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Mayor and Police Chief Announce First Phase of All Hands on Deck 2010

Friday, May 7, 2010
Chief Lanier announced the closure of two recent homides.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier announced today PHASE I of All Hands on Deck (AHOD) 2010, which began at 6 am Friday, May 7 and will continue through 6 am on Sunday, May 9, 2010. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>

During AHOD, all available sworn MPD personnel will be on patrol throughout the District emphasizing community policing, focused law enforcement and community outreach. This will include increased foot beats, homicide detectives following up on cases, and recruits passing out specific crime related information.

During the eight All Hands on Decks in 2009, MPD made a total of 3,505 arrests and seized more than $315,000 in drugs.

“District Police have made tremendous progress in reducing crime and closing investigations,” said Mayor Fenty. “We are here today because we have more hard work ahead of us. However, every district resident can feel confident and be proud that we now have the lowest number of homicides in four decades and our officers have a homicide closure rate that greatly exceeds the national average.”

The Metropolitan Police Department’s current homicide closure rate is 76 percent. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier today announced arrests in two unrelated homicides. Both arrests occurred on Monday, May 3, 2010.

“We are pleased to announce the closure in these two homicides and we want to continue to send a message to criminals that violence in our communities will not be tolerated,” said Chief Lanier. “ You will no longer get away with murder in DC.”

At 9:20 am on Monday, 18-year-old Curtis Faison of Southeast, DC was arrested and charged with First Degree Murder while Armed pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant in connection with the April 10, 2010 shooting death of 27-year-old Melvin White, who was found fatally shot in the 600 block of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>46th Place, SE.  Mr. Faison was arrested by members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force.

At approximately, 10:30 am on Monday, May 3, 2010 members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested a 16-year-old male juvenile pursuant to an arrest warrant charging him with Second Degree Murder While Armed in connection with the March 16, 2010 death of 33-year-old Marcus Herrion, who was found fatally shot in the 2700 block of Langston Place, SE. The identity of the suspect in this case is being withheld because of his age.

The Metropolitan Police Department offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any unsolved homicide committed in the District of Columbia.

The MPD is reminding residents, or anyone else who may know of a robbery that occurred in the District, that the MPD offers a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for any armed robbery or a robbery that results in serious bodily injury.

Anyone who has information about a crime may call police at (202) 727-9099 or 1-888-919-CRIM[E] (1-888-919-2746). Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.