DC Crime In the News

Comprehensive up-to-date links to coverage related to violent crime in Washington, DC., aggregated from multiple sources.

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Georgetown business is latest victim in spike of armed robberies in the District (Washington Post, Mar. 19, 2016)

Crime uptick in and near Capitol Hill drives some to learn self-defense skills (Washington Post, Washington Post, Mar. 19, 2016)

ANC commissioner searching for solutions to end violence in Ward 8 community (Fox5, Mar. 17, 2016)

D.C. schools warn of attempted abductions, police say no complaints have been filed (Washington Post, Mar. 17, 2016)

Teen attacked by 3 suspects outside DC apartment building (Fox5, Mar. 17, 2016)

Elderly Man Pistol-Whipped, Beaten Unconscious Near U Street (borderstan.com, Mar. 16, 2016)

Woman Arrested for Stabbing Man Near H Street Corridor (hillnow.com, Mar. 16, 2016)

Man Returns to Car in Shaw, Finds Attacker With Box Cutter Inside (borderstan.com, Mar. 15, 2016)

Would-be robbers shoot fleeing victim near Capitol Hill on Tuesday afternoon (Washington Post, Mar. 15, 2016)

Teen Gets 3 1/2 Years in Prison in Hill East Armed Robbery Case (hillnow.com, Mar. 15, 2016)

Wave of Violence in Southeast D.C. Draws Police Presence (afro.com, Mar. 13, 2016)

Why Do D.C. Prosecutors Decline Cases So Frequently? Rape Survivors Seek Answers (RH Reality Check, Mar. 11, 2016)

Would-Be Thief Pistol-Whips Man in Shaw After Threatening to Shoot (borderstan.com, Mar. 11, 2016)

Teens With Knife Rob Man in Southwest in Broad Daylight (hillnow.com, Mar. 11, 2016)

Metro Transit Police to Wear Brighter, More Visible Uniforms (NBC Washington, Mar. 11, 2016)

Man follows woman into her D.C. apartment building, and attempts sexual assault (ABC7, Mar. 10, 2016)

DC police arrest man in series of robberies targeting women (Washington Post, Mar. 10, 2016)

Is D.C. living in a culture of crime? (ABC7, Mar. 10, 2016) (“On 23rd St, SE in Washington, the door to apartment 101 is so full of holes it might remind you of Swiss cheese. Police say Noel Rezene was shooting ‘in’ Friday afternoon and Tavon Moore, who lived at the apartment with his family, was shooting ‘out’.”)

D.C. police investigate shootings in Southeast Washington (Washington Post, Mar. 10, 2016)

Preventing Domestic Violence (NBC Washington, Mar. 9, 2016)

Warming temps bring D.C. neighbors together against crime (WTOP, Mar. 9, 2016)

A Local Demand For Information About Federal Prosecution Of D.C. Crime (Kojo Nnamdi Show, Mar. 8, 2016) (A talk with ANC Commissioner Denise Krepp, who’s on a mission to learn more about how the U.S. Attorney’s Office pursues criminal cases in the nation’s capital)

Juvenile Justice: Crime, Punishment And Reform (Kojo Nnamdi Show, Mar. 8, 2016) (The former head of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services in the District – and current head of the Justice Policy Institute – talks about what works when it comes to keeping kids and young adults away from crime, and why he supports the stipend-based program approved by the DC Council on March 1)

DC girl wounded in shooting last summer still struggling 6 months later (Fox5, Mar. 8, 2016)

DC bakery owner: Police lacking urgency investigating robberies at store (Fox5, Mar. 8, 2016)

Probable cause:  Pursuing drugs and guns on scant evidence, D.C. police sometimes raid wrong homes — terrifying the innocent (Washington Post, Mar. 5, 2016)

Police chase in DC ends after crash, one in custody (WUSA9, Mar. 4, 2016) (“After running the vehicle’s license plate number, the officer learned it was wanted by D.C. police in connection with a homicide”)

Police Chief Lanier on Kojo Nnombi Show (Mar. 4, 2016) (discussing anti-crime legislation passed by DC Council on March 1; police union grievances; confidentiality of juvenile criminal records; need for more police presence on metro trains and property; potential crime on H Street corridor streetcar; homicide and other violent crime trends; increase in juvenile robberies in 2015; texting while driving; MPD body-worn cameras; training and policy on use of force by police; use of StringRay technology and constitutional challenge; and preparation for next inauguration of President).

