Daily Archives: July 8, 2015

BREAKING NEWS: 19 Year Old Arrested for Murder of Heineken McNeil (UPDATE with MPD press release)

Mayor Bowser and Police Chief Lanier held a press conference this afternoon regarding violent crime and homicide in DC and the uptick in incidents this summer. They also announced an arrest in a recent murder.

Today Zacchaeus Blanding was arrested in the brutal murder of Heineken McNeil. Mr. NcNeil was found murdered on Holbrook Terrace NE on June 23rd. Initially this murder was thought to be the result of a neighborhood feud and that belief sparked other violence in Trinidad, according to Mayor Bowser and Chief Lanier. It was not a rivalry or a feud but in fact the suspect and victim were friends and knew each other. The suspect and victim were noted to be associates in the same neighborhood.

Zacchaeus Blanding, aged 19, has been charged with second degree murder. Chief Lanier would not comment on possible motives for the murder.

Our thoughts are with Heineken McNeil’s family as they mourn and seek closure.

The MPD Press Release is below:

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Arrest made in Homicide 1200 block of Holbrook Terrace Northeast
Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced an arrest has been made in the homicide that occurred on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at approximately 5:42 am.

Members of the Fifth District and DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to the report of a fire in the 1200 block of Holbrook Terrace, Northeast. Upon extinguishing the fire, human remains were discovered.

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.

On Wednesday, July 8, 2015 pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force (CARFTF) arrested 19 year-old Zacchaeus Blanding of Northeast, DC. He was charged with Murder Two While Armed for the shooting death of 19 year-old Heineken McNeil.


Persons of Interest Sought in Robbery (1300 block Montello Ave NE)

Published Tuesday, July 7, 2015 by the DC Police Department:
Persons of Interest Sought in a Robbery (Gun): 1300 Block of Montello Avenue, Northeast
(Washington, DC) – The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating two persons of interest in connection with a Robbery (Gun) offense, which occurred on Sunday, June 7, 2015, at approximately 4:40 am in the 1300 block of Montello Avenue, Northeast.

The persons of interest can be seen in this video: http://youtu.be/fgOt75LZ2is

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 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 robbery committed in the District of Columbia.

BREAKING NEWS: Possible Arrest in Homicide Case (Holbrook Terrace)

WUSA 9 is citing police sources and reporting a possible arrest in the June 23rd murder on Holbrook Terrace.


WASHINGTON (WUSA9) — There are new developments and a possible arrest in the case of a burned body found in a trash can in D.C. last month, according to a police source.

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The remains of 19-year-old Heineken McNeil of Southeast D.C. were found at approximately 5:42 a.m. on June 23 in the 1200 block of Holbrook Terrace NE. Officers were called to the scene for a report of a trash can on fire. Once the fire was extinguished, officers found McNeil’s remains. They later discovered that he had died from a gunshot wound before the fire.

RELATED STORY: Man found in burning trash can identified

His death was being investigated as a homicide.

Police chief Cathy Lanier and Mayor Muriel Bowser are expected to give an update on the case at Metropolitan Police Department’s headquarters on Wednesday afternoon. We will have the latest details here as we receive them.

Save the Dates: H St Festival and Art All Night

Two large scale events are planned for the H Street Corridor in the fall.

The first is the H Street Festival which will be returning on September 19, 2015. The festival is free and open to the public and is considered one of the best street festivals in DC. You can learn more about the festival, sign up to volunteer, register as a vendor, or find performer information on the hstreet.org website.

A second event is Art All Night to be held on September 26, 2015. Art All Night is hosted by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH). The festival is an all-night exploration and celebration of contemporary art, encompassing five of DC’s most vibrant neighborhoods: Dupont Circle, Shaw, North Capitol, H Street NE, and Congress Heights. Last year there were 13 venues along H Street NE that hosted events. You can check the website to remain informed on where events along H Street will scheduled.

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