First District Station provided additional police presence in and around the Potomac Gardens area. “We make it our first priority to build a safe community and will exhaust every effort to do so,” said Robert Contee, Commander of the First District. “This will allow us to not only develop closer ties to our community but also offer tactical advantages that require a more stealthy response.”
For residents in the 700 block of 13th Street, Southeast those changes paid off. On Wednesday, March 17, 2016 at approximately 6:14 pm officers were dispatched to a call for a destruction of property in the area. Upon arrival officers located a vehicle with a broken front driver side window.
After further investigation, officers stopped a suspect matching the lookout description in front of the 700 block of 13th Street, Southeast. Officers attempted to approach the suspect and communicated loud verbal commands for him to put his hands behind his back. The suspect did not comply and started to move away from the officers.
A brief struggle pursued, but the officers peacefully subdued the suspect and he was placed in handcuffs without incident. Officers quickly conducted a search of the suspect and recovered a silver revolver, with black tape on the handle.
“Further investigation into this suspect revealed that he was a Fugitive from Justice from Prince Georges County, Maryland,” said Captain Mark Beach, Assistant Patrol District Commander at the First Police District Substation Operations.
The firearm was stolen from Prince Georges County, on Wednesday September 23, 2015. The suspect, 20-year old Trevonta Deon Barnes, of Suitland, MD was arrested in the District for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Entry of a vehicle.
“I applaud the efforts of our mountain bike officers in this case and all our officers that have intently focused their efforts in reducing crime and removing illegal guns from our community,” said Captain Beach.
This is not the only incident this month where the increased patrols have revealed success. First District bike officers also chased down and apprehend a suspect after they robbed a juvenile of her backpack. The incident occurred in the 200 block of N Street, Southwest on Friday, March 11, 2016 at approximately 4:28 pm. A short time later, officers arrested a juvenile male. He was charged with Robbery.
“The advantages of the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) bike patrols are vast. They make almost no noise, so perpetrators of crime have less time to react to their presence. Bike officers remain an important asset to the MPD team by patrolling communities quickly and safely.” said Contee.
On Sunday, April 10, 2016 the MPD’s First, Fourth, and Fifth Districts Bike Patrol Officers will host a community bike ride through Wards two, four, five, and six. The ride will depart at10:00 am from the Takoma Metro Station, with stops to pick up additional riders at the Brookland-CUA Metro Station and at the NoMA- Gallaudet U Metro Station. The ride will end at the U.S. Capitol.
For more information about the Metropolitan Police Department’s Bike Patrol Units go to: http://mpdc.dc.gov/page/bicycle-patrol-officer-tayna-williams