Sexual Assault Survivors Say the U.S. Attorney’s Office Isn’t Explaining Why It Declines Their Cases (Washington City Paper, Mar. 3, 2016) (“Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, who heads the judiciary committee, commended the survivors for testifying, but pointed out that the Council is limited in what it can direct the USAO to do. The District is the only jurisdiction in the country where federal prosecutors handle local felony cases.”)

Nearly 85 Percent of Black Homicide Victims Killed With Guns, Study Finds (Charleston Chronicle, Mar. 3, 2016)

My son saw a crime and called 911. No one came. (Washington Post, Mar. 3, 2016)

D.C. crime lab restarts DNA testing on limited basis after shutdown cast doubts over analysis (Washington Post, Mar. 2, 2016)

Police Chief: 2015 Was the First Year Homicides Didn’t Drop in Targeted Areas (Washington City Paper, Mar. 2, 1016)

DC Council Approves Bill To Pay Criminals To Stop Committing Violent Crimes (Daily Caller, Mar. 2, 2016) (“The bill, authored by Council Member Kenyan McDuffie, is drawing criticism over a provision which exempts details of the “pay for peace” program from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)”)

D.C. crime prevention bill does more than just pay criminals (WTOP, Mar. 2, 2016)

Woman stabbed in Northwest D.C. (ABC7, Mar. 1, 2016)

D.C. council passes bill to pay would-be criminals not to commit crimes (ABC7, Mar. 1, 2016)

D.C. Council OKs crime bill with provision to pay people to stay out trouble (Washington Times, Mar. 1, 2016)

D.C. police investigating six shootings Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning (Washington Post, Mar. 1, 2016)


Teen critically wounded in Prince George’s in one of nine shootings in DC, county (Washington Post, Feb. 29, 2016)

At least 3 wounded in three separate shootings in Southeast Washington (Washington Post, Feb. 29, 2016)

Chair-Wielding Gang Members Attack Man at 14th Street Chipotle (www.borderstan.com, Feb. 29, 2016)

Armed Robbers Strike in Navy Yard (www.hillnow.com, Feb. 29, 2016)

Self-Described MS-13 Gang Member Robs Man in Park View (www.borderstan.com, Feb. 29, 2016)

D.C. police arrest suspects in several robberies across District (Washington Post, Feb. 27, 2016) (“This year, police report that robberies are up 40 percent across the District, from 266 at this time in 2015 to 512 in the first two months of 2016.”)

Connecticut Avenue bakery robbed at gunpoint (Washington Post, Feb. 26, 2016)

Video: Police release footage of brutal aggravated assault in Northwest, D.C. (ABC7, Feb. 26, 2016)

Woman Tased For Pink Shoes, Latest In DC Violent Crime Spree (Daily Caller, Feb. 26, 2016)

2nd Marine attacked, left for dead in D.C. (WUSA, Feb. 25, 2016)

Brookland residents robbed on their own doorsteps in Northeast D.C. (ABC7, Feb. 25, 2016)

Following Shooting on Train, Metro to Boost Police Patrols (Washington City Paper, Feb. 25, 2016)

Metro Transit Police to increase patrols following shooting, spate of high-profile assaults (Washington Post, Feb. 25, 2016)

Metro announces additional security measures following Anacostia station shooting (ABC7, Feb. 25, 2016)

WAMU Series:  DC’s New Angles on Fighting Crime

This D.C. family has endured murders and misery. Can basketball save it? (Washington Post, Feb. 24, 2016)

John Lewis talks about his graphic novel — and his amazing life — to teenagers in jail (Political correspondent Meredith Shiner, Feb. 24, 2016)

Bus driver chases down teen girls who attacked woman (Washington Post, Feb. 23, 2016)

