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Always On: A couple of off-duty Metropolitan Police Department officers nabbed an alleged burglar on Jan. 22, but it wasn’t easy. According to a police account, Officer Andrew Zabavsky was walking his dog in the 500 block of 6th Street SE at about 3 p.m. when he heard someone yelling for help. Zabavsky located the shouting citizen and noticed a man running away. “Officer Zabavsky then identified himself as a police officer and attempted to restrain the perpetrator.” That didn’t go so well. Police say the suspect began choking the cop. Another off-duty officer, Andrew Horos—on his way to work at the 1st District Substation—spotted the struggle and jumped out of his car to help. That also didn’t go so well.
Horos “identified himself and asked the man to stop resisting,” police say, but the suspect began cursing, then “grabbed the genital area of Officer Horos.” The officers eventually got the upper hand and arrested the suspect. He allegedly was burglarizing a house on 6th street SE when he was surprised by someone inside who shouted for help. The 47-year-old has had previous arrests for burglary.
Don’t Touch Me: On Jan. 24, a couple was enjoying themselves at a nightclub in the 1900 block of M Street NW when things took a turn for the worse. At around 2:30 a.m., the woman was allegedly groped by a male stranger. Her boyfriend told police he approached the suspected groper about the unwanted contact and the man headbutted him in the face. The suspect ran from the nightclub. The headbutted boyfriend was treated at an area hospital and released.
Spirited Away: On Jan. 23, while patronizing a Georgetown CVS, a woman had her wallet stolen. She told police she was holding it in the drug store at 1403 Wisconsin Ave. NW when a man yanked it away. He ran from the store.
Later that day, around 10 p.m., there was another snatching in the 800 block of 23rd Street NW. A man told police he was headed northbound, holding his iPhone, when a thief came by and swiped it. The alleged snatcher fled. The victim tried chasing him but couldn’t match his speed.
Stash: On Jan. 21, the 3rd District Substation Robbery Tactical Unit served a warrant at the home of a suspect previously arrested for a robbery in the 3500 block of Georgia Avenue NW on Jan. 20. The warrant, served in the 1300 block of Oak Street NW, allowed officers to recover a U.S. military (Air Force) flak jacket, a chrome .38 caliber-style air pistol, a black rifle BB gun, several .22 caliber Remington ammunition rounds, and 11 cell phones.
Source: MPD District listservs, public releases