Category Archives: Crime

Ongoing Homicide Investigations

There still is not a lot of information on last Tuesday’s gruesome crime on Holbrook Terrace and only speculation about it being connected to the July 17 shooting of 25-year-old Larry Michael Lockhart on Orren St or Friday night’s shooting of 23-year-old Jeffery Cortez Johnson on Raum St, both of which have been ruled homicides.

MPD announced that the death of the unidentified victim found in a burning trash can behind a long-vacant home  in the 1200 block of Holbrook Terrace NE has been ruled a homicide. On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, members of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be gunshot wounds and the manner of death is homicide. It was also determined that the decedent is a black male. The investigation is ongoing.

MPD has shared that they are getting a lot of tips from the community and that even small bits of information help them piece together the larger puzzle. At a recent TNA meeting, Commander Fitzgerald indicated MPD was close to closing the Larry Lockhart homicide investigation. Please contact MPD with any information you may have.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099.  Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

Arrest Made in Armed Robbery in 1200 block of Raum St NE

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Fifth District have announced an arrest has been made in the armed robbery of a citizen that occurred on Sunday, June 21, 2015, at approximately 11:30 pm in the 1200 block of Raum Street Northeast.

On Thursday, June 25, 2015, pursuant to D.C. Superior Court arrest warrant members of the Narcotics and Special Investigations Division-Gun Recovery Unit located and arrested 19-year old Darius Briscoe of Northeast, DC.  He was charged with Armed Robbery.

Breaking News: Burned Body Found in Trash Can on Holbrook Terrace

Fox5 News’ @JenniferDavisDC is reporting a gruesome crime in Trinidad this morning. Police were called out for a burning trash can in the alley behind the 1200 block of Holbrook Terrace NE around 6am and found a body inside. Chief Lanier and Council Member McDuffie were on the scene. This is all we know right now.

Chief Lanier on WJLA.

Homicide on Orren

You may have heard gunshots overnight Tuesday or saw the road blocked off by police through the day on Wednesday. Unfortunately, a resident was shot and killed. The reason behind the shooting is unknown to us at this time. Neighbors tell us that the victim had recently moved in with his mother and was walking home from work at the time the shooting occurred. Our condolences to his family.

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Change in Leadership at 5th District Police Station

Deirdre Porter, who led MPD’s 5th District for just over a year, has stepped down as Commander.

William Fitzgerald has been named Acting Commander. Fitzgerald was previously with the Criminal Investigations Division, overseeing seven district detective units. He writes to the MPD-5 listeserve that he looks “forward to getting to know the community and collaborating with you to quickly address any concerns that may arise. I welcome community input and encourage you to contact me with any questions or concerns.” Commander Fitzgerald can be reached at 202-698-0111 or

Text the Police at 50411

Community members can use their cell phones to anonymously text tips about serious or violent crimes to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Give 5-0 the 411 with the MPD’s Text Tip Line: 50411. Text messages are monitored by members of the department 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Tips on serious or violent crimes will be investigated by members of the department. If you would like a police response for any incident, please call 911. All tips may also be directed to (202) 727-9099 and may be eligible for a reward.

Because the tip line is anonymous, the sender will not receive a response to the original message. The anonymous text tip line is not an emergency number. If you witness a crime in progress or have an emergency that requires the police, please call 911.

More MPD Hotlines, Tip Lines and Important Phone Numbers. 

Man arrested for killing puppy in Trinidad

The Washington Humane Society sent out the press release below (the original story is hereWARNING: The link contains a very graphic image of the murdered puppy).

Thanks so much to WHS for their hard work. Please consider contributing on the memorial and donations page in honor of King Tut; proceeds will “aid the Washington Humane Society in [its] efforts to educate the community about animal welfare issues, to stop cruelty, and to help prevent future incidents like this, while honoring King Tut.”


Sean Delontay Branch Arrested on Felony Animal Cruelty Charge in “King Tut” Puppy Case

Man accused of killing a sleeping 6-month-old puppy

 Washington, DC – Sean Delontay Branch, 24, of the 1000 block of 18th Street NE, was arrested July 11 in Clinton, Md., on one count of felony animal cruelty. He is suspected of killing a 6-month-old brindle and white puppy by dropping a large 100-lb. block of cement on the dog’s head while he was sleeping. The incident occurred June 29 behind the Circle Seven Express store at 1209 Mount Olivet Road NE. Branch was arraigned July 11 and his preliminary hearing is scheduled July 31. He faces up to five years in jail and a $25,000 fine.

The Washington Humane Society Humane Law Enforcement Department received a report of a dog who had had a brick dropped on its head at a convenience store on the morning of June 29.  Upon arrival, officers found the body of the dog, named King Tut, who had died as a result of his injuries.

“A helpless puppy suffered a horrifying death at the hands of a callous human who showed no regard for the life of an innocent animal,” said Scott Giacoppo, Vice President, External Affairs & Chief Programs Officer, Washington Humane Society. “This extreme act of cruelty—one of the worst I have seen in my career—is indefensible, and we look forward to bringing to justice the person who committed this vile crime.”

The Washington Humane Society’s Humane Law Enforcement Department, comprised of four full-time Humane Law Enforcement Officers, investigates over 1,400 complaints of animal cruelty each year. To report animal cruelty and neglect 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call 202-BE-HUMANE.


The Washington Humane Society, the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the United States, has been the leading voice for animals in the District of Columbia since 1870. As the only open-access shelter in the nation’s capital, no call for help goes unanswered, and no animal is ever turned away. The Washington Humane Society provides comfort and care to nearly 30,000 animals each year through its broad range of programs and services including: sheltering, adoption, humane law enforcement, spay and neuter, humane education, human – animal rehabilitation programs and lost and found services. For more information, please visit

Mug shot available upon request.


*UPDATED* REWARD: Puppy cruelly killed behind Circle 7

REWARD: NOW $2,500

On Friday June 29th 2012, King Tut, a 6-month old brindle and white puppy, had a large block of cement dropped on his head while he was sleeping. This incident occurred at approximately 9 a.m. behind the Circle Seven Express store at 1209 Mount Olivet Road, NE. The injuries to the puppy were fatal.  The suspect is a light-skinned African-American male, medium-build, in his late 20s.

The Washington Humane Society desperately needs the help of the community for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this horrific act of animal cruelty. The Washington Humane Society is offering a $1,000.00 $2,500.00  reward that will be given to any person who provides such information.

Please share this information and the reward poster (WARNING: The poster contains a very graphic image of the murdered puppy and is below the page break) with others in community.

If you have any information about this case, please contact the

Washington Humane Society’s Humane Law Enforcement Department: Officer D’Eramo

202-723-5730 ext.131

Information will be kept confidential upon request.

The Washington Human Society has also set up a memorial and donations page in honor of King Tut, and proceeds will “aid the Washington Humane Society in [its] efforts to educate the community about animal welfare issues, to stop cruelty, and to help prevent future incidents like this, while honoring King Tut.”

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