Metro sees a drop in robberies, but a spike in assaults (WJLA, Feb. 23, 2016)

Constitutionality of StingRay use by D.C. police is challenged (Washington Post, Feb. 23, 2016) (“first-known use by local police in the nation’s capital of covert cellphone-tracking technology without a court warrant”)

Man Shot on Green Line Metro Train; 2 Suspects Arrested (NBC Washington, Feb. 23, 2016)

Inside A California Anti-Crime Experiment That Resonates With Politicians In D.C. (WAMU, Feb. 23, 2016)

Suspects arrested in attack on former Marine outside McDonald’s in D.C. (Washington Post, Feb. 23, 2016)

Metrobus driver chases down teens accused of robbing 61-year-old (WUSA9, Feb. 22, 2016)

In D.C., police statistics reveal spike in sexual assaults (Washington Times, Feb. 22, 2016) (“Sexual assaults in the District have risen dramatically so far this year — a 71 percent increase over the same period last year, new statistics show.”)

Over $20K raised for decorated Marine vet attacked in Washington D.C. McDonald’s (Fox News Latino, Feb. 22, 2016)

‘A Hate Crime’: Veteran Assaulted Calls On Black Lives Matter To Condemn Attack (Daily Caller, Feb.22, 2016)

Eight DC police cars vandalized near police station in Southeast (Washington Post, Feb. 20, 2016)

A changing D.C. Fire and EMS Department will make the city safer (Washington Post, Feb. 19, 2016)

Guns smuggled from the U.S. fuel bloodshed in Canada (Washington Post, Feb. 19, 2016) (“To gauge the impact of illegal guns on youth [in Washington, DC], I asked the D.C. Office of the Attorney General to total the number of gun-related juvenile cases it prosecuted between Jan. 1 and Nov. 1, 2015. OAG reported that law enforcement presented 136 cases of juveniles arrested in the District in connection with gun-related offenses for that period.”)

Two Dozen Guns Somehow Walked Out Of A DC Police Evidence Locker, Half To Be Used In Other Crimes (Daily Caller, Feb. 19, 2016)

Robbery Victim Knocked to Ground, Kicked Outside DC McDonald’s (NBC Washington, Feb. 18, 2016) (“In the video, several bystanders walk by or ignore the victim as he kneels on the sidewalk.”)

Video of assault on former Marine shows man striking victim in head (Washington Post, Feb. 18, 2016)

String of assaults on D.C.’s Metro has common thread: teen suspects (USA Today, Feb. 17, 2016)

D.C. fire, EMS data devices break down daily, battalion chief says (Washington Times, Feb. 17, 2016)

DC Fire and EMS Chief Defends Reform Efforts (NBC4, Feb. 17, 2016)

Nation’s Capital Grapples With EMS Challenges (US News & World Report, Feb. 17, 2016)

Councilmembers Express Deep Concern About The State Of D.C. Fire and EMS (DCist.com, Feb. 17, 2016)

D.C. launches program that offers rebates for security cameras (WJLA, Feb. 17, 2016)

Metro car fills with smoke after teens allegedly set off fire extinguisher, smoke devices (Washington Post, Feb. 17, 2016)

Decorated Marine vet attacked, robbed at Washington DC McDonald’s, police say (Fox News, Feb. 17, 2016)

D.C. residents deserve better than they’re getting from the Bureau of Prisons (Washington Post, Feb. 17, 2016)

Local Autonomy And The Prosecution of Crimes In D.C. (Kojo Nnamdi Show, Feb. 17, 2016) (The attorney general under former District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray argues that local officials should be able to prosecute local crimes – just the same as local prosecutors can in every city across the country besides the District.)

Performance Artist Hospitalized After Attack Near His Home (DCist.com, Feb. 16, 2016)

DC Police Upset to See Violent Robbery Suspects Out on Bond Awaiting Trial (NBC4, Feb. 16, 2016)

Former Marine, AU student says he was beaten in racially motivated attack (Washington Post, Feb. 16, 2016)

Marine Assaulted After Gang Asks About ‘Black Lives Matter’ (Daily Caller, Feb. 16, 2016)

When and why violent crime rises in America (AirTalk, Feb. 16, 2016)

From Incarceration to Incorporation: D.C.’s Bold Plan for Improved Economic Mobility (Empower Magazine, Feb. 16, 2016)

Unlucky 5: Robbers steal cell phones from five people over five days in D.C. (Washington Post, Feb. 14, 2016) (“In four of the robberies, victims were assaulted, police said.”)

