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Columbia Heights Resident Says Four Of Her Friends Have Been Killed In Past Several Months

Meet Jasmine Hermonstine.

Jasmine is a 20-year-old mother who lives with her 7-month-old daughter on 11th Street in Columbia Heights.  She says she has had four friends killed in the past several months, in various incidents.

Watch the video above to see what Jasmine had to say about her loved ones being killed, how it makes her feel, and how she is going about life with her baby girl after these tragic events. 

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Fourth DC Youth Who Escaped South Carolina Has Been Captured

This story comes to us from Reggie Sanders:

Washington, DC -- The DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) announced that a youth under the agency’s supervision who escaped from a South Carolina placement center on April 20th was taken back into custody by the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force today without incident.  The task force is made up of several state and local law enforcement agencies, including the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the United States Marshals Service. 

 

Sunday's Ontario Road NW Homicide Victim Identified As 23 Year-Old

This press release comes to us from Tisha Washington:

(Washington, DC)-The Metropolitan Police Department has announced that the victim of the homicide which occurred in the 2300 block of Ontario Road, NW has been identified.

On Sunday, April 24, 2011 at approximately 1:55 pm, members of the Third District responded to the 2400 block of 17th Street, NW for a man down. Upon arrival on scene, they discovered an unidentified male in the 2300 block of Ontario Road, NW suffering from trauma.

Personnel from DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and determined the victim had no signs of life. The victim was later pronounced dead by a member of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The decedent has been identified as 23 year-old Santos Jobel Martinez Umansor of NW, Washington, DC. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099 or 1-888-919- CRIME (1-888-919-2746).

Two Days After Stabbing, Mayor Gray Calls For Increased Security At National Zoo

Just two days after the stabbing at the National Zoo, Mayor Gray is calling for increased security at the location.

“This incident highlights the need for the National Zoo Police and other outside agencies to coordinate more closely with our Metropolitan Police Department to ensure public safety on high-turnout days and special events, such as Monday’s event at the Smithsonian National Zoo,” Gray said.  “(MPD Police) Chief Lanier is meeting with her counterpart in the National Zoo Police to discuss this incident and work toward better coordination to prevent such events in the future."

The violent incident also left some locals wondering if the Woodley Park site needs to step up its security.

Unlike many D.C. museums, the Zoo does not have metal detectors, a measure that some locals are calling for after the violent incident.

Borderstan: U Street Area Crimes Up More Than 35% This March From Last Year

Borderstan: U Street Area Crimes Up More Than 35% This March From Last Year

Crimes in and around the U Street Corridor are up 36% this past March compared to March 2010, local blog Borderstan reported this morning.  

According to the Matt Rhoades of Borderstan, who used numbers from the MPD Crime Database, "There were 101 crimes compared to 74 the previous March. PSA 305 covers the U Street NW area as well as the Howard University area to the northeast.  The increase was in both property and violent crimes. There were 26 violent crimes last month, up from 20 in March 2010. The number of property crimes increased from 54 in March 2010 to 75 last month."

Read the whole report on Borderstan.

 

VIDEO: U Street Locals React To Shooting at 14th and V Streets

VIDEO: U Street Locals React To Shooting at 14th and V Streets

A number of locals gathered around the scene of a shooting at 14th and V streets in NW this afternoon, a violent incident that has left many U Street community residents concerned.

"It's just getting silly, like this shooting," said one U Street local.  "The community is getting fed up over it, worried, scared, especially in broad daylight...you're concerned."

Check out the video above to see more reaction from U Street neighborhood residents, including one man who said, "You can't even walk in the streets without something happening...people can't go about their normal business without someone doing something outlandish like a shooting in broad daylight."

For all of the current information about the U Street shooting story, click here.