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Borderstan: U Street Area Crimes Up More Than 35% This March From Last Year

Borderstan: U Street Area Crimes Up More Than 35% This March From Last Year

Crimes in and around the U Street Corridor are up 36% this past March compared to March 2010, local blog Borderstan reported this morning.  

According to the Matt Rhoades of Borderstan, who used numbers from the MPD Crime Database, "There were 101 crimes compared to 74 the previous March. PSA 305 covers the U Street NW area as well as the Howard University area to the northeast.  The increase was in both property and violent crimes. There were 26 violent crimes last month, up from 20 in March 2010. The number of property crimes increased from 54 in March 2010 to 75 last month."

Read the whole report on Borderstan.


VIDEO: U Street Locals React To Shooting at 14th and V Streets

VIDEO: U Street Locals React To Shooting at 14th and V Streets

A number of locals gathered around the scene of a shooting at 14th and V streets in NW this afternoon, a violent incident that has left many U Street community residents concerned.

"It's just getting silly, like this shooting," said one U Street local.  "The community is getting fed up over it, worried, scared, especially in broad daylight...you're concerned."

Check out the video above to see more reaction from U Street neighborhood residents, including one man who said, "You can't even walk in the streets without something happening...people can't go about their normal business without someone doing something outlandish like a shooting in broad daylight."

For all of the current information about the U Street shooting story, click here.


Shots Fired Close To Columbia Heights Metro Station


This comes to us from MPD:

This morning, a 17 year-old juvenile male attempted to rob a citizen at gunpoint in the 1300 block of Harvard Street, NW.


The suspect tried to snatch the complainant's purse but failed. He then fled the scene on foot. A witness that had observed the attack followed the suspect to the 1400 block of Columbia Road.


The witness observed 2 Special Police Officers walking in the block and alerted them to the armed robbery suspect. The SPOs approached the suspect and ordered him to the ground. Instead, the suspect reached for his waistband.


VITAP/Creating Solutions Together Launches its Youth Violence Intervention Movement in DC

This community forum comes to us from Carmona Ross:

Good afternoon,    

Please join Columbia Heights Shaw Family Strengthening Collaborative next Friday, March 11, 2011 at 10 a.m., as we launch our Creating Solutions Together Youth Violence Intervention and Prevention Movement.  

The launch of this youth violence reduction movement will be held at the Thurgood Marshall Center, located at 1816 12th St. NW, DC.  

Columbia Heights Shaw Family Strengthening Collaborative has received three years of federal funding to assist with strengthening and improving youth violence intervention and prevention strategies in DC.  Come learn about how you can be a part of a movement to reduce and eventually end youth violence in DC!    

Eleven Alleged MS-13 Members Indicted on Racketeering And Other Charges in Series of Violent Crimes

This story comes to us from the United States Attorney’s Office:

        Eleven alleged MS-13 members have been indicted on federal racketeering and other charges for various violent crimes throughout the Washington, D.C. area, including murders, assaults and other attacks aimed at eliminating rival gangs.


           The indictments were unsealed yesterday, Wednesday, February 9, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. They were announced by Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr., Executive Associate Director James Dinkins of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).


Poll of the Week: DCPS Doing Enough To Keep Violence Out of Schools?

Last week, we wrote of a fight that began in the cafeteria of Anacostia High School that extended onto the streets of D.C.

Our poll of the week asks how you feel regarding DCPS' effort to keep violence out of city schools.  Chime in below! Write your own answer in the comments bar below.