New security steps at Metro following rash of assaults (WTOP, Feb. 12, 2016)

How segregated schools turn kids into criminals (Washington Post, Feb. 12, 2016)

New Technology Could Help Predict When And Where Crimes Will Happen (CBS New York, Feb. 12, 2016) (“The software is currently being used in Washington, D.C.”)

Let D.C.’s elected attorney general prosecute D.C. crimes (Washington Post, Feb. 12, 2015)

Washington, D.C. is drowning in a flood of illegal guns (Washington Post, Feb. 12, 2016)

Poll shows bipartisan support for criminal justice reform (thehill.com, Feb. 11, 2016) (“The poll found that 61 percent of voters think there are too many drug offenders behind bars and say more of that space should be used for people who have committed acts of violence or terrorism.”)

‘I Was Unable To Hold Them Accountable’: Outgoing Medical Director Blasts Dysfunction At D.C. Fire And EMS (WAMU, Feb. 11, 2016)

There’s been a big decline in the black incarceration rate, and almost nobody’s paying attention (Washington Post, Feb. 10, 2016)

Man stabbed in head while sleeping in Northeast D.C. hospital waiting room (Washington Post, Feb. 10, 2016)

DC Fire-EMS is the shame of EMS (www.firerescue1.com, Feb.10, 2016)

Latest ambulance delay puts new focus on D.C. fire chief (Washington Post, Feb. 10, 2016)

DC fire department medical director resigns, calls department ‘toxic’ (WUSA, Feb. 10, 2016)

11 defendants on GPS monitoring charged with violent crimes in past year in D.C. (Washington Post, Feb. 9, 2016)

What’s Behind Trends In U.S. Violent Crime Rates (WAMU, The Diane Rehm Show, Feb. 9, 2016)

Metro needs more cops on trains (Washington Post, Feb. 9, 2016)

Metro Boasts New Security Center Despite Widespread Attacks (Daily Caller, Feb. 9, 2016)

Is Paying People Not to Commit Crimes Effective? (www.governing.com, Feb. 8, 2016)

Paying criminals not to commit crime may not be so funny after all (Washington Post, Feb. 8, 2016)

Girl reportedly assaulted on Metro (WUSA9, Feb. 7, 2016)

Paying criminals to stay out of trouble? D.C. could be next city to try experiment (Washington Post, Feb. 7, 2016)

Toddler struck by bullet in late night shooting on Georgia Avenue NW (Washington Post, Feb. 7, 2016)

Gang Of Youths Brutally Attack College Girl In DC (Daily Caller, Feb. 6, 2016)

DC graduate student hospitalized after attack by group of girls (Fox5, Feb. 5, 2016)

Is DC ambulance shortage responsible for stabbing victim’s long wait? (Fox5, Feb. 5, 2016)

D.C. police arrest 13 suspects in 19 robberies across the District (Washington Post, Feb. 5, 2016)

Two juveniles, two adults shot in Southeast DC (WUSA, Feb. 4, 2016)

D.C. chancellor: Students on Metro aren’t threatening safety (WTOP, Feb. 4, 2016)

A look inside Metro’s new video surveillance hub (Washington Post, Feb. 4, 2016) (“Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik Jr. said the SOCC has proven extremely useful in solving crime across the system since opening in November — at a time when the system’s security has been under scrutiny because of a litany of brazen attacks committed by groups of teenagers.”)

