Friday, December 14, 2018

Can You Help MPD Identify this Man or Vehicle?

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Person of interest in a robbery

MPD is asking the public for help to identify a person of interest in a Robbery (Force and Violence) that took place in the 600 block of H Street NE on Tuesday, Dec. 11. At a little after 1:30pm the suspect approached a victim from behind, and assaulted and robbed him before fleeing the scene.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Tonight: Annual H Street Ugly Sweater Holiday Run (Dec. 13)

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It's time again for the annual H Street Ugly Sweater Run with the H Street Runners, Argonaut Running Club, and the Big Board Runners. Runners are invited to wear their most tacky festive sweaters or other holiday attire for a short fun run (under two miles) down H Street NE. This year the group is supporting two charities. The organizers are collecting running shoes for Back on My Feet (BOMF), a charity that "uses the power of running to fuel economic stability for those experiencing homelessness." If you have a collection of racing medals please consider bringing one or two as a donation to Medals for Mettle, a nonprofit founded by marathoners, which gives race medals to honor and uplift folks – especially children struggling with serious illness or disease. Medals from all races (any distance) will be accepted and will be presented to very deserving people who will really love them. So consider donating a race medal – or as many of you can! Donations will be collected prior to the run.

Runners should meet outside Duffy's (1016 H St. NE) at 6:30pm. The group will return to Duffy's post-run (about 7pm) for food and drinks in the new covered tent area in the back (so any rain showers won't spoil the fun).

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

MPD Arrests Suspect in Kidnapping on West Virginia Ave & Multiple Area Burglaries

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This map shows the location of 6 of the 7 recent crimes with which Watson has been charged

Many might rest a little easier tonight knowing that MPD has arrested a suspect who broke into a home and forced the occupants to travel with him to a nearby ATM to withdraw money. Police arrested Donte Watson (33, of no fixed address) Monday and have charged him with the armed kidnapping and several burglaries that have taken place either in or near Trinidad or (in the most recent case) elsewhere in NE over the past two weeks.

Arrest Made in an Armed Kidnapping and Burglary One Offenses in the Fifth District

(Washington, DC) – Detectives with the Metropolitan Police Department’s Fifth District and the Violent Crimes Task Force announce an arrest has been made in an Armed Kidnapping and multiple Burglary One offenses in the Fifth District.

1 Burglary One While Armed (Screwdriver) [1300 block of West Virginia Avenue NE] – On Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, at approximately 12:33am, the suspect entered an occupied residence. The suspect approached the victim and brandished a screwdriver. The suspect took the victim’s property and then fled the scene. CCN: 18-202-469

Monday, December 10, 2018

MPD Seeks to ID Suspect in Armed Kidnapping on West Virginia Ave NE

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Video stills show the suspect in an armed kidnapping

A couple awoke early this past Thursday morning to find a stranger wielding a knife in their bedroom. The male intruder demanded cash, and when the victims could not produce it he forced the couple in vehicle with him. According to an MPD press release they were driven to a nearby store and were instructed to withdraw money from the ATM and give it to their kidnapper. According to a Fox5 report the victims each withdrew $200 and handed it over to the kidnapper, who then handed over to them a backpack he had loaded with some of their belongings and fled the scene. The home invasion happened about 3:25am Dec. 6 in the 1200 block of West Virginia Avenue NE. The suspect was last seen running down an alley in the 1200 block of Mt. Olivet Road NE. In response to a question on Twitter Fox5 reporter Lauren DeMarco indicated that the suspect gained entry to the home through an unlocked window.

Friday, December 07, 2018

Local Eats/Drinks News: Pluma Noche, Rueben Egg Rolls, + Popcorn & Prosecco

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The Rueben egg roll at Pow Pow (image tweeted by the restaurant)

You Can Now Get Your Rueben Fix in Egg Roll Form

Pow Pow (1253 H St. NE) is rolling out a tasty sounding new menu item sometime this month. Rueben egg rolls will join the plant-based line-up.

Movies (& a Springtime Move?) at The Pursuit

Reader and neighbor Karen Ramsey let me know (and The Hill is Home recently mentioned) that plans are in the works for wine bar The Pursuit (1421 H St. NE) to relocate a little closer to much of the nightlife on H Street NE. The Pursuit will reportedly move to the 1100 block of H Street sometime in the spring of 2019. Speaking of The Pursuit, did you know that you can join the gang for a movie night each Wednesday with their Popcorn and Prosecco series (7:30–11pm)? The film starts at 7:30pm, and they will be watching Christmas Vacation this coming Wednesday. Free popcorn for everyone and $7 glasses of prosecco available all night.

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Erik Bruner-Yang to Open (Pop-Up) Yangs with Hot Pot & Taco on H Street NE Tomorrow

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Erik Bruner-Yang, of Maketto (1351 H St. NE), will open his latest venture tomorrow at 1358 H St. NE. The new pop-up restaurant will be called Yangs, and it will serve hot pot and tacos. If that seems like an odd combination, keep in mind that Bruner-Yang partnered with Troy Hickman for the Tacos Impala pop-up way back in 2010.

You'll be able to select either a chicken or vegetable based broth for your hot pot, pick your sauce, add meat/seafood/vegetables, and finish it off with a selection of tofu, different noodles, or even dumplings. In the mood for tacos instead? Get them in grilled steak, braised pork, chorizo, or grilled chicken. Among the beverage options you will find beer, wine, tea, and margaritas.

James Wozniuk, of Maketto, will man the kitchen as chef. Colin Sugalski, also of Maketto, has been named as beverage director. The concept is by Foreign National (Bruner-Yang's restaurant/design company).

Yangs will be open Tuesday though Saturday from 5pm to close.

Local Crime: Suspect At Large in Nov. 26 Murder, & Man Assaulted with a Pipe on Orren Street NE

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Police are still seeking Malik Morris as a suspect in the Nov. 26 murder of Randall Francis


A man was waiting for the the bus at a stop in the 1100 block of Orren Street NE about 4:30pm yesterday when an "unknown black male"  came up and hit him in the head with a pipe before fleeing the scene. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. [Based on an email from Lt. Brian Brown to the MPD-5D Yahoo Group]

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Local Briefing: Upcoming Community Meetings & Uzu is Hiring

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Good eats from Uzu when they were operating out of Shopkeepers on Florida Avenue NE

The Langston Civic Association will hold its quarterly meeting tomorrow (Wednesday, Dec. 5) from 7–8:30pm at the Patsy Hartsfield Center (2026 Maryland Ave. NE). Topics for this meeting will include a public safety discussion, a look at local transit priorities (presentation by DDOT), the latest news on the outcome of the Sylvia's protest, and an update on efforts to reopen the Arboretum's M Street entrance.

The monthly meeting of Rosedale Library Friends will take place this Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10–11am at the Rosedale Library (1701 Gales St. NE).

Uzu is hiring cashiers and cooks. Full-time and part-time positions available are available. Uzu serves ramen and other Japanese comfort food at Union Market (1309 Fifth St. NE).