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City Desk provides weekly updates on crimes throughout the District.
Death Doesn’t Take a Holiday: Shortly before 5 a.m. Christmas morning, three people were shot in a house at 5401 Fourth Street NW. Miguel Angel Romero, 21, was killed; two others were hospitalized and are in critical condition. Marlo Antonio Garcias, 20, of the 1300 block of Newton Street NW has been arrested in connection with the shootings. Police believe the gunfire occurred as a result “of a verbal altercation at a social gathering.”
Tremaine Flythe allegedly lunged at Metropolitan Police Department officers with a knife on Kenyon Street NW before being shot and killed by them on the afternoon of Dec. 26. An MPD press release says that Flythe, “who was being investigated in connection with an earlier offense, twice confronted and reportedly lunged at officers in the 400 and subsequently the 600 blocks of Kenyon Street NW, in the attempt to inflict bodily harm.” Two policemen, on the force five and six years, respectively, opened fire. Flythe, 32, of Northwest D.C., was pronounced dead at 4:33 p.m. at an area hospital.
Police responded to the vicinity of Fourth and Oakwood Streets SE around 5 a.m. on Dec. 27 for reported gunfire.They found Anthony J. Perkins in the 2900 block of Fourth Street SE inside a car “that had steam billowing from its engine compartment.” Perkins, of the 1800 block of T Street SE, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Lady Crooks Get Pinched: Three female robbers who allegedly stalked women for their purses have been arrested. After stealing two other pocketbooks on Dec. 12 and 14, the suspects tried a similar bag grab around 12:40 a.m. on Dec. 22, police said. The trio, backed up by four males, approached a pedestrian in the 2600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW and started beating her “about the body” until she fell, according to police. The suspects left on foot with the purse, but a cab driver witnessed the incident and alerted police, who saturated the neighborhood. Officers spotted the group around 23rd and G Streets NW and ran after them, nabbing all seven. Six are juveniles; the other was identified as 19-year-old Jasmine Brown of the 1000 block of E Street NE.
Creamy Caper: A robbery occurred at Tangysweet, a trendy frozen yogurt bar at 675 E Street NW, around 6:15 p.m.on Dec. 26. The gunmen tied one of the employees to a chair before making off with what police described as a large amount of cash and a computer.
Source: MPD District listservs, public releases