Watching the Rails: Inside Metro’s Closed-Circuit Nerve Center (ABC4, Feb. 4, 2016) (

D.C. Crime Bill Would Pay People to Avoid Committing Crimes (NYTimes, Feb. 4, 2016)

Many oppose DC anti-crime stipend program (Fox5, Feb. 3, 2016)

D.C.’s 911 center is getting more calls, but it’s not always getting them right (Washington Post, Feb. 3, 2016) (“[T]he city’s dispatch times are much longer than a national standard of 90 seconds. The city routinely clocks in between 120 and 130 seconds . . . .The center that handles 911 calls for the District’s police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel recorded the largest number of calls in the city’s history last year.”)

DC Bill Would Pay People Stipends Not to Commit Crimes (ABC News, Feb. 2, 2016)

D.C. officer fatally shoots a person armed with BB gun, police say (Washington Post, Feb. 1, 1016)


Officials break down hike in serious Metro crime in 2015 (WTOP, Jan. 31, 2016)

District seeks improved services for young victims of sex assault (Washington Post, Jan. 31, 2016)

New Metro Board chairman calls for more visible safety presence on trains and buses (Fox5, Jan. 29, 2016)

Bedlam Continues On DC Metro, Council Votes Down Safety Plan (Dailey Caller, Jan. 29, 2016)

D.C. is proof that police reforms can work (Washington Post, Jan. 29, 2016)

Police upping their presence at some Metro Stations amid safety concerns (ABC7, Jan. 29, 2016)

School Principal Says Teens Attacked, Threatened Metro Riders (NBC4, Jan. 29, 2016)

Excessive force not a problem in the D.C. police force, but issues remain (Washington Post, Jan. 28, 2016)

Man Attacked in Red Line Metro Station; 6 Teenagers Arrested (NBC4, Jan. 28, 2016)

Six teenagers arrested after rush-hour fight on Red Line (Washington Post, Jan. 28, 2016)

Why Are There ‘So Many Sirens’ In D.C.? (WAMU, Jan. 28, 2016)

More people were murdered last year than in 2014, and no one’s sure why (Washington Post, Jan. 27, 2016

In less than a week, at least 6 street robberies or tries in D.C.’s Takoma area (Washington Post, Jan. 19, 2016)

Beltway Attorneys General Announce New Information Sharing Effort to Fight Gun Trafficking (Washington Free Beacon, Jan. 18, 2016)

Attorneys General Hold 1st Regional Meeting on Gun Violence Reduction (NBC29, Jan. 15, 2016)

New D.C. law aims to fight crime with larger security cam arsenal (WTOP, Jan. 15, 2016)

America’s Next Crime Wave (Forbes, Jan. 14, 2016)

D.C. police report increase in violent crime (Washington Times, Jan. 13, 2016)

Person assaulted by 2 suspects at L’Enfant Plaza Metro station (Fox5, Jan. 13, 2016)

D.C. officers oust union leader; new chairman vows to work with Lanier (Washington Post, Jan. 13, 2016)

Couple assaulted by group of teens at Metro station in unprovoked attack (Fox5, Jan. 11, 2016)

‘I’m risking my life’: Some Metro riders worry as serious crimes rise (Washington Post, Jan. 9, 2016)

D.C. police chief warns of robberies using guise of Internet sales (Washington Post, Jan. 9, 2016)

Guardian Angels to increase presence on Metro after recent attacks (WTOP, Jan. 8, 2016)

DC Guardian Angels to patrol on Metro (ABC-WJLA, Jan. 7, 2016)

D.C. councilmember voices concern after spike in Metro violence (WTOP, Jan. 7, 2016)

Bowser, police officials form task force to combat street robberies in District (Washington Post, Jan. 6, 2016)

New Task Force Aims to Reduce Robberies in D.C. (Washington City Paper, Jan. 6, 2016))

D.C. Task Force Targets Street Crimes (NBC Washington, Jan. 6, 2016)

Mayor Comes to Eastern Market Metro To Announce Initiative Against Robberies (Capitol Hill Corner, Jan. 6, 2016)

D.C. news crew’s car robbed while they were covering robbery task force creation announcement (New York Daily News, Jan. 6, 2016)

ABC7 News car broken into while crew was attending anti-robbery press conference in D.C. (ABC7-WJLA, Jan. 6, 2016)

News crew says truck was broken into while covering anti-robbery news conference (Washington Post, Jan. 6, 2016)

