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Round of Applause: September 2016

Round of ApplauseEach spring, the MPD holds a Department-wide awards ceremony to recognize sworn and civilan members for the outstanding work they do throughout the year. In addition to this annual ceremony, members are also presented with awards throughout the year at the regularly-scheduled crime briefings. In September 2016, the following members were recognized for their exeptional service:


Achievement Medal


Fifth District Officer Tries to Save Unconscious Victim

On Sunday, January 24, 2016, Fifth District Officer Choummany Vorachack received a radio assignment from the dispatcher to go to the Fort Lincoln Senior Village to respond to a call about an unconscious person.

When Officer Vorachack arrived on the scene, he discovered an unconscious person on the floor, and he immediately began to administer one-person CPR. He performed CPR for ten minutes before emergency medical personnel arrived to transport the man to the hospital. Once there, doctors were unable to revive the unconscious man. Although the victim did not survive, Officer Vorachack did everything in his power to try to save the him until emergency medical personnel arrived on the scene.


Achievement Medal


Achievement: Seventh District Members Stop Assault in Progress, Make Arrest

On Wednesday, March 23, 2016, Officers Latonya Elliott and Willie Galtney were patrolling in the 1900 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE, when they observed an adult male suspect wielding a knife in his left hand and kneeling over a woman, who was yelling for help.

Officers Elliott and Galtney approached the suspect, issued verbal commands, and upon getting compliance, placed him under arrest without further incident. Due to their dedication to duty, and vigilance while on patrol, Officers Elliot and Galtney’s actions were exemplary when they stopped this assault which could have elevated to a violent situation.

Achievement Medal


5D, 6D, SOD Collaborate to Close 5D Robbery, Carjacking from Mont. County

On Wednesday, April 5, 2016, at approximately 12:01 am, Officer Christopher Brown received a LoJack hit for an Armed Carjacking vehicle that had occurred a few hours earlier. Officer Brown began canvassing for the black Mercedes SUV in the Fifth District. Air Support Falcon arrived in the Fifth District to assist, piloted by Officer Jeffrey McCormick and observer Reserve Seregant Marcello Muzzatti.

At 12:10 am, the Fifth District received a call for a robbery in the 900 block of 19th Street, NE, involving a Sport Utility Vehicle. At approximately 12:15 am, during the canvass for the Mercedes, Officer Brown spotted a black BMW two door, broadcast in a lookout in regard to an armed carjacking that had occurred at about 11:15 pm in Montgomery County. In the area of 19th and Benning Road, NE, Officer Brown turned on his lights in response to spotting the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle failed to stop, and fled east.

Officer Brown and Officer Daniel McMichael both pursued the vehicle. The suspect vehicle took out a traffic pole at the intersection of Minnesota Avenue and Benning Road, NE. The vehicle then continued to 39th and Benning Road, NE, coming to a stop on the opposite sidewalk. All of the occupants of the vehicle bailed out and fled on foot but were captured without any use of force. Officer Brown arrested the driver and Officer Joseph Devlin arrested the front passenger. Due to the concerted effort between Air Support Falcon and the officers on the ground, the pursuit lasted less than 45 seconds from the attempted traffic stop to the termination, resulting in a traffic crash.

Achievement Medal 


Achievement: Seventh District Quickly Officer Nabs Attempted Rape Suspect

On Saturday, June 4, 2016, Officer Niger Garrett was on routine patrol when he was flagged down by several citizens in the 1400 block of Good Hope Road, SE, at approximately 3:37 am. Upon exiting his vehicle, Officer Garrett heard a female screaming for help from the side of the house. He then observed the victim and the suspect walking away from the side of the location. The victim stated to Officer Garrett: “He raped me. He tried to rape me.” Officer Garrett quickly stopped the suspect, while calling for additional units to assist him.

Upon further investigation, the victim stated that during the struggle, the suspect ripped the rear of her dress, but had failed to get her dress up. A witness stated that he observed the suspect holding the victim and that it appeared that they were “doing something.” The suspect was placed under arrest for Assault with Attempt to Commit First Degree Sexual Abuse.

Officer Garrett’s vigilant patrolling in the Seventh District along with his keen observation lead to the apprehension of a violent sexual predator.

Achievement Medal


5D Officers Close Carjacking That Began as a Robbery in Fourth District

On Thursday, June 9, 2016, at approximately 9 pm, members of the Fourth District responded to the 1600 block of Oak Street, NW, for a report of an armed robbery. Once on the scene, they learned that three victims had been robbed at gun point, and the suspects had fled in a red Ford Fusion, bearing Louisana tags. Fourth District units then simulcast the look-out for the suspect vehicle, citywide.

At approximately 2:20 am, Officer Johannes Smith heard the report and found the vehicle parked in the 1000 block of 19th Street, NE, occupied by three individuals. He approached the driver of the vehicle and ordered him out. Both the front seat passenger and the rear passenger exited the vehicle and fled. Detective Smith was then able to take the driver of the vehicle into custody, while simultaneously alerting the responding units of the fleeing suspects.

MPO Fred Rosario arrived on the scene and coordinated a perimeter with the other responding units.  While responding to the area, Officers Patrick Bacon, Scott Brown and Antoine Brathwaite stopped an individual matching the description of one of the fleeing suspects in the 1100 block of 21st Street, NE. At that same time, Officer Lorelei Hillgren stopped another individual matching the lookout in the 1800 block of M Street, NE.

Officer Smith positively identified both of the individuals detained as the suspects that fled from the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle a revolver was recovered in plain view beneath the front passenger seat. Additionally, the officers recovered a black ski-mask and an identification card belonging to one of the robbery victims. Further investigation into the arrests revealed that one of the suspects was wanted in connection with a homicide that occurred on February 19, 2016.

Achievement Medal


Sixth District Teams Up to Catch Robbery Subject, Recovery Handgun

On December 15, 2015, a female victim was robbed at gunpoint by two male subjects while walking in the Unit block of Ridge Road, SE. The suspects fled on foot across East Capitol Street, towards 40th Street, NE. Five months later, on May 14, 2016, Officers John Garziano, Richard Marron, and Michael Nardi were on patrol in the 3700 block of Minnesota Avenue, NE, when they were flagged down by a concerned citizen in reference to a subject wanted for armed robbery. Officer Nardi communicated with Detective Jordan Katz by cell phone and was given all the particulars about the case, and a confirmation of the warrant.

The officers approached the subject and apprehended him without incident. While searching the suspect, the officers recovered a handgun affixed with a laser and an extended magazine. During a strategic interviewing process by Detective Nicholas Smith the suspect admitted to the December robbery.

Lifesaving Medal


First District Members Bring Jumper Back from Ledge on Sousa Bridge

On Saturday, June 11, 2016, Sergeant Daniel Thau was driving work when he saw a woman sitting on the Sousa Bridge, at the highest span of the bridge. Her legs were dangling over the edge. She was holding a box cutter, and she was bleeding from her right wrist. Sergeant Thau immediately pulled over and ran to the scene, where he observed Officer Taariq Cephas calmly speaking to the woman. Officers Stephen Love and James Keenan arrived on the scene to assist. After two or three minutes of dialogue with the subject, the officers convinced the woman to put the box cutter down. As she placed the box cutter down, the she edged closer to the ledge and made a movement of pushing of the bridge to jump. With no regard to their own safety, Sergeant Thau and Officers Love, Cephas, and Keenan leapt into action and grabbed the woman, pulling her back to safety and saving her life.

Lifesaving Medal


5D, SSD Officers Work Together to Save Woman Threatening Suicide

On Friday, June 3, 2016, at approximately 9:30 am, Officers Dante Myles and Sylvester Jackson were flagged down by a citizen who advised them that a female subject was standing in front of a Metro bus and that it appeared that she was trying to kill herself. When Officers Myles and Jackson arrived at the scene, they found a woman covered in blood standing directly in the path of a Metrobus. She had a pair of garden shears in her hands. The officers could see several lacerations to her wrists as well as an eviscerating wound to her stomach.

While Officers  Myles and Jackson were attempting to console the subject and protect innocent bystanders, Officers Mark Steffenburg and William Burke arrived on the scene to assist. Officers Myles, Burke, and Steffenburg continued to talk to the subject, while Officer Jackson stealthily approached her from behind, and seized the garden shears from her grip. At the same time, Officers Burke, Steffenburg, and Myles were able to gain control of the subject. Officer Burke wrapped the subject’s wrist with a towel and applied pressure to the gaping, bloody wound. The subject was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital, with Officer Burke following behind.

On the way to the hospital, the subject became violent inside of the ambulance. The ambulance stopped and Officer Burke exited his vehicle to help the medical personnel with subduing the subject. Due to the teamwork and quick thinking of these officers, an attempted suicide was averted.