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July 23, 2014
Updated 12:25 p.m. | Capitol Police confiscated a 9mm Ruger handgun from the bag of Camden, S.C., resident Ronald William Prestage shortly after 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning at the Cannon House Office Building. Prestage, 59, was arrested and charged with carrying a pistol without a license, a District of Columbia offense that carries up to five years in prison.
Records indicate he has a concealed carry permit in South Carolina. Prestage is a veterinarian and farm operator, and is president-elect of the National Pork Producers Council. He may have been on the Hill to lobby on agriculture issues.
Two officers escorted Prestage from the building in handcuffs around 9:35 a.m., and loaded him into a waiting police van. He did not respond to questions from CQ Roll Call.
Prestage was taken to Capitol Police headquarters for processing, according to department spokesman Shennell Antrobus.
The northeast Cannon door reopened around 9:50 a.m.
July 9, 2014
A guilty plea to embezzlement charges from the head of the Capitol Police’s Office of Diversity provoked U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Richard J. Leon to exclaim, “I’ve never seen anything like this in my 12 years here.”
Leon rejected Diversity Officer Deborah K. Lewis’ planned misdemeanor guilty plea on allegations that she stole public funds while employed at Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He called federal prosecutors’ claims that she embezzled more than $1,000 a crime that was “on its face a felony,” and instructed her attorneys to come up with another strategy.
To the rank-and-file officers of the Capitol Police, the case that stunned the judge is an all too familiar example of questionable hiring choices for civilian jobs in the department’s administrative division. They count an attorney who was disbarred for dishonesty and misrepresentation before being hired by the department, and a current contract worker who was fired from the D.C. government as part of a nepotism investigation, as among the Capitol Police’s most contentious employment decisions. Full story
June 27, 2014
Updated 3:58 p.m. | The D.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner removed a body from Lower Senate Park on Friday afternoon, following an investigation by Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department.
Capitol Police received a report of an unconscious man in the park at about 12:15 p.m., according to department spokeswoman Lt. Kimberly Schneider.
Police cordoned off the northern third of the park with crime scene tape and closed Delaware Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and C Street in Northeast D.C.
ABC7 news reports the victim was a homeless man who may have died as a result of exposure to elements. Temperatures were in the mid-80s.
Niels Lesniewski contributed to this report.
April 15, 2014
Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine clarified that his officers are not the “media police,” following a March 28 police-press run-in that nearly resulted in the arrest of a journalist.
Dine also apologized for the incident, in which an officer briefly detained BloombergBNA’s Ari Natter and demanded Natter’s driver’s license and Social Security number, after the reporter allegedly jostled the cop while trying to ask Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy a question.
In an April 10 meeting with Heather Rothman, chairwoman of the Executive Committee of Periodical Correspondents, and press gallery staff, Dine said he wished the incident had been better handled, according to sources in attendance.
News of Natter’s brush with law enforcement raised concerns among congressional reporters that police might interfere with their attempts to interact with the high-profile officials who are escorted around the Capitol by security details. Some questioned whether police “actions could have a chilling effect on future police-media interactions,” Rothman said.
Dine assured reporters that Capitol Police don’t care who is asking questions or what they are trying to ask, as long as they are a credentialed member of the press. He said his department’s job is to provide security and help move people around the Hill.
“The meeting went well and was very productive,” Dine said in an email to CQ Roll Call. Capitol Police fulfills “many roles in our status as a unique police agency and some of the most important things we do is protect the rights of citizens to express themselves and protect the freedom of the press as we go about our duties protecting and serving the legislative process.
“Our folks do this on practically a daily basis almost always with skill, tact and diplomacy,” he continued. “As such, we in fact are committed to excellence in our officers’ daily interactions with members, staff, our media partners, and the public. I, too, pledge to continue to work together.”
Dine also reiterated the contents of a February memo on interacting with the media, in which he notified officers that members of the media are permitted in an area closer than the general public that should safely afford a view of the scene, without interfering with law enforcement operations. He also emphasized that reporters need to make sure they have their press credentials on them at all times and visible.
In the wake of what Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance W. Gainer described as a “kerfuffle,” Rothman said she felt “pleased and reassured that Capitol Police views this as an isolated situation and that [Dine] wishes it had been handled differently.”
“We opened up a line of communication that wasn’t necessarily there in the past,” she said.
March 18, 2014
Police have identified the teen who died following a gun fight with authorities that took place a few blocks northwest of Union Station Tuesday morning as a 19-year-old from Hyattsville, Md.
Daquan Hendrix was wanted in the Feb. 27 homicide of Tykia Dickerson in Northeast D.C., according to the Metropolitan Police Department.
The shootout ensued shortly after 6:17 a.m., when officers from a fugitive task force showed up on K Street Northwest with an arrest warrant.
Police say Hendrix produced a handgun and fired shots at the officers. The officers then returned fire, fatally wounding Hendrix.
First responders then arrived and transported Hendrix to a local hospital where he died.
No officers were injured in the gun battle and the department’s Internal Affairs Division is conducting an investigation.
March 7, 2014
Capitol Police have cleared the scene of a fatal single-car crash that propelled a silver SUV into a tree south of the Capitol early Friday morning.
No details have been released on what may have caused the high-speed collision as the driver headed northbound on South Capitol Street. The car hit a large, decorative flower pot — ironically designed to deter crashes and traffic — with such force that the vehicle was flung airborne, ripping branches nearly 30 feet above the ground from two nearby trees.
Updated 6:42 p.m.
First responders arriving on the scene around 3 a.m. found the silver SUV vertically wrapped around a tree, about 50 feet from the cracked pot. The force of the crash catapulted pieces of the car into the intersection with D Street Southeast. The Metropolitan Police Department identified the driver, who died in the accident, as 19-year-old Hunter B. Harries of McLean, Va. A toxicology report is “pending autopsy,” said MPD spokesman Hugh Carew.
Debris from the crash, including the SUV’s engine and a car door, littered South Capitol Street and a Capitol barricade. Officers on the scene said car parts had been found on the roof of the nearby Longworth Office Building Parking Garage, where staffers congregated to gawk and photograph the messy accident. Full story
Update 11:53 a.m. | A high-speed crash at the intersection of South Capitol and D streets Southeast landed a driver in the hospital early Friday morning — and the car in a nearby tree.
Capitol Police responded to the scene of the crash at approximately 3 a.m., according to department spokeswoman Lt. Kimberly Schneider.
The car hit one of the massive, round decorative flower pots outside the barricade on the South side of the Capitol campus and went airborne before landing in the tree, Schneider reported. The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed northbound on South Capitol Street. The car was still in the tree as of 7:37 a.m. Friday. Full story