D.C. pools power to fight growing street robbery trend (WTOP, Jan. 6, 2016)

Council Approves Incentives for D.C. Residents to Install Security Cameras (Washington City Paper, Jan. 5, 2016)

Putting an end to killings isn’t crazy, but accepting them as the cost of living in D.C. is (Washington Post, Jan. 5, 2016)

D.C. Mayor Criticizes Council for Failure to Act on Crime Bill (NBC4, Jan. 4, 2016)

Fall 2015

D.C. sees 54% increase in homicides (Washington Times, Dec. 30, 2015)

D.C. police force falls under 3,800 for first time in a decade (Washington Post, Dec. 26, 2015) (“The number of D.C. police officers in the District has fallen below 3,800, its lowest level in a decade, breaking a threshold that top District officials once warned would be dangerously thin in a city that continues to grow.”)

Victim of violent carjacking in Southeast D.C. speaks out (ABC7-WJLA, Dec. 24, 2015)

Washington DC Crime Rate 2015: Amid Gentrification, A Public Safety Crisis Worries Some Neighborhood Leaders, Police Union (International Business Times, Dec. 11, 2015)

154 sweaters: One for every homicide victim in D.C. this year (Washington Post, Dec. 11, 2015)

Residents say crime is Washington’s No. 1 problem, poll finds (Washington Post, Nov. 18, 2015)

Victims recall terrifying attack on Metro train by group of teens (Fox5, Dec. 11, 2015)

Surge in robberies on Capitol Hill alters residents’ routines, lifestyles (Washington Post, Nov. 10, 2015)

Violent crime in D.C. jumps in Adams Morgan and Capitol Hill (Washington Post, Nov. 10, 2015)

Capitol Hill residents voice anger at robbery spike as police make arrests (Washington Post, Oct. 28, 2015)

D.C. police announce 8 arrests, extra patrols as robbery spree continues (WTOP, Oct. 23, 2015)

Crimes Without Punishment? (Washington Post, Oct. 21, 2015)

Commentary: The Reign of Terror on Capitol Hill (hill now.com, Oct. 15, 2015)

Americans Live In Fear Just Blocks From US Capitol (Daily Caller, Oct. 10, 2015)

Federal agents teaming with D.C. police to combat city’s crime surge (Washington Post, Oct. 7, 2015)

Stopping a rising tide of juvenile crime in the District (Washington Post, Oct. 2, 2015)

Audit finds Mayor’s task force for former inmates not fulfilling mission (Washington Post, Sept. 29, 2015)

D.C. homicides hit 5-year high (WTOP, Sept. 8, 2015)

D.C. to Track Violent Gun Offenders in Bid to Curb Crime (NBC Washington, Sept. 8, 2015)

Capitol Hill Grappling With D.C. Crime Spike (Roll Call, Sept. 8, 2015)

D.C. homicides hit 5-year high (WTOP, Sept. 8, 2015)

Lanier being pulled in different directions over D.C. crime spike (Washington Post, Aug. 31, 2015)

Amid glittering renewal, violence evokes a neighborhood’s bloody past (Washington Post, Aug. 30, 2015)

School starts in D.C. amid jitters over summer crime wave (Washington Post, Aug. 24, 2015)

Washington, D.C. and Gun Violence Among Black Youth: A Bellwether City at a Crossroads (Huffington Post, Aug. 19, 2015)

Child on bike allegedly robs victim at gunpoint in Northwest D.C. (Washington Post, Aug. 19, 2015)

‘Straight up execution’: Crime surges across the District (Washington, Post, Aug. 16, 2015)

Street robberies on the rise in Northwest D.C. (WTOP, Aug. 15, 2015)

D.C.’s summer gun violence: By the numbers and neighborhoods (Washington Post, Aug. 6, 2015)

Deadly violence has become all too common in one D.C. neighborhood (Washington Post, Aug. 6, 2015)

I Was Attacked on the Train. No One Helped Me. (Slate, July 13, 2015)

Horrified passengers witnessed brutal July 4 slaying aboard Metro car (Washington Post, July 7, 2015)