Protesters can be seen in the reflection of a D.C. police vehicle window.
D.C. police vehicle Credit: Darrow Montgomery/File

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Good afternoon, D.C. Temperatures are rising after a chilly weekend, which hopefully portends good things for this week. Now for some non-weather news you may have missed over the weekend.

Person Found Dead in Second District Cell Block

Marquez Parker, a Northwest D.C. resident, was found unconscious and not breathing hours after he was arrested on Thursday morning. Parker was arrested on armed kidnapping charges and surrendered to members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force without incident around 6:45 a.m. He was held at the Second District headquarters on Idaho Avenue NW, according to the Post. When officers went to check on Parker around 10:30 a.m., he was unresponsive. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine how Parker died. MPD’s internal affairs bureau is also investigating the events. As of this morning, one officer had been placed on non-contact status while the investigation is ongoing.

Parker was charged with kidnapping his girlfriend, Selita Tashaun Lee, in late July. She was found several hours later.

Chocolate Shop Robbed Twice in 24 Hours

Ahead of Valentine’s Day, staff at the Chocolate House, a small candy store on 18th Street NW, are dealing with the aftermath of two robberies that took place on Feb. 2 and 3. Around 1 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, a man wearing dark clothing broke the store’s glass front door, told employees he had a gun, and demanded money from the cash register. Police say that the same man returned on the evening of Friday, Feb. 3, and this time, took a money pouch. Police believe the suspect, who remains at large, then robbed another person on the 2200 block of 18th Street NW. 

Owners of the shop say this is the first time they’ve dealt with robberies in their 17 years of business, but they remain worried about a recent spate of break-ins nearby. The glass door at Bombay Street Food 3 was also smashed on Friday morning, and the Philz Coffee location on Adams Mill Road reported a robbery on Friday morning as well. Philz announced late last month that it would leave the D.C. market in the coming weeks, citing “business conditions and [their] desire to provide the best possible experience to our customers” as the reasons behind the exit.

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