Police have not released any further information about the bodies. The medical examiner’s office is investigating causes of death.

The following information is directly from the Metropolitan Police Department.

Arrest Made in a Robbery (Force and Violence) Offense: Unit Block of Dupont Circle, Northwest

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Second District announce an arrest has been made in a Robbery (Force and Violence) offense that occurred on Friday, April 15, 2022, in the Unit block of Dupont Circle, Northwest.

At approximately 2:48 pm, two suspects approached the victim at the listed location. One of the suspects asked the victim for money and the victim refused.  The other suspect assaulted the victim, placed an unknown object against the victim’s back, and took money from the victim.  One of the suspects was apprehended by responding officers.

On Friday, April 15, 2022, 33 year old Dominique Ratiff, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with Robbery (Force and Violence).

This case remains under investigation.  Anyone who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE at 50411.  Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia.

Arrests Made in Relation to Robbery and Carjacking Offenses that Occurred in the District 

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Carjacking Task Force announce arrests have been made in relation to Robbery and Carjacking Offenses that occurred on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, in the District. The offenses and arrests appear below. 

  • Armed Robbery (Gun): At approximately 4:29 pm, the suspects exited a vehicle and approached the victim in the 2000 block of 8th Street, Northwest. One of the suspects brandished a handgun and demanded the victim’s dog and property. The victim complied. The suspects then fled the scene in the vehicle. CCN: 22-051-389
    • The dog was described as a 10 week-old male Australian Shepherd, with black and brown fur, a blue left eye, and goes by the name “Pablo.”

On Thursday, April 14, 2022, detectives assigned to the Carjacking Task Force located and recovered Pablo, inside a residence, in the 1200 block of 18th Place, Northeast. As a result of the investigation, seven arrests were made.

The below individuals were arrested and charged with Receiving Stolen Property in reference to the recovery of Pablo:

  • 17 year-old juvenile male, of Northeast, DC
  • 18 year-old Jamar White-Strickland, of Northeast, DC
  • 19 year-old Charlie Laster, of Capitol Heights, MD
  • 27 year-old Lamonte Jackson, of Southeast, DC
  • 14 year-old juvenile male, of Southeast, DC
  • 31 year-old Kevin Jackson, of Northeast, DC
  • 15 year-old juvenile male of Lanham, MD. As a result of the detectives’ investigation, this individual was also charged with the three carjacking offenses listed below:
    • Armed Carjacking, CCN 22-050-514 – April 12, 2022, 300 block of Upshur Street, Northwest 
    • Armed Carjacking, CCN 22-050-483 – April 12, 2022, 500 block of Morse Street, Northeast
    • Armed Carjacking, CCN 22-050-480 – April 12, 2022, 1800 block of Vermont Avenue, Northwest

Detectives are still seeking the public’s assistance in locating Bruno the French Bulldog. Bruno was taken in an armed robbery offense on Wednesday, April 13, 2022. Details about that offense appear below. 

  • Armed Robbery (Gun): At approximately 4:12 pm, the suspects exited a vehicle and approached the victim in the 5400 block of Kansas Avenue, Northwest. One of the suspects brandished a handgun and demanded the victim’s dog and property. The victim complied. The suspects then fled the scene in the vehicle. CCN: 22-051-372
    • The dog is described as a one year-old male French Bulldog, wearing a black collar and black leash, and goes by the name “Bruno.” 

Detectives are investigating the above offenses and the two offenses below as potentially being related.

Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun): At approximately 4:38pm, members of the Fifth District responded to the 2100 block of 4th Street, Northeast, after hearing the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located two adult males suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victims were transported to local hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. CCN: 22-051-410 

Armed Robbery (Gun): At approximately 4:48pm, the suspects exited a vehicle and approached the victim in the 1300 block of 2nd Street, Northeast. One of the suspects brandished a handgun and demanded the victim’s property. The victim complied. The suspects then fled the scene in the vehicle. CCN: 22-051-427

The suspects’ vehicle in reference to the above offenses has been recovered.

These cases remain under investigation. Anyone who has knowledge of Bruno’s whereabouts or any information about these offenses should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE at 50411. The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a violent crime committed in the District of Columbia.  

Suspects Sought in an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun) Offense: 2300 Block of Wisconsin Avenue, Northwest

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Second District seek the public’s assistance in identifying and locating suspects in reference to an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun) offense that occurred on Sunday, April 10, 2022, in the 2300 block of Wisconsin Avenue, Northwest.

At approximately 11:00 pm, the suspects entered an establishment at the listed location. One of the suspects was involved in a verbal altercation with a patron of the establishment when an employee intervened. The suspects and employee exited the establishment when one of the suspects brandished a handgun. The suspect pointed the handgun in the direction of the employee. The suspects then fled the scene.

Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE at 50411.  The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a violent crime committed in the District of Columbia.

Editors’ note: the incidents reported here are culled from police reports and have not necessarily been adjudicated or resolved; a legal presumption of innocence applies. 

 

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