Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) reports indicate there was less crime on the Hill during the Super Bowl than the previous day, a casual observation that appears to be supported by science.
A recent study found that televised sporting events have a significant effect on crime. Researchers at the University of California found that violent, property and drug crime reports dropped by 25 percent during the Super Bowl.
That research appears to be supported by MPD reports for this weekend, at least around Capitol Hill. While a significant number of crimes were reported for Saturday, on Sunday significantly fewer crimes involving two parties were reported. All of them took place before the game began at 6:30 p.m.
Arrests after midnight would appear on the Monday reports, which are issued Tuesday morning.
At 12:15 a.m. Saturday, a man was arrested on the 300 block of P Street SW on charges of Simple Assault.
At 3:47 a.m. Saturday, a man was arrested on the 1300 block of Bladensburg Road NE on charges of Driving Under the Influence.
At 4:33 a.m. Saturday, a woman and a man were arrested on the 400 block of First Street NE on charges of Simple Assault.
At 8:45 a.m. Saturday, a man was arrested on the 100 block of P Street SW on charges of Aggravated Assault.
At 11:20 a.m. Saturday, a man was arrested on the 1600 block of West Virginia Avenue NE on charges of Stalking.
At 1:45 p.m. Saturday, a man and a woman were arrested on the 2100 block of I Street NE on charges of Simple Assault.
At 4:45 p.m. Saturday, a man was arrested on the 700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE on charges of Possessing a Bb Gun.
At 7:21 p.m., a car was stolen on the 700 block of Fifth Street NE.
At 8:04 p.m. Saturday, a man was arrested on the 1000 block of 16th Street NE on charges of Simple Assault.
At 10:01 p.m. Saturday, there was an assault with a dangerous weapon on the 900 block of Mount Olivet Road NE.
At 1:21 p.m. Sunday, there was phone snatch on the 1200 block of H Street NE.
At 3:50 p.m. Sunday, a man was arrested on the 1500 block of Benning Road NE on charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance.
At 5:30 p.m. Sunday, a woman was arrested on the 1200 block of I Street SE on charges of Driving Under the Influence.
Reporting Illegal Activity
Prompt and detailed reporting of suspicious activities helps prevent crime. If a citizen sees suspicious activity, or any activity that seems out of the ordinary, immediately call 911.
When reporting suspicious activity, give an accurate description. Here are some things to include:
Brief description of the activity;
- Date, time and location of the activity;
- Physical identifiers of anyone you observed;
- Descriptions of vehicles;
- Information about where people involved in suspicious activities may have gone;
- Your name and contact information.
“As we continue to work with our community in the prevention of crime, we ask that if you see something suspicious you contact us immediately,” says First District Commander Morgan C. Kane, MPA.
The Blotter is based on the reports posted on February 2nd and 3rd, 2020 by the MPD to the 1D Listserv and 5D Listserv.