Police have captured a suspect in the series of home burglaries in the Northeast areas of Capitol Hill (in First District Police Service Areas (PSAs) 104, 107 and 108).
The 33-year-old Southeast District resident is suspected of targeting private homes and primarily forcing entry through the rear doorway areas. Some of the homes were occupied upon the suspect’s entry while others were not, creating a heightened sense of fear and anxiety in our communities.
“This suspect rose to the top of our most wanted lists over the past couple weeks,” said Lieutenant Damion L. Taylor in an email to the First District List Serv.
On Sunday night at around 11:47 p.m., a resident reported a suspicious person matching the description of the suspect in the area of the 500 block of F Street NE, walking through the alleyways. Officers familiar with the man’s image and mode of operation arrived and made a perimeter in the area. They confronted the suspect, who attempted to run.
Officers chased the suspect, catching him at Seventh and G Streets NE without further incident. The suspect was positively identified and immediately charged with multiple counts of Burglary, Unlawful Entry and Destruction of Property committed in the First District:
- on Sunday, June 2 on the 500 block of Sixth Street NE
- on Tuesday, June 11 on the 400 block of 11 Street SE
- on Thursday, June 13 on the 700 block of North Carolina Avenue NE
- on Sunday, June 15 on the 500 block of E Street SE
- on Sunday, June 15 on the 400 block of 11 Street NE.
“This arrest is an example of what we can accomplish as a community when the police and citizens work together and alongside one another to combat violence and disorder in a community,” said Taylor. “No outside force can successfully invade a community when the police and citizens work closely together.”
The First District would like to thank all of the community members who submitted home videos and information to bring closure to these serial burglaries. Anyone with additional information may contact the First District Detective’s Office at 202-299-2025. The case will now move to the United States Attorney’s Office for